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Top 11 best Utah Jazz draft picks

Published: Wednesday, June 22 2011 10:27 p.m. MDT

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The seventh pick in 1983 resulted in ten seasons of service from the power forward / center. Bailey was a key component to Utah’s improvement in from a laugher to a contender.
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Warren Kay
Holladay, UT

Please simply list all the players rather than making us flip through a series of pictures! I decided not to open, but inlearned at least Thurl Bailey was on the list.

Richard Saunders
Provo, UT

Here's another vote for getting rid of this format, or at least an explanation as to why it is used. Is it for the page views for advertisers? It certainly is not enjoyable.

utopia381
Salt Lake City, UT

That's a funky handshake between Kennedy, Cummings and Wilkins. More awkward than anything.

Larry Curtis

Thanks for the input about the list format. We have and are considering a change in response to comments but many people like and use the format as it is and we will likely get complaints when we change. It is meant to be a visual format and it does provide, nearly always, interesting images with minimal text, which makes it different from most everything else we offer.

If you aren't aware, if you leave your mouse to rest on the dots along the top of each entry you can see all the selections in the list one at a time. This allows you not to click through if you choose or to jump to any spot in the list.

braandtje
OREM, UT

For what it's worth Larry, I like this format. I've got 45 seconds that apparently Warren and Richard don't; I won't ask for mine back:)

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

Griffith was a HORRIBLE pick. Yes, all caps, and deservedly so. Nice player, good guy, not a bad pick because he was bad, but because the Jazz passed over Kevin McHale. You know, one of the other 50 Greatest of All-time. Why? Because the Jazz thought Griffith, coming off an NCAA title, would sell seats. Coach Nissalke wanted McHale. Battisone wanted to sell tickets.

Can you even imagine McHale playing center with Malone at PF? Two great offensive and defensive players, with Stockton feeding them the ball. Can you spell T-I-T-L-E?

Old Scarecrow
Brigham City, UT

If Wilkins, who didn't play for the Jazz, is pick 5, then Deron Williams should be #3, ahead of Griffith and Wilkins. Eaton was an outstanding pick because of how far he came from nowhere, but not the impact player that DWill is and will continue to be. Yes, Griffith was a good player, and a good guy, but with a relatively short and uneventful career, few knowedgable NBA fans outside of Utah would even think of mentioning Griffith in the same sentence with DWill.

Old Scarecrow
Brigham City, UT

And as I review the list, it doesn't bode well for the results of today's draft. The Jazz only have three outstanding players who actually played for the Jazz: Malone, Stockton and Williams. That's a result of poor draft position for many years, as well as many disappointing choices.

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm not quite clear... are these the 11 best players drafted (had the best careers)for the Jazz or the draft picks that turned out the best relative to their draft position? I gotta disagree big time with the Bobby Hansen pick. Also, BRus rarely played the two. That was Horny's position.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

What I gather from this is the Jazz were great at scouting and drafting talent at both the top and bottom of the draft in the early 80's.

So what's happened since then?

RivertonCoug
Herriman, UT

Agree that Griff should be further down the list. Still, the list is a good one. And add another vote for keeping the format. I have the time to look through these lists.

myself
Salt Lake City, UT

Millsap should not be that high.

splitme2
West Jordan, UT

Maybe it doesn't matter, but I don't know who is who in this shot.

Ak Fan
Hamburg, GE

AK was best draft pick (steal) ever made by Jazz. Millsap is role player not same level with Stockton and Malone.

eagle
Provo, UT

Mark Eaton was a better player than Griffith and since we got him in a round (4th) that doesn't even exist in the draft anymore was quite the find.

eagle
Provo, UT

I would also have to put D-Will ahead of Griffith as well. Griff was a nice guy and solid player but wasn't an all-star material. Back to Eaton, he made an all-star team, NBA block shot leader several times, All-NBA defensive team several times, named Top NBA defensive player. So again, not sure why Griff would be ahead of either Eaton or D-Will. Again, another poorly conceived list by the D-News.

eagle
Provo, UT

The answer to the question above and the Jazz good draft picks of the 1980's. FRANK LAYDEN! Not all his picks were perfect but finding Stockton, Malone and Eaton was fantastic with solid picks like Bailey and Bobby Hansen.

shaybo
Richfield, UT

Enes Kanter will eventually be on this list.

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