The 1988 NBA draft redone: Who did the Jazz miss out on when they took Eric Leckner in the first round?

Published: Wednesday, May 28 2014 2:51 p.m. MDT

The 1988 draft was full of changes.

The NBA changed the draft from seven rounds to just three, which meant only 75 players were selected. Of the 75 players taken, 58 of them played in the NBA, according to basketball-reference.com. The player taken with the lowest pick to play in the league was Gerald Paddio, who appeared in 129 games after being picked with the second to last overall choice.

While there was only one Hall of Fame-worthy player in this draft, there were still a bunch of All-Stars and guys who had good careers. There were also more than a handful of players who didn’t quite reach the potential that they showed early in their respective careers.

Note: The Utah Jazz selected Eric Leckner with the 17th overall pick out of Wyoming. He played eight seasons in the NBA with the Jazz, Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons and the Vancouver Grizzlies but was never more than a part-time player.

For his career, Leckner averaged 4.1 points on 50.8 percent shooting and 3.2 rebounds in 449 games.

Jay Yeomans is a courier by day and a freelance writer by night. He is the creator and lead writer of the website jmoneysports.com. Contact him at jmoney34@hotmail.com. Twitter: @jmoneysports

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Rock Of The Marne
Phoenix, AZ

We're going back to 1988, really? Did Marty McFly and Doc Brown show up in the Delorean and whisk the author back in time to when the Jazz still played in the Salt Palace? Besides Mitch Richmond, this isn't really the who's who of basketball players. With 17th pick, they weren't going to get a Michael Jordan type player, especially in that draft. The Jazz have drafted poorly some years, this one doesn't stand out as a particular doozy. The one that still hurts is when they drafted Raul Lopez over Tony Parker (also drafting Dominique Wilkens then trading him for money and some over the hill veteran players).

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