SALT LAKE CITY — Over the years, the Utah Jazz have made a few dozen picks in the second round of the NBA draft, with selections including the likes of Junie Lewis, Nate Erdmann, Herbert Hill and Tadija Dragicevic.
Those were forgettable picks, but the Jazz have also had success with second-round picks in the past with at least a half-dozen players who saw significant action in Utah.
The Jazz had a second-round pick in Thursday night’s draft and selected Vincent Edwards, a 6-foot-8 forward from Purdue, only to immediately trade him to Houston for cash considerations.
Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said he was not able to talk about what the Jazz were getting in return for Edwards on Thursday night because the trade hadn’t been approved by the NBA yet.
“I can’t speak to it because the trade is not finalized,” Lindsey said. “As soon as the trade is finalized ... it’s literally the order you get into the trade queue and because it was a second-round pick, I would imagine it’s going to be sometime in the next few days.”
It didn't take that long. The team announced via press release early Friday morning that the Jazz received cash considerations.
Last year the Jazz took for Nigel Williams-Goss with their second-round pick at No. 55 overall. Williams-Goss ended up going overseas and playing for a professional team in Serbia.
Perhaps the most famous second-round Jazz pick was Bryon Russell, chosen No. 45 out of Long Beach State in 1993. Russell went on to start for the Jazz teams that made it to the NBA Finals along with Karl Malone and John Stockton.5 comments on this story
C.J. Miles, taken at No. 34 in 2005, has had a solid 13-year NBA career that still continues in Toronto after seven years in Utah. The following year, the Jazz selected Paul Millsap with the 47th pick and Millsap went on to become an All-Star in Atlanta after playing in Utah for seven seasons.
Other successful second-rounders for the Jazz were Shandon Anderson, No. 54 in 1996, Jarron Collins, No. 53 in 2001, Mo Williams, No. 47 in 2003, and Jeremy Evans, No. 55 in 2010, who though never was a starter for the Jazz, played in Utah for five seasons and won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 2012.