Basketball The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft  

Ranker NBA
156 votes 8 voters 46 items

List Rules Vote based only on career success with the Utah Jazz. Only picks made since the NBA/ABA merger (since 1977).

The history of Utah Jazz first-round draft picks showcases a combination of both iconic players and disappointing busts. Karl Malone and John Stockton, two of the best players in NBA history, led the Jazz clubs that tangled with Michael Jordan in the 1990s and came up short in back-to-back years for a franchise that is still without a championship.

Players like Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter, a couple of the top current NBA players, came through in the 2010s but could not get the Jazz over the title hump. They were, however, better than Larry Knight or Luther Wright, two of the biggest NBA draft busts of all time.

So which of these players deserves the top spot for their contributions to the Jazz franchise? The stats below only reflect the players’ time spent with Utah, and that’s what you should base your vote on. Did this player help improve the Jazz when on the team?

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Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 13 (1985)

Stats
1,434 games played, 25.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 3.5 rpg, 1.4 spg, 0.8 bpg

Achievements
NBA Most Valuable Player (1997, 1999)
14× NBA All-Star (1988–1998, 2000–2002)
11× All-NBA First Team (1989–1999)
2× All-NBA Second Team (1988, 2000)
All-NBA Third Team (2001)
3× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1997–1999)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1988)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1986)

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John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 16 (1984)

Stats
1,504 games played, 13.1 ppg, 10.5 apg, 2.7 rpg, 2.2 spg

Achievements
10× NBA All-Star (1989–1997, 2000)
2× All-NBA First Team (1994, 1995)
6× All-NBA Second Team (1988–1990, 1992, 1993, 1996)
3× All-NBA Third Team (1991, 1997, 1999)
5× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1989, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1997)

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Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 3 (2004)

Stats
439 games played, 17.3 ppg, 9.1 apg, 3.2 apg, 1.1 spg

Achievements
2× NBA All-Star (2010, 2011)
2× All-NBA Second Team (2008, 2010)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2006)

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Darrell Griffith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 2 (1980)

Stats
765 games played, 16.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.1 apg

Achievements
NBA Rookie of the Year (1981)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1981)

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Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 9 (2010)

Stats
516 games played, 15.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.0 spg

Achievements
NBA All-Star (2017)

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Thurl Bailey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 7 (1983)

Stats
708 games played, 14.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.2 bpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1984)

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Enes Kanter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 3 (2011)

Stats
265 games played, 9.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg

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Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 24 (1999)

Stats
681 games played, 12.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.0 bpg, 1.4 spg

Achievements
NBA All-Star (2004)
NBA All-Defensive First Team (2006)
2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2004, 2005)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2002)

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Alec Burks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 12 (2011)

Stats
382 games played, 9.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg

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Dante Exum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 5 (2014)

Stats
204 games played, 5.9 ppg, 2.3 apg

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Greg Ostertag is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 28 (1995)

Stats
700 games played, 4.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.8 bpg

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DeShawn Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 23 (2000)

Stats
222 games played, 5.9 ppg

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Rodney Hood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 23 (2014)

Stats
227 games played, 13.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.0 apg

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Ronnie Brewer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 14 (2006)

Stats
266 games played, 10.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg

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James Hardy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
James Hardy

Draft selection: 11 (1978)

Stats
249 games played, 5.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg

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Tyler Lydon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 24 (2017)

Stats
26 games played, 0.9 ppg

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Dell Curry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 15 (1986)

Stats
67 games played, 4.9 ppg

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Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 3 (1982)

Stats
Never played for Jazz

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Danny Schayes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 13 (1981)

Stats
132 games played, 9.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.4 apg

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Scott Padgett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 28 (1999)

Stats
231 games played, 4.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg

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Kris Humphries is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 14 (2004)

Stats
129 games played, 3.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg

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Trey Lyles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 12 (2015)

Stats
151 games played, 6.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg

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Shabazz Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 14 (2013)

Stats
Never played for Jazz

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Gorgui Dieng is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 21 (2013)

Stats
Never played for Jazz

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Grayson Allen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Utah Jazz First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 21 (2018)

Stats
38 games played, 5.6 ppg