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Utah Jazz’s Draft History (2006-2015)

Over the past 10 NBA Drafts (2006-2015), the Utah Jazz have made 22 selections, yielding just one All-Star in Paul Millsap (who is no longer with the team).

The following table details Utah’s track record by tiers, noting the number of All-Stars and starters selected, along with players who either never made the league or were out in five years or less:

Tier Picks All-Star All-Star Appearances Starter* Not in NBA
1-5 2 0 0 0 0
6-10 2 0 0 1 (50%) 0
11-15 3 0 0 1 (33.3%) 0
16-20 1 0 0 0 1 (100%)
21-25 3 0 0 1 (33.3%) 1 (33.3%)
26-30 1 0 0 0 0
31-40 1 0 0 0 1 (100%)
41-50 7 1 (14.3%) 3 1 (14.3%) 5 (71.4%)
51-60 2 0 0 0 1 (50%)
Total 22 1 (4.5%) 3 4 (18.2%) 9 (40.9%)

*Starter criteria determined as an average of 50 or more starts, over at least 40 percent of the player’s career.

The following is the league average over the same tiers:

Tier All-Star Starter Not in NBA
1-5 12 (24%) 30 (60%) 3 (6%)
6-10 8 (16%) 30 (60%) 7 (14%)
11-15 2 (4%) 12 (24%) 8 (16%)
16-20 3 (6%) 10 (20%) 8 (16%)
21-25 2 (4%) 8 (16%) 15 (30%)
26-30 1 (2%) 5 (10%) 20 (40%)
31-40 1 (2%) 11 (11%) 52 (52%)
41-50 2 (2%) 8 (8%) 70 (70%)
51-60 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 87 (87%)
Total 32 (5.3%) 115 (19.7%) 270 (45.0%)

Utah’s lone All-Star (Millsap) is now playing for the Atlanta Hawks.  The Jazz are slightly below the average in drafting starters, but Rudy Gobert is on the verge of breaking out, and Dante Exum, Alec Burks, Rodney Hood and Trey Lyles all have great potential.

Note that players are included with the team through any draft-day trades.  Some teams pick well but let an eventual starter leave for another, but that’s beyond the scope of this article.  Recently drafted players have yet to officially pass the “at least five years” test, but were considered as such if on a team’s roster by the end of the 2015-16 season.

Additionally, recent picks who have yet to join the NBA may still do so, but for this analysis are considered “out.”

Pick History 2006-2015

All-Stars: Paul Millsap (2006-47) — three appearances

Starters: Ronnie Brewer (2006-14), Millsap, Gordon Hayward (2010-9), Rodney Hood (2014-23)

Rotation Players: Kosta Koufos (2008-23), Jeremy Evans (2010-55), Enes Kanter (2011-3), Alec Burks (2011-12), Trey Burke (2013-9), Rudy Gobert (2013-27), Raul Neto (2013-47), Dante Exum (2014-5), Trey Lyles (2015-12)

Out in Five Years or Less: Dee Brown (2006-46), Morris Almond (2007-25), Kyrylo Fesenko (2007-38), Ante Tomic (2008-44), Tadija Dragicevic (2008-53), Eric Maynor (2009-20), Goran Suton (2009-50), Kevin Murphy (2012-47), Olivier Hanlan (2015-42)

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