The Utah Jazz have two first-round picks in the upcoming NBA draft, including the final selection of the first round. While it isn’t the easiest place to find a contributor, there have been plenty of solid players over the years who heard their names called at pick No. 30. In fact, there have even been five All-Stars and a Hall of Famer.
Here is a look at the best-of-the-best of the No. 30 selections in the NBA draft.
Other notables: Jeff Judkins, Marko Jaric, Sean Rooks and Mark West.
Note: Hall of Famer Spencer Haywood was also drafted with the No. 30 overall pick, but it was after he was already playing in the ABA.
10. Howard Eisley, Boston College, Minnesota Timberwolves, 1994
Eisley lasted 12 seasons in the NBA where he played for eight teams, including a very successful stint as Utah’s backup point guard. One of his best seasons came with the New York Knicks when he started 76 games and averaged 9.1 points, 5.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 27.4 minutes.
For his career, he averaged 6.5 points on 40.7 percent shooting with 3.5 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 786 games.
9. Don May, University of Dayton, New York Knicks, 1968
May was a natural scorer who put up big numbers. His best season came with the Buffalo Braves in 1970-71 when he averaged 20.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting from the field. He also contributed 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 35.1 minutes a night.
During his seven-year career, he averaged 8.8 points on 45.3 percent shooting with 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 379 games.
8. Othella Harrington, Georgetown, Houston Rockets, 1996
While he bounced around a lot, Harrington had a nice 12-year career as a second-line big man. His most productive season came with the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1999-00 when he started all 82 games and averaged 13.1 points on 50.6 percent shooting from the floor. He added 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 32.6 minutes.
For his career, he averaged 7.4 points on 50.5 percent shooting with 4.4 rebounds in 709 games.
7. Ollie Johnson, Temple, Portland Trail Blazers, 1972
Like many players on this list, Johnson kicked around some during his time in the NBA, but he was a solid producer when given the opportunity. His most successful season came with the Kansas City Kings in 1975-76 when he averaged 10.1 points on 51.3 percent shooting from the field. He added 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 81 games.
During his 10-year career, he averaged 7.7 points on 49.6 percent shooting with 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 690 games.
6. Gheorghe Muresan, Romania, Washington Bullets, 1993
While his career didn’t last long, Muresan was remarkably productive. He averaged in double figures three consecutive seasons and led the NBA in field-goal percentage in back-to-back years. His best season came in 1995-96 when he won the Most Improved Player after he averaged 14.5 points on 58.4 percent shooting from the floor. He also chipped in with 9.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 76 games.
In 307 games, he averaged 9.8 points on 57.3 percent shooting with 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 21.9 minutes.
5. Chuck Noble, Louisville, Philadelphia Warriors, 1954
Although he was drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors, Noble played his entire career with the Pistons. His best season came in 1959-60 when he made his lone All-Star Game appearance after averaging 11.3 points, 4.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 58 games.
For his career, he averaged 8.0 points, 3.3 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 411 games.
4. Nate McMillan, NC State, Seattle SuperSonics, 1986
McMillan was a fantastic floor leader who was at his best finding his teammates for open shots or playing good defense. He finished in the top 10 in assists per game three times and was a two-time Second-Team All-Defensive honoree. One of his best seasons came in 1987-88 when he averaged 7.6 points on 47.4 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 8.6 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 82 games.
For his career, he averaged 5.9 points on 44.3 percent shooting with 6.1 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 796 games.
3. David Lee, Florida, New York Knicks, 2005
Lee has been a consistent finisher in the paint and an excellent rebounder no matter where he has played. He is a two-time All-Star who has also earned All-NBA honors and won a championship. One of his best seasons came with the New York Knicks in 2009-10 when he averaged 20.2 points a night on 54.5 percent shooting from the field. He added 11.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.0 steals in 81 games to make his first All-Star Game appearance.
So far in his career, he is averaging 13.5 points on 53.5 percent shooting with 8.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 829 games.
2. Jimmy Butler, Marquette, Chicago Bulls, 2011
Butler is one of the best two-way players in the game today. He is a lockdown defender who can dominate on the offensive end by attacking the basket and getting to the free-throw line. He has made three straight All-Star Game appearances and has been an All-Defensive Second-Team selection three times. His most impressive season came in 2016-17 when he averaged 23.9 points on 45.5 percent shooting while adding 6.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.9 steals in 76 games.
So far in his career, he is averaging 15.6 points on 44.8 percent shooting with 4.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 399 games.
1. Gilbert Arenas, Arizona, Golden State Warriors, 2001
Arenas was one of the best scoring guards in the league when he was at the top of his game. He was a three-time All-Star and a three-time All-NBA selection. One of his best seasons came with the Washington Wizards in 2005-06 when he averaged 29.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting from the floor. He added 6.1 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 80 games.
For his career, he averaged 20.7 points on 42.1 percent shooting with 5.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 552 games.