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10 Thurl Bailey
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The seventh pick in 1983 resulted in ten seasons of service from the power forward / center. Bailey was a key component to Utah’s improvement in from a laugher to a contender.

9 Andrei Kirilenko
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With the 24th pick of the 1999 draft, Utah found its leader in the transition out of the Stockton and Malone era. After some time in Russia, he was voted to the All-Rookie Team in 2002. A future All-Star and All-Defensive First Team representative, he helped ease the loss of the greatest Jazz duo ever. He was the second player ever to rank in the top five in rebounds and steals in the same year. He excelled in weak-side defense and was known for filling up a stat sheet like few players could. Kirilenko is currently a free agent.

8 Bryon Russell
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Late in the second round (45th overall) Utah nabbed a guard that would play a role for the Stockton and Malone teams that twice marched into the NBA Finals. Russell often (sometimes famously) was assigned the task of guarding Michael Jordan but improved his scoring and rebounding averages in the playoffs. He lasted 13 NBA seasons, nine for Utah.

7 Paul Millsap
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In an era where scouting talent is a science, Millsap was the 47th player selected in 2006 and led all rookies with six double-doubles while playing in every game that season and eventually reached a streak of 194 in a row. He became a starting power forward for the Jazz after filling in for the injured Carlos Boozer for much of the 2008-2009 season. He scored a career-high 46 points against the Miami Heat including 11 points in 28 seconds. He remains a fan favorite for his hard work and toughness.

6 Deron Williams
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The Jazz traded up to get the point guard it had been seeking since John Stockton’s retirement. The book on Williams is far from written but his assist average is good enough for sixth all time and he is as potent a scorer as he is a floor general. A trade cut his Jazz history short, but during his stint in Utah he made two All-Star teams and put Utah back in the playoffs consistently. Currently on New Jersey’s roster, he is considered one of the elite point guards in the league.

5 Dominique Wilkins
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While he never played for Utah, selecting him third in the 1982 draft was a great pick but the trade that brought John Drew, Freeman Williams and cash to the Jazz in exchange for “The Human Highlight Film” is one of the worst in NBA history. The Hawks, with ‘Nique, had four consecutive 50-win seasons and epic playoff matchups with the great Boston Celtics of that era. He was a nine time All-Star, a prolific scorer and won a pair of dunk titles for good measure. His high flying career landed him in the Hall of Fame.

4 Mark Eaton
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In 1982 the Jazz selected the 7'4" center from UCLA with the 72nd pick after he played limited minutes in college. The Jazz saw a potential defensive stopper and he became just that and still holds the blocks-per-game career mark with 3.5. He is one of only 11 players taken after the third round to appear in an All-Star game, was twice the NBA Defensive Player of the Year and three times on the All-Defensive First Team. His No. 53 is retired by the Jazz.

3 Darrell Griffith
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Dr. Dunkenstein, also known as The Golden Griff, was the No. 2 selection in the 1980 draft. The new to Utah Jazz weren't yet on firm footing and the team needed a star. After winning the NCAA title at Louisville, Griffith delivered in Utah as well, winning the Rookie of the Year award. Over the next four seasons the Jazz improved drastically, setting up the Stockton and Malone era. All ten of his NBA seasons were with the Jazz and his retired #35 hangs in the rafters of EnergySolutions Arena.

2 John Stockton
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Taken 16th in the 1984 draft, an argument could be made that he should be #1 on this list. A selection fans booed managed to accomplish:
* First ballot Hall-of-Fame inductee
* Voted an All-Star 10 times
* Named one of the NBA's 50 greatest players
* All-time NBA assist leader with 15,806
* All-time NBA steals leader with 3,265
* Played all 1,504 NBA games for Jazz
* One of three players to have more than 1,000 assists in two seasons — did it seven times
* One of two players with career average assist greater than 10
* Holds assist-per-game average for one season: 14.5
* Jazz jersey retired, statue erected, street named

1 Karl Malone
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Selecting 13th in 1985, the Jazz drafted an all-time great. His accomplishments include:
* First ballot Hall-of-Fame inductee
* Two time MVP
* Named one of the NBA's 50 greatest players
* 2nd most points all time (36,928)
* Voted to 11 All-NBA first teams
* Voted an All-Star 14 times
* Played 1,434 games in a Jazz uniform
* Averaged 37.2 minutes, 51% shooting, 25 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.41 steals per game
* Jazz jersey retired, statue erected, street named