The schools’ had 9 players picked among the first 10 in NBA Draft history. Utah has even had two #1 overall selections. Andrew Bogut was first overall in 2005 while fellow center Bill McGill was picked 6 slots ahead of John Havlicek “Stole The Ball” in 1962.
For fun, let’s compare the NBA career stat lines of two 6’10” forwards:
PPG RPG TS%
18 6 54
16 7 53
As you may have guessed these lines belong to 20,000 point scorer, Chambers and two-time All-American, Van Horn.
While both these guys fulfilled their potential in The League we have an unexpected addition to the top 10 all-time assist list. He was chosen 8th overall between Rip Hamilton and Shawn Marion in the stacked 1999 Draft. As the modern day iron-man this point guard has played every game in nine of his 13 seasons. In the four other years he has played 80, 80, 81, 81 games. That’s a games played rate of 99.4%.
Thanks to his durability he has accumulated some impressive numbers under the radar:
14,804 PTS (127th all-time in NBA)
7,521 AST (10)
1,398 STL (46)
3,726 FTM (79)
9 Triple-Doubles (27)
Ty Lawson couldn’t ask for a better tutor during his first few years running the point in the pros. Of course we are referring to the always reliable, vastly under-rated Andre Miller, the best pro to come out of Utah.