Top 5 NBA draft picks in Utah Jazz history

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3. Paul Millsap

In the 2006 NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz selected Paul Millsap with the 47th pick in the second round. While the selection may not stand out to many as a top pick in Jazz history, for the value of the second round and the production of the pick, Millsap is easily a top three value pick for the Jazz.

While Millsap didn’t play for the Jazz his entire career, he was more than a role player for the team in his time with Utah. In 540 games with the Jazz, the Louisiana Tech product averaged 12.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.

In 2013, the Jazz allowed Millsap to walk in free agency to join the Atlanta Hawks, where he would become an All-Star. Meanwhile, following his departure from Utah, the Jazz would win only 25 games the next season.

The 38-year-old is currently a free agent, and despite his solid career, the power forward will likely retire in the near future. Regardless, Millsap is a four-time All-Star and a one-time NBA All-Defensive second team member.

Perhaps the Jazz gave up on the big man too soon, but Millsap still finds his way into the top three of the list.