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The 1987 NBA Draft redone: A look at who the Jazz missed out on when they drafted Jose Ortiz (23 items)

By Jay Yeomans

May 18, 2014

The 1987 NBA Draft wasn’t very deep but there were hall of famers and all-stars available if a general manager drafted wisely. The '87 draft was 161 picks over seven rounds with the first round consisting of 23 picks. Of the 161 players selected 55 of them played in the NBA according to basketball-reference.com. Of the 55 players to play in the NBA, Sarunas Marciulionis (sixth round, 127th overall) was the player taken with the lowest pick in the draft. Here's how the draft would have gone if GMs knew then what they know now about all of the players.

1 of 23. 23. Brad Lohaus, Iowa

Lohaus was originally taken with the 22nd pick in the second round (45th overall) by the Boston Celtics. He was a serviceable big man who played 11 seasons with the Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors. His most productive season came in 1989-90 when he split time between the Bucks and Timberwolves. That season, Lohaus averaged 9.2 points, five rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 blocks in 80 games (41 starts).

For his career, Lohaus averaged 5.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 656 games (116 starts).

2 of 23. 22. Donald Royal, Notre Dame

Royal was originally taken with the sixth pick in the third round (52nd overall) by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played eight seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors and the Charlotte Hornets. His best season came with the Magic in 1994-95 when he averaged 9.1 points, four rebounds and 2.8 assists in 70 games (68 starts).

For his career, Royal averaged 6.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and one assist in 504 NBA games (88 starts).

3 of 23. 21. Vincent Askew, Memphis

Askew was originally taken with the 16th pick in the second round (39th overall) by the Philadelphia 76ers. He lasted nine seasons while playing for the 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Seattle SuperSonics, New Jersey Nets, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets and the Portland Trail Blazers. His most productive season came with Seattle in 1994-95 when he averaged 9.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 71 games.

For his career, Askew averaged 7.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 467 games (27 starts).

4 of 23. 20. Chris Dudley, Yale

Dudley was originally taken with the sixth pick of the fourth round (75th overall) by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played for 16 seasons with the Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns. His most productive season came with the Nets in 1990-91 when he averaged career-highs in points (7.1 per game) and blocks (2.5 per game) while also adding 8.4 rebounds.

For his career, Dudley averaged 3.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 886 games (331 starts).

5 of 23. 19. Dennis Hopson, Ohio State

Hopson was originally taken with the third overall pick by the New Jersey Nets. He played for five seasons with the Nets, Chicago Bulls and the Sacramento Kings. His best season came with the Nets in 1989-90 when he averaged a career-high 15.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals in 79 games (64 starts).

For his career, Hopson averaged 10.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and one steal in 334 games (119 starts).