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The 1988 NBA draft redone: Who did the Jazz miss out on when they took Eric Leckner in the first round? (25 items)

By , For the Deseret News

May 28, 2014

The 1988 draft was full of changes.

The NBA changed the draft from seven rounds to just three, which meant only 75 players were selected. Of the 75 players taken, 58 of them played in the NBA, according to basketball-reference.com. The player taken with the lowest pick to play in the league was Gerald Paddio, who appeared in 129 games after being picked with the second to last overall choice.

While there was only one Hall of Fame-worthy player in this draft, there were still a bunch of All-Stars and guys who had good careers. There were also more than a handful of players who didn’t quite reach the potential that they showed early in their respective careers.

Note: The Utah Jazz selected Eric Leckner with the 17th overall pick out of Wyoming. He played eight seasons in the NBA with the Jazz, Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons and the Vancouver Grizzlies but was never more than a part-time player.

For his career, Leckner averaged 4.1 points on 50.8 percent shooting and 3.2 rebounds in 449 games.

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1 of 25. 25. Tim Perry

Perry was the seventh overall pick by the Phoenix Suns out of Temple. Although he was traded for some great players during his career, Perry never reached the lofty expectations the Suns had for him. His best year came in his last season in Phoenix where he averaged 12.3 points, almost seven rebounds and 1.5 blocks a night.

For his career, Perry averaged 6.8 points and four rebounds in 481 games.


2 of 25. 24. Will Perdue

Perdue was taken with the 11th overall pick of the draft by the Chicago Bulls out of Vanderbilt. Perdue was a serviceable bench player for most of his career and even started for a full season in Chicago. His best year came in San Antonio, where as a part-time starter he averaged almost 9 points to go along with 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks a night. He walked away from the game with four championship rings from his time with the Bulls and the Spurs.

For his career, Perdue averaged 4.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in 792 games.

3 of 25. 23. Steve Kerr

Kerr was the 25th pick in the second round (50th overall) out of Arizona. He never averaged double figures in points in any season during his NBA career. The reason he lands at 23 is because of his remarkable 3-point shooting. In fact, he is the leading 3-point shooter by percentage in NBA history. Because of that great stroke, Steve was a huge part of five NBA championship teams.

For his career, Kerr averaged six points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 910 games.

4 of 25. 22. Ricky Berry

Berry was the 18th overall pick by the Sacramento Kings out of San Jose State. Berry only played one season in the NBA, but showed enormous potential in his 64 games. Berry had one of his most impressive outings of his rookie season against the Jazz when he registered 33 points on the strength of 6-of-10 shooting from 3-point range to go along with four steals in a 20-point Kings win. During that season, Berry averaged 11 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

Berry passed away only months before his second season was about to begin.

5 of 25. 21. Ledell Eackles

Eackles was the 11th pick in the second round (36th overall) by the Washington Bullets out of the University of New Orleans. Although he only spent seven years in the league, he was a double-figure scorer in four of those years. His best year came in 1989-90 when he averaged 13.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 78 games.

For his career, Eackles averaged 10.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 441 games.

1. Rock Of The Marne
Phoenix, AZ,
May 30, 2014

We're going back to 1988, really? Did Marty McFly and Doc Brown show up in the Delorean and whisk the author back in time to when the Jazz still played in the Salt Palace? Besides Mitch Richmond, this isn't really the who's who of basketball players. With 17th pick, they weren't going to get a Michael Jordan type player, especially in that draft. The Jazz have drafted poorly some years, this one doesn't stand out as a particular doozy. The one that still hurts is when they drafted Raul Lopez over Tony Parker (also drafting Dominique Wilkens then trading him for money and some over the hill veteran players).