UTES IN THE NBA

Recent NBA Draft Picks

Year Player Round Pick Team
2017 Kyle Kuzma 1 27 Brooklyn Nets (Traded to LA Lakers)
2016 Jakob Poeltl 1 9 Toronto Raptors
2015 Delon Wright 1 20 Toronto Raptors
2005 Andrew Bogut 1 1 Milwaukee Bucks
2000 Hanno Möttölä 2 40 Atlanta Hawks
1999 Andre Miller 1 8 Cleveland Cavaliers
1998 Michael Doleac 1 12 Orlando Magic
1997 Keith Van Horn 1 2 Philadelphia 76ers (Traded to New Jersey)
1993 Byron Wilson 2 54 Phoenix Suns
1993 Josh Grant 2 43 Denver Nuggets

With Delon Wright (2015), Jakob Poeltl (2016) and Kyle Kuzma (2017) being taken in the first round in the NBA Draft in successive years, Utah was the only school in the Pac-12 to have had at least one player taken in the draft in three consecutive years from 2015-17. It was the first time since 1997-99 that Utah had a player taken in the first round of the NBA Draft three straight years.

Current Utes in the Association


Here’s a look at the journeys of Delon Wright and Jakob Poeltl from the University of Utah to the NBA’s Toronto Raptors.

Jakob Poeltl talks about his experience as a Runnin' Ute at the University of Utah.


Delon Wright – Toronto Raptors

Third year with the Raptors … selected No. 20 in the 2015 draft by Toronto … had the best year of his career in 2017-18, playing in 69 regular-season games and averaging 8.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists … helped team to the Eastern Conference semifinals … won the Bob Cousy Award for the nation’s top point guard and was a Sporting News All-American in 2014-15 … first two-time All-Pac-12 honoree in Utah history.



Jakob Poeltl – San Antonio Spurs

Traded to San Antonio in the summer of 2018 … spent two years with the Toronto Raptors … drafted with the ninth pick of the 2016 NBA Draft by the Raptors … first Ute Lottery pick since Andrew Bogut went No. 1 overall in 2005 … played in every regular-season game in 2017-18, averaging career-best totals of 6.9 points, 4.8 boards and 1.2 blocks … helped team to the Eastern Conference semifinals … All-American in 2015-16 … 2016 Pac-12 Player of the Year.



Kyle Kuzma – L.A. Lakers

In second season with the Lakers… selected in the first round of the 2017 draft with the No. 27 pick by the Brooklyn Nets and sent to the Los Angeles Lakes in a draft night trade … finished fourth in the 2017-18 NBA Rookies of the Year Award voting … averaged 16.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game … earned 2017 NBA Summer League Finals MVP honors … first-team All-Pac-12 and all-region selection in 2016-17.

Other Recent NBA Utes

Andrew Bogut

No. 1 overall pick in 2005 by Milwaukee … played 13 years in the league, spending his last with the Los Angles Lakers in 2017-18 … currently an Australian professional basketball player for the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League (NBL) … won 2015 NBA title with Golden State and helped the Warriors win a league-record 73 games in 2015-16 … 2015 NBA All-Defensive Second Team … career averages of 10.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 blocked shots per game … over 6,600 points and 5,700 rebounds in his career … played for the Bucks from 2005-12 … 2010 All-NBA Third Team … named to the 2006 NBA All-Rookie First Team … led NBA in blocked shots per game in 2010-11 (2.6) and second in 2009-10 (2.5) … Australia native played for his national team in the 2006 FIBA World Championships, and the 2004, 2008 and 2016 Summer Olympics … led Boomers to fourth-place finish in 2016.


Andre Miller

Selected No. 8 overall in 1999 by Cleveland … played 17 years as a pro … spent his last season in the NBA with the Spurs and Timberwolves in 2015-16 … ranks ninth in NBA history in career assists (8,524) … one of just eight players in NBA history to tally at least 16,000 points and 8,000 assists in a career … career averages of 12.5 points, 6.5 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game … 11 appearances in the NBA Playoffs … NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2000 … led NBA in assists in 2001-02 (10.9 apg) … starter on the 1998 Goodwill Games team that won the gold medal, played on the gold medal team from the 2001 Goodwill Games, and was on the 2002 FIBA World Championships squad.


Michael Doleac

Taken as the No. 12 overall pick by Orlando in 1998 ... NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 1999 … after three years with the Magic, played with Cleveland (2001-02), New York (2002-04), Denver (2004), Miami (2004-07) and Minnesota (2007-08) … won an NBA Championship with the Miami Heat in 2006 … 2,882 points and 1,955 rebounds in his career.


Keith Van Horn

No. 2 overall pick in 1997 by Philadelphia … made two trips to the NBA Finals in 10 year career, averaging 16.0 points and nearly 6.8 rebounds … 9,206 points, 3,909 rebounds, 900 assists during his career … traded shortly after the draft from the 76ers to New Jersey, where he spent five seasons (1997-2002) … NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1998 … fifth in the NBA in scoring (21.8 ppg) in 1998-99 … top rebounder and second-best scorer for the 2002 Eastern Conference champions … played for Philadelphia, New York and Milwaukee before endeding his career with Dallas (2004-06) … key sixth man with the Mavericks during their 2006 Western Conference championship season.


From left: Andrew Bogut was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, taken by the Milwaukee Bucks. It made front page news in Salt Lake City. Keith Van Horn appeared on the front of Slam Magazine with his fellow starters from the New Jersey Nets as they made a run the 2002 NBA Finals. Van Horn was congratulated by NBA Commissioner David Stern after being taken No. 2 overall in 1997.