Roy Hibbert and the Utah Jazz 2008 Draft

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Roy Hibbert and the Utah Jazz 2008 Draft

With the NBA Draft right around the corner, the Utah Jazz have many serious questions to consider. 

First off, the Jazz need to make signing Deron Williams their top priority, while also discussing the extension of contracts with players such as Carlos Boozer and Paul Millsap. 

After the bulk of the team's future is in check, the Jazz's main focus will return to the 23rd pick of the NBA Draft. 

Roy Hibbert seems to be the most popular online pick for the Jazz, however, there is serious question as to if he will be able to provide enough defensively (especially after a season in which he averaged 6.4 rebounds a game), let alone make a substantial addition to an already claustrophobic frontcourt game. 

Hibbert had a tremendous season his junior year with scouts drooling over his enormous presence in the post (Hibbert is 7-foot-2) and was a projected lottery pick. 

After a somewhat disappointing senior year, Hibbert is still in the mix as a solid center and will definitely be a candidate for the Jazz's first round selection.  Although Hibbert is not the flashiest or entertaining player in the draft, he is a solid center and a very typical Jazz pick. 

After the last several years, the Jazz have been forced to pick based on need in the Draft and have not taken very many chances with young talent.  Hibbert is a great Jazzman in the making. 

After all, this team has extended contracts to Jarron Collins and Matt Harpring; individuals who play tough, physical basketball.  Hibbert is not far off from this style of play, as he has a good basketball IQ, as well as an extremely hard-working mentality. 

The problem with this year's draft for the Jazz is that their largest need is also their deepest position. 

With Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver, C.J. Miles, and even the young star Morris Almond on the roster at shooting guard, the Jazz cannot and will not draft another shooter, even though the position has haunted the Jazz consistently. 

With perennial all-stars at the point guard and power forward positions, the center spot is really the only realistic need for the Utah Jazz. 

As mechanical and un-athletic as Hibbert is, he still fits soundly into a realistic weakness for a team that desperately needs another solid seven-footer. 

Although Hibbert's addition to the team would be mostly felt from off the bench, he could very well be the last piece to a championship run by the Utah Jazz.

Adam Lawrence

 

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