We're still two months away from May 17, when the ping-pong balls will bounce and decide the order of the NBA Draft. But all the madness hit stride last weekend, so it's the perfect time to evaluate team needs for the 2011-2012 NBA season.
For the Utah Jazz, uncertainty brings more uncertainty.
The playoff hopes for the Jazz are all but out the door. For the first time since 2005 and only the third time since the lottery's inception, Utah is lottery-bound from its own accord.
But missing the playoffs may not be the worst thing for the Jazz.
The trade that sent Deron Williams to New Jersey surrendered the Nets' 2011 first-round, unprotected pick to Utah. If the Jazz miss the playoffs, they will have two of the first 14 picks in the draft.
But if they manage to make the postseason, they lose their first round pick. Also, they've already sold the rights to their second-round pick to the Chicago Bulls with the sign-and-trade that helped Carlos Boozer arrive in the Windy City.
So if they're going to get work done, it has be in the lottery.
Going on the assumption that Utah fails to make the playoffs, the Jazz will have two lottery picks and eight guaranteed players on their roster.