NBA Draft Lottery: Utah Jazz Could Have Two Picks Fall in the Top 10
The Utah Jazz are my current favorite to end up with the best draft.
The Jazz have the New Jersey Nets first round pick and a lottery pick of their own. They also have Devin Harris, who may be a valuable trade piece, and Mehmet Okur's expiring contract.
The Jazz auditioned last year's first round pick, Gordon Hayward, toward the end of the season and he actually played pretty well. They have their starting frontcourt filled with Al Jefferson and Paul Milsap, but could use another post presence to come in with the improving Derrick Favors.
With their two picks, the Jazz should take a point guard/shooting guard and find a backup big man. Here's the top 5 fits for Utah.
1. Kyrie Irving- If they land the No. 1 spot, they should definitely take Irving. Start Irving and trade away Harris to get a backup big man and some money.
2. Enes Kanter- If the Jazz end up at No. 3, which is a realistic possibility, Kanter would give them one of the more dangerous four men frontcourts in the league.
3. Brandon Knight- Same idea as Irving. Knight takes precedence over Harris.
4. Donatas Motiejunas- I would love this pick for the Jazz. It's going to take a few years for the 7'0'' Motiejunas to click, but he wouldn't have to be an impact player immediately with Jefferson, Millsap and Favors in front of him.
5. Alec Burks- The Utah Jazz have not had a high level, scoring shooting guard since...Pete Maravich? In the Jerry Sloan years the Jazz always had great point guards and good post play, but shooting guard tended to be more defensive focused. Burks could be a new look for the Jazz.
The Jimmer Fredette issue
It is going to be hard for the Jazz to pass up on Jimmer Fredette. In the top 10 picks, it's way too high to draft Fredette. At pick No. 11 through No. 14, it may have to happen.
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