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Xavier Henry, Gerald Henderson, Jerryd Bayless, Julian Wright, Hilton Armstrong, Yaroslav Korolev, Robert Swift, Nick Collison, Marvin Ely and Vladimir Radmanovic. Those are the last 10 players that have been taken with the No. 12 pick in the NBA Draft.
If you're the Jazz, why not take Jimmer? History shows that players taken with the 12th pick don't usually amount to much in the NBA. (Some of the players listed are better than others.) If Jimmer turns out to be close to the player than he was in college, the Jazz made an incredible pick at 12. If he turns out to be a bust like many think he will, then he will just join the long list of No. 12 picks that didn't amount to much.
This pick seems obvious to me. The Jazz need a point guard and a shooter; Jimmer is both. The Jazz need to do something to help please a fanbase that was on an emotional roller coaster last season; Jimmer has more fans in Utah than anywhere else.
Jimmer has been compared to Steph Curry, Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Adam Morrison, Kyle Korver and JJ Redick. Nobody really knows what he's going to end up being in the NBA. If you're the Jazz then why not take the gamble? Jimmer could be great in the NBA, and if he's not great then you sell some tickets and jerseys along the way.