NBA Draft 2011: Utah Jazz's Best Possibilities on Draft Day

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NBA Draft 2011: Utah Jazz's Best Possibilities on Draft Day
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The 2011 NBA draft takes place on June 23 in Newark, New Jersey. With only a few weeks left until then, let's take a look at one of the "luckiest" teams in the draft lottery, the Utah Jazz.

The Utah Jazz own the third and 12th overall picks this year. The Jazz are in a great situation, as they have two picks in the lottery. With the third pick—acquired from New Jersey—they can select a franchise player for the future, and they also have the opportunity to select a dynamic role player with their later lottery pick.

Jumping three places in the lottery order (from sixth to third) provides an invaluable opportunity for Utah to redeem itself. The Jazz have entered a new era; no more Stockton to Malone, no more (sadly) Larry H. Miller, no more Williams and Boozer, and finally, no more Jerry Sloan.

This franchise has gone through the worst in the past few years, but rather than focusing on the downfalls and shortcomings of it, let's grasp this opportunity to build anew and start a new chapter in the brilliant legacy of the Utah Jazz.

It all starts with the draft. Read on:


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