Utah Jazz: Will the Jazz Take Klay Thompson or Alec Burks Rather Than Jimmer?
Late workouts by Klay Thompson and Alec Burks lead to speculation about Utah Jazz's pick
As soon as Jimmer Fredette's magical season at BYU ended, speculation began that the Utah Jazz were going to do everything in their power to get him in their uniform come next season.
It worked out rather well that they ended up with the pick they did. At No. 12, they found themselves right in the range that Jimmer was expected to be picked and one spot ahead of the Phoenix Suns, another team that is said to covet Fredette.
On top of his overwhelming popularity in Utah and the financial windfall that will come with him, he is simply a good fit for their team. The Jazz are a team searching for scoring punch after losing Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams within the span of a single calendar year.
If his numbers over his BYU career are any indication, Jimmer will bring plenty of scoring to the table.
Now, there is some indication that maybe the Jazz are exploring other options with that No. 12 pick. They recently held a workout with Washington State's Klay Thompson and Colorado's Alec Burks, two players very similar to Jimmer Fredette in terms of skill set.
In an article by Steve Luhm of the Salt Lake Tribune, Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin talked about what they see in those two players:
"They are very talented kids that can handle the ball for their position, make plays for other people or can create shots for themselves," Corbin said. " … They can get the ball in a tight space and make something happen."
In the end, I think the Jazz are still going to pull the trigger on Jimmer if he is there. He gives them what they need offensively and there is too much to gain from a monetary and fan relations standpoint to pass on him.
As I mentioned, Burks and Thompson are players pretty similar to Jimmer. I think they are simply working them out to give the team a good idea of some other options should the Suns (or some other team) jump the Jazz to take Jimmer.
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