Elijah Hughes' Draft Scouting Report: Pro Comparison, Updated Jazz Roster

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorNovember 19, 2020

Syracuse forward Elijah Hughes (33) dribbles against North Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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Elijah Hughes, who led Syracuse with 19.0 points per game last year, will head to the Utah Jazz after being selected 39th overall in the 2020 NBA draft by the New Orleans Pelicans before being traded to the Jazz. 


Bleacher Report Draft Expert Jonathan Wasserman's Scouting Report

PlayerElijah Hughes

Position: SG

Height: 6'6"

Weight: 215

Pro Comparison: Dwayne Bacon

Scouting ReportSyracuse featured Elijah Hughes all season, and he delivered with some of the best isolation shot-making skills in the draft class. He's 6'6", strong and athletic with the ability to shoot from deep, pull up and attack. His decision-making isn't always sharp, but Hughes' ability to stretch the floor and make shots could carry him to a long career. 


Here is a look at the Utah roster following this pick:

Jazz Active Roster and Average Salary (Expiration Year)

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Elijah Hughes, SG: Rookie scale contract (2024)

Udoka Azubuike, C: Rookie scale contract (2024)

Mike Conley, PG: $30.5M (2021)

Rudy Gobert, C: $25.5M (2021)

Bojan Bogdanovic, SF: $18.3M (2023)

Joe Ingles, SF: $14M (2022)

Royce O'Neale, SF: $9M (2024)

Ed Davis, PF: $4.9M (2021)

Donovan Mitchell, SG: $3.6M (2021)

Tony Bradley, C: $2.1M (2021)

Georges Niang, SF: $1.7M (2021)

Nigel Williams-Goss, PG: $1.6M (2022)

Miye Oni, SG: $1.4M (2022)


Free Agents

Emmanuel Mudiay, PG: UFA

Jarrell Brantley, F: RFA

Jordan Clarkson, G: UFA

Justin Wright-Foreman, PG: RFA

Juwan Morgan, PF: RFA

Rayjon Tucker, SF: RFA


Hughes should fit in nicely alongside Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell.

He can hit from the outside when defenders collapse on the other ball-handlers and also take some of the pressure off Mitchell's shoulders with the ability to create his own shots. That should help him play his way into the rotation during his rookie season.