Utah Jazz Draft Report

Breaking down the draft picks and roster outlook of the Utah Jazz heading into the NBA draft

2017-18 W/L: 48-34 2018-19 W/L: 50-32

Finished 5th in the western conference (Lost 4-1 to Houston in the first round of the playoffs)

Team Needs: PG, SF, PF

Free Agents: Ricky Rubio, Thabo Sefolosha, Ekpe Udoh

Under Contract: Mike Conley, Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors, Joe Ingles, Dante ExumDonovan Mitchell, Raul Neto, Tony Bradley, Georges Niang, Royce O’Neal 

2nd Pick: 2nd Round-53rd Overall

Players who could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Jalen Lecque, Jaylen Hands, Shamorie Ponds, Jared Harper

SG/SF: Deividas Sirvydis, Cody Martin, Brian Bowen, Daquan Jeffries, Admiral Schofield, Terence Davis

PF/C: Dewan Hernandez, Tacko Fall, Eric Paschall, Jontay Porter

Utah had a successful regular season before losing in the first round to Houston ending their playoff run much earlier than they had expected with the talent on their roster. Ricky Rubio is a free agent and was not expected to return to Utah, however that was cemented when they traded the #23 overall pick along with a future first round pick for Mike Conley from the Grizzlies. Kyle Korver, Grayson Allen and Jae Crowder head to Memphis, and the Jazz get their point guard for the next couple of seasons. This trade makes sense for both teams with Ja Morant expected to be taken by the Grizzlies at #2 overall, although Conley does come with a large contract. This now pairs Conley with the duo of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert to give them the foundation of the team for the near future. Joe Ingles is a solid player, but they could add some more depth to the roster if they would like to have a better chance of taking the next step as a franchise. Rolling the ball out with a starting lineup consisting on Mitchell, Conley, and Gobert is a good start to building a roster that can help them get past the first round going forward. 

It is not likely that a player taken late in the second round makes an immediate impact on a franchise, but there is a history of players being taken in that range developing into players that get to a starter level in the league. Despite the trade for Conley they could still draft a point guard to add depth at the position and possibly be groomed for a bigger role in the future, and there are multiple point guards who could available at #53 that could fill that role. Jalen Lecque, Jaylen Hands, Shamorie Ponds, Jared Harper, and Jordan Bone could still be on the board and while each of them have very different skill sets they could potentially stick in the league if put in the right situation. Selecting a small forward or a shooting guard with size that could play with Mitchell would make sense because there could be a learning curve as the prospect becomes comfortable on the NBA level. Cody Martin and Daquan Jeffries would fit the roster well and immediately provide defense and perimeter scoring, while Brian Bowen is an interesting option with his experience in Australia. Deividas Sirvydis will be in consideration if he is still available, although the team would potentially have to not only be patient with his development but there is also the case that he might not immediately come to the America. Eric Paschall would bring a skill set at power forward that allows him to play both inside and on the perimeter stretching the floor. Jontay Porter brings many of the same skills to the table, but any team drafting the Missouri center will be taking a significant chance on his health status. If we were drafting for the Jazz we would take a scoring minded wing that could play alongside Mitchell and Conley, or a versatile power forward that could stretch the floor next to Gobert. 

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