Posted by: Patrick on February 11th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Many will say its too soon to be watching the 2013 draft, but until the trade deadline is over with, you need to look at whats out there. For us, there are very few deals that make much sense. There are not a lot of solid or top tier PG’s on the market, our biggest need. We all know that we cannot retain both Al and Paul, and we could end up losing them both. A trade for one of them means making a smart move, one of which could involve a draft pick. You know a top 4 would be out of the question, but there are some interesting prospects beyond that who could be helpful.
Projected first round prospects to look at;
Otto Porter SF http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/56909/otto-porter
Alex Len C http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/57379/alex-len
Isaiah Austin C http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/61568/isaiah-austin
Trey Burke PG http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/56670/trey-burke
Jeff Withey C http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/40989/jeff-withey
You may wonder why I am looking at Centers, we will need a back up big once we lose one either at trade dead line or at the end of the season. The other two are explainable.
Projected second rounds worth watching
Nate Wolters PG http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/46740/nate-wolters
Robert Covington SF http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/47005/robert-covington
Ray McCallum PG http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/52079/ray-mccallum
Solomon Hill SF http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/45855/solomon-hill
Of course there are many other prospects, and we wont be able to land them all and why would we want to, but there are some pieces here that makes sense for our team. If you asked me who I would target I would tell you Otto Porter SF, Trey Burke, and then any of the bigs and or Nate Wolters. With two Aging PG’s and the need for a starter it could be smart to look at a couple PG’s in the draft. We all know that it wouldnt take much to top our backup PGs.
Now if given the opportunity to nab a good young guy, or even a solid back up guy for an expiring contract, its a win for us. We dont want to watch a player walk away for nothing if we can help it. We have many assets, I cant see watching one walk away when you can possibly land some cheap young backup tallent from the upcoming draft.
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