Posted by: Patrick on March 17th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
With march madness around the corner, our season possibly coming to an early end, and knowing we only have half a team under contract next season, who are you watching. Lets take a quick look at possibilities for this coming playoff season, both in college and free agents in the NBA who we may want to look at. First lets take the college players, but Im going to make two lists. The first list will be guys who I really like all the way through the second round, and guys who need some work in the second list.
Guys I really like:
Otto Porter http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/56909/otto-porter Otto fills a need that the Jazz has, outside shooting some defense and a guy who can take over the game when its needed. He has a all around game that will strengthen in time.
Trey Burke http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/56670/trey-burke The big knock on Burke is his size. But if you look in the NBA, he still could be a solid to near elite PG who has a total game. I like him best out of the PGs this draft season.
Anthony Bennett http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/61902/anthony-bennett Could he be the next Millsap? Could be a nice Bench Sap for a 3 man rotation of the future, but I would prefer a PG or SF first.
Mason Plumlee http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/45913/mason-plumlee He seems to play well on both ends of the court and would make a great backup to Favors and Kanter in the future. I do feel that we need to grab a PG and SF first but if you want the big 3 of the future, he is worth a look.
Kelly Olynyk http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/46207/kelly-olynyk Look where his team is right now. He is not my favorite, but you cant but help look at him.
Myck Kabongo http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/57407/myck-kabongo This player will be available if he turns out for the draft. We would likely trade down to grab him, but I think he will make a solid all around PG in the NBA in time.
Nate Wolters http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/46740/nate-wolters He has ideal size and game for the nba. He may be the steal of the draft being placed where he is currently at. I guess we will see in a few years.
Mike Muscala http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/46309/mike-muscala I am not sure why he ranks so low, but the combine may be what shows some of his weakness. I like his all around game and he could be another steal if he stays in the second round.
Robert Covington http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/47005/robert-covington Plays both ends of the floor, so he is well worth looking at.
Guys I want to like but there is something missing:
CJ McCollum http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/46502/c.j.-mccollum Loving the scoring, but where are the assists?
Doug McDermott http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/51586/doug-mcdermott Shoots lights out, but where’s the defense?
Tony Mitchell http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/56567/tony-mitchell Percentages are heading the wrong way,
Erick Green http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/45918/erick-green Again, where are the assists?
Deshaun Thomas http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/51406/deshaun-thomas Where is the defense?
Isaiah Cannon http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/45836/isaiah-canaan Another where are the assists?
I guess we should look at some free agents next: Remember when we are looking here, we are going to need to pony up some money to get us to the minimum NBA Salary. I am looking a little more at team needs here, as you dont pick best available to target in free agency.
Chris Paul http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/2779/chris-paul I know you say there’s no chance, but if you dont try you’ve already lost.
Brandon Jennings http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/3997/brandon-jennings He is still young with much potential. He has much to learn, but for the right price you have to take him.
Jeff Teague http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/4015/jeff-teague another young PG you have to look at. Who else are you looking at if you dont talk to these 3, Watson?
DeMarre Carroll http://www.nba.com/playerfile/demarre_carroll/ There is not much available in this group. His stats wont impress you, but for a backup, you can count him nightly for all the little things..
Tobias Harris http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/6440/tobias-harris If you can get them to drop his team option and get him to sign with us. I told you to watch this kid when he was drafted. Give him another year and you will know what I meant. He snuck into the league and was sitting behind other talent. Look at his recent growth.
Paul Millsap http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/3015/paul-millsap An All Star no. A solid starter, I say yes. He gives it to you every night. He makes his team mates better. This is not a guy you build your team around, he is the guy who supports that guy.. With only 3 bigs on the roster, for the right price, there are enough minutes to go around to warrant keeping him.
JJ Hickson http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/3437/jj-hickson I doubt you can pull him away, but another solid 3rd big.
David West “Rental” http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/2177/david-west An aging veteran who could be happy coming off the bench, or at least limited minutes, and possibly teach our young bigs a few more tricks.
So, who are you watching? I picked my players to watch because of their all around games. Are their player who could have better upsides, of course, but thats why I listed them as guys I want to like instead of guys I liked. I didnt talk about a couple players just because I dont feel they fit the mold we need. I could be wrong, but thats why its open for you to put in your two cents below. Have fun, stay positive, and keep an open mind.
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