Posted by: Kory Woodland on February 15th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
As of today, we are projected to get picks 18, 22 and 48.
Our biggest need is PG depth with someone who hopefully develops into a strong franchise piece. The top 4 PG’s are Marcus Smart (3), Michael Carter Williams (9), CJ McCollum (13) and Trey Burke (22). All 4 are talented in their own way. Burke is the smallest of the bunch but I personally believe he is the Damian Lillard of this draft which means his stock will likely rise and we would be fortunate to pick him if he is still on the board come time to select the 18th pick.
If the stars perfectly align for us and we are able to take him, I would then pick whoever is available between Alex Poythress (PF) 6′8″ / 240 from Kentucky (projected 18), Tony Mitchell (PF) 6′8″ / 235 from N Texas (projected 23) or Patric Young (PF) 6′8″ / 250 from Florida (projected 37). Any of these 3 guys would be a sweet option to backup Favors assuming Millsap is traded. Poythress attacks the rim and has a soft rainbow jumper (similar to Malone and Boozer), Mitchell averages 3 blks, is a good defender and rebounds on both ends of the court. He is also a good spot up shooter. (YouTube Tony Mitchell ball is life). He is a mix between Favors and Evans. Kinda like Paul George on steroids! Young is a beast around the rim who specializes in dunking, rebounding and blocking shots. I would then look to add more depth at PG by picking up Ray McCallum (projected 44). He has been compared to Mo Williams.
Ideally we draft Trey Burke (PG), Tony Mitchell (PF), and Ray McCallum (PG) to fill needed positions assuming we didn’t move up or down in the draft via trades.
Now to deal with our trade assets (Millsap, Jefferson etc)
3 way trade with Bobcats and Clippers
Utah gets Bledsoe, Diop and B Gordon (to make the money work)
Bobcats get Jefferson, C Butler, K Murphy
Clippers get Millsap, Bell
Utah’s new roster-
Mo Williams / Bledsoe / Burke / McCallum (D League)
Foye / Burks / B Gordon
Hayward / Marv Williams / Carroll
Favors / Mitchell / Evans
Kanter / Diop (until we can upgrade)
Utah sheds Watson, Tinsley, Bell and greatly improves PG depth while allowing Favors and Kanter to shine by trading away Millsap and Jefferson. Next step would be to move Diop for an upgrade and trade away either Foye or B Gordon. Most likely B Gordon because of his salary and Foye is a better fit. Maybe trade Diop and Gordon for picks and target the best backup C available?
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