Posted by: Jazzaholic on April 5th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
It has been an up and down season, which is probably better than most expected. SI and ESPN predicted a last place finish. So, “up and down” or about .500 basketball is what the Jazz have produced so far. The games have been meaningful. The playoffs have been within grasp. The kids have gotten some good experience, perhaps not enough, but they are developing nicely.
In the West .500 ball probably won’t get you into the playoffs.
I asked Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld, who is one of the best analysts around.
Which would be better for the Jazz in the long run?
1. Miss the playoffs keep their lottery pick.
2. Make the playoffs, lose their pick, and gain playoff experience.
“Get the pick.
Damian Lillard could be there for them and he’s the missing piece.”
If the Jazz miss the playoffs, which looks more likely than making them at this point, they probably end up around #12 in the draft.
Got any favorites?
Here’s a mock draft from NBADraft.net (this assumes the Jazz get GSW pick)
Updated: 4/5/12 7:49 am
|3||New Orleans||Michael Kidd-Gil…||Fr.|
|10||*New Orleans||Damian Lillard||Jr.|
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