Posted by: Lee on August 17th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
What if C.J. Miles had gone to college instead of putting his name into the draft?
An interesting fact that I picked up was that C.J. had committed to the University of Texas. He stated that if he saw(in mock drafts) that he wasn’t going to be drafted in the 1st round, he would have withdrawn his name and gone to play for the Longhorns instead.
But as most of us know, he was drafted 34th overall meaning he got picked in the 2nd round by the Utah Jazz. He was signed to a two year guaranteed contract.
During his first two years with the Jazz, he got very little minutes playing in the NBA. In his first season, he only played 23 games(8.8 mpg) while during the rest of the season, he played down in the D’League with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. In his 2nd season, he played 37 games(10.1 mpg) in the NBA and then the rest down with the Idaho Stampede. And then even though he played 60 games in his 3rd season, he only played 11.5 minutes a game.
I think if he had played with the Longhorns instead, he would have gotten more experienced than playing in the D’League. He would be even more talented, bigger from lifting weights, and have a higher basketball I.Q.
He would have been drafted 1st round(maybe even a lottery pick), but sucks that it most likely wouldn’t be the Jazz that pick him up. He would be a definite starter unlike today where people ask, “CJ or AK?”, and also the #2 option on any team. He would be a high-flying, lights out three point shooter.
In my opinion, he could be as talented as players like; Andre Igoudala, Jason Richardson, Vince Carter, Rudy Gay, Trevor Ariza, Kevin Martin. And stretching it; Gerald Wallace, Paul Pierce, Kevin Durant, and Carmelo Anthony.
I am very curious what you guys think. Would he be dramatically better, or the same? Could he be All-Star material?
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