Posted by: Mike W on June 16th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
An earlier post with Brandon Knight’s interview (in which he said he’d like to come to Utah for “a couple of years” of his career) got me thinking – is there a #3 pick that will stay in Utah?
#3 picks are usually the athletically gifted kids, the ones who have long been appreciated. They feel pretty good about themselves. They play their rookie contract, perform up to expectations and look to become a franchise player. Their rookie team can offer them the biggest contract so they take it, 3 years with a player option. So 7 years in, when the 19 year old rookie becomes 26, he leaves for a big market while hitting his prime.
That’s the math I’m seeing – if they’re a superstar, as a 3rd pick should be, they want to be in a big market or at least go to a team they’re most likely to win with (usually a big market team). How do we beat that rap?
Maybe we’re better off trading down, picking up some kids trying to fight and prove something, and be glad to have someone who’s glad to have us. You guys who know Jazz history better than I do, have the Jazz ever drafted a top 5 player who stayed with Utah for the duration? Or a similar small market team? Do you think Stockton and Malone would have stayed if the Jazz were losing? What kind of loyalty do these players have to a team? We all scoffed at Lebron, but did he just do what everyone else would do? To Utah?
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