Posted by: Michael King on March 21st, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
With the first 2 rounds of March Madness over, we’re starting to see who the real stars for this years draft class are. I’m a huge BYU fan, and as such I love watching Jimmer Fredette pull off 30+ point nights every game. While I would enjoy seeing Jimmer in a Jazz uni, there are a number of players who could really help out our team, and give us the lift we so desperately need. I like Harris, and believe that in time, as did Big Al, will become that all-star he once was. Derrick Favors looks very promising, and for a change can actually play D. This is a solid team currently that just simply needs to learn how to work together. Personally, I think our most glaring weaknesses are 3-point shooting and the ability to play team defense. With the picks we have in the draft this year, we should be able to fill those voids. The only other thing I wouldn’t mind adding to the team is an extra PG with the ability to both score and pass. I just hope our GM and O’Connor make the correct picks this year.
Here’s a list of several players I think would fit well in our system, and would help fill in the voids:
Jordan Hamilton 6′7″ 215 lbs. Texas SF: Good defender, and excellent help-side D along with a great offensive skill set. Can beat the opponent off the dribble, post up, or hit the outside shot(38% from 3).
Harrison Barnes 6′8″ 210 lbs. UNC SF: May lack size for someone of his stature, but has the ability to bulk up without sacrificing anything. Solid defender, shooter, and can get to the line where he shoots 75%. Currently a project, but could have a great NBA career.
Jimmer Fredette 6′2″ 195 lbs. BYU PG: Has a big body for a PG, only 1″ shorter and 10 lbs lighter than Deron. No one can dispute the kids an excellent shooter, and would give the Jazz a much needed 3-point shooter. Very calm demeanor, humble, and has a great work ethic. With some coaching, can become a much better defender. Solid passer(7 assists vs. Wofford, 6 assists vs. Gonzaga, 4.3 assists for the season). Would be an excellent asset in tight games shooting near 90% from the line. Some dispute his ability to use the 15 ft curl shot much like Harpring or Bell, yet I’ve watched him hit curl shots from all over the floor all season long. He moves very well without the ball and has shown willingness to cut to the hoop for the easy layup. Regardless of what people say against him, I believe he’d flourish in Utah’s system.
Tyler Honeycutt 6′8″ 188 lbs. UCLA SF/PF: A big with a decent outside shot(36% from 3), and great defense. Over the course of the season, he averaved 1 steal and better than 2 blocks per game, while only committing 1.5 fouls. His ability to stay on the court and block shots is something few bigs have. Great basketball IQ, and a willing passer(nearly 3 assists per game). Great rebounder who fights for the boards on both ends of the floor.
Terrance Jones 6′8″ 244 lbs. Kentucky SF/PF: Great ball handling for a guy his size. Show the ability to break defenders down off the dribble. Good post up player, and finishes well around the rim. Good defender, with 1 steal and 2 blocks per game. His shot is very unorthodox, but he has a good touch to get his shots to fall. With some coaching from Jeff Hornaceck, he could develop into a good shooter.
There are a couple of international bigs that are in this years draft, though I don’t know much about them. Feel free to add to this list, or tell me why you wouldn’t take these guys on draft night.
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