"It's been a tough season, ups and downs," Elson said the day after Utah's season ended last month. "In the beginning, I think I played very aggressively, and then it dwindled down to little nagging injuries."
Prognosis: Elson's efforts were invaluable to begin the year, but he wore down as the season did. He returned to the Netherlands — where he'll play for his national team this summer — but he might be a long shot to return to Utah.
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2011 NBA DRAFT PROJECTIONS
Top 15 players
(NOTE: Players placed in combined projected order from three popular NBA draft websites: ESPN.com, NBADraft.net and DraftExpress.com)
Player . . . School . . . Position . . . Ht./Wt
1. Kyrie Irving, Duke, PG, 6-2/180
2. Derrick Williams, Arizona, SF, 6-8/241
3. Enes Kanter, Turkey, C, 6-10/255
4. Brandon Knight, Kentucky, PG, 6-3/185
5. Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania, PF, 6-10/230
*6. Jan Vesely, Czech Republic, PF, 6-11/240
7. Kemba Walker, Connecticut, PG, 6-1/172
8. Donatas Motiejunas, Lithuania, PF, 7-0/220
9. Alec Burks, Colorado, SG, 6-6/195
10. Terrence Jones, Kentucky, SF, 6-8/244
11. Marcus Morris, Kansas, PF, 6-9/235
*12. Tristan Thompson, Texas, PF, 6-8/225
13. Bismack Biyombo, Spain, PF, 6-9/243
14. Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State, SF, 6-7/225
15. Jimmer Fredette, BYU, PG, 6-2/195
(The Utah Jazz are currently slotted in the Nos. 6 and 12 positions for the June 23 draft, although that could change depending on the results of the lottery on May 17.)
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