Utah Jazz notebook: Team happy with draft results after sleeping on it

Published: Friday, June 24 2011 9:56 p.m. MDT

David Murillo,left, Andres Calderon, center and Francesco Martinelli celebrate the Jazz picks.

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SALT LAKE CITY — The day following the 2011 NBA Draft, Utah Jazz head coach Ty Corbin and team general manager Kevin O'Connor were in near-lockstep agreement about the two guys they got Thursday night.

Utah selected 6-foot-11 center Enes (pronounced Inn-us) Kanter with the No. 3 selection, then took 6-6 shooting guard Alec Burks, who played collegiately at the University of Colorado, with the No. 12 pick. Kanter will wear jersey No. 0, while Burks selected No. 10.

At Friday's formal press conference introducing the two newest Jazzmen, Corbin and O'Connor certainly seemed to like what they see in this pair of promising 19-year-old kids with plenty of upside.

"I thought we did really, really well for where we were," said Corbin, who — barring a looming labor lockout — will be begining his first full season as the Jazz head coach. "For the guys who were in the draft, I thought we got two great guys that's gonna help us immediately, that have a chance to help us right now and then be players and assets for us for a number of years to come.

"I think it's a great marriage. We're all coming into this thing new together. But the expectations are high, and like I told them, I hold them highly accountable and I have to be held highly accountable also. We've gotta be ready to go. We're got to be prepared. ... They have to come in in great shape first of all, with a great attitude, ready to compete and get better."

Earlier in the week, O'Connor admitted that, quite often on draft night after the selection process is over, he has a tough time sleeping, worrying and wondering whether the team made the right picks.

This year, though, not so much.

"I slept pretty good last night, I did," he said. "Maybe I was too tired. We had two picks in the first round instead of one.

"I think we're all pretty comfortable with who we got. ... I think we hit our mark. I think we were pretty comfortable with the guys that were on the board. There were a couple of guys on the board that we really liked and we turned down some opportunities to move the pick because we liked the guys that were on the board.

"You've got wish-lists and this was a good wish-list for us. We are satisfied with our wish list," O'Connor said.

PLAYING TIME: When Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan was running the show from the Jazz sidelines, rookies seldom got much chance to see the court.

Things might be somewhat different now that there's a new sheriff in town in Corbin.

"They will have an opportunity to play," he said. "These guys are extremely talented. They need to understand they're fighting for minutes on the floor. ... We expect everybody to come into camp in good shape and ready to compete for time on the floor.

"We understand we're probably gonna be younger than most teams in a lot of areas, but we're going to be prepared, we're gonna be in shape and we're gonna be ready to go with whoever we have ready to go that night. The approach is, the best guys will play. And if you compete and lay it all out every night and every minute you're on the floor, you have a chance to play and we have a chance to win."

TURKEY TIMES TWO: Since Kanter and veteran Utah center Mehmet Okur both call Turkey their home, the comparisons are inevitable.

And though they're both 6-11 and both weight around 260 pounds, Corbin cited some differences in their games.

"Kanter is not as deep a perimeter shooter as Memo," the Jazz coach said. "He can step out at 15-17 feet and shoot it.

"But he's a big big-man. He plays inside; he's a physical guy that demands you to stop him inside close. And he's gonna run the floor hard and try to get a good low-post position. He's going to try and make contact with you every time you get close to him in the lane.

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