Utah Jazz still uncertain who will be available at No. 47 of the draft
DAVID SMITH, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SALT LAKE CITY — In the NBA mock-draft world, The "Unibrow" is a consensus pick to be selected No. 1 by the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday night.
What will happen after David Stern does his grip-and-grin pose with Anthony Davis, however, remains up for debate.
Some believe Charlotte will take Thomas Robinson. Others think Bradley Beal is the young man for the Bobcats.
And the draft crystal ball only gets cloudier after that.
Walt Perrin, the Utah Jazz's vice president of player personnel, recently shared his best guess at what will take place in the 2012 NBA Draft.
"There's 60 guys that are going to be drafted — just like every other year," Perrin said, smiling.
Considering the amount of hype for this particular class — some believe it's the best in a decade — the Jazz must be kicking themselves that they're not in the first round where all the best action will go on, right?
"It's all in the eyes of the beholder," Perrin said. "People talked about (how) it's going to be a great draft going into (the NCAA season) last year. I don't know if the players played as well as everybody thought they were going to play this year, so there are question marks."
Speaking of question marks, just who are the Jazz going to nab with their only pick — No. 47 overall in the second round?
"Tell me who's in the 47 range. We don't know," Perrin responded at a recent pre-draft workout with potential Jazz draftees. "It's still too early to say. We're still trying to do our due diligence."
Some of that included inviting enough players to fill three tryout sessions — far fewer than usual when Utah has a first-round pick or two. The Jazz staff has also been busy doing the usual scouting, video watching, interviewing, analyzing, bantering, visiting camps and combines and evaluating players from New Jersey, to Minnesota and Europe.
Not surprisingly, Perrin's comments on a possible trade were generic. He referred reporters to general manager Kevin O'Connor, then added:
"If he finds something that will make the franchise better, he will do it."
Whether that happens, of course, is a mystery.
Some NBA prognosticators have tried to fit the puzzle together leading up to the draft.
Interestingly, two names — Purdue small forward Robbie Hummel and West Virginia power forward Kevin Jones — came up multiple times for the Jazz's second-round selection in a half-dozen experts' mock drafts. (Not all NBA writers' mock drafts included the second round, and the Jazz's first-round pick — No. 18 — is going to Minnesota because of the Al Jefferson trade.)
Mock drafts in NBADraft.net, SheridanHoops.com and DraftExpress.com each have the Jazz picking up Jones, even though the 6-7 forward's agent told SNY.tv that his client has a first-round promise from one team. That might explain why Jones didn't attend one of Utah's pre-draft workouts.
Writer Joe Kotoch of SheridanHoops.com called Jones "a sweet-shooting (power forward) that will give the Jazz a dimension they lack. Very productive and efficient."
NBADraft.net's analysis on the 251-pound Jones: "He's shown confidence, comfort and rhythm as a shooter, which will be crucial in terms of maximizing his potential services as an NBA power forward."
ESPN's Chad Ford and CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman both have Purdue's versatile big man, Hummel, headed to Utah. He attended the Jazz's first workout and received high praise from fellow camper Noah Hartsock of BYU.
Ford described Hummel as being "a Jazz player all the way." The ESPN NBA analyst continued about the 6-8 forward: "He is tough, has a terrific basketball IQ and can really shoot the basketball. The Jazz could use some help at the 3, and Hummel should be able to provide some immediate relief."
Goodman on Hummel: "The perfect guy off the bench, Hummel can make shots and also fill a role."
Missouri's Kim English is another player associated with the Jazz in a mock draft. HoopsWorld.com has English pegged for Utah after the 6-6 shooting guard attended a Utah workout.
"English may lack elite athleticism," according to the basketball website, "but he plays intense defense, makes the extra pass, and seems well-equipped to fill a Daequan Cook type role in the right situation given his prolific jump shooting."
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