Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — And with the 14th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz select
With so many variables, your guess is probably as good as the prognostications made by members of the NBA writing community who get paid to postulate about things like this.
And if your guess is the same as theirs, NBA Commissioner David Stern — in his final draft, by the way — will finish that sentence by pronouncing a German name.
Pronounced, well, ask a returned LDS missionary in your neighborhood.
We'll have to wait until Thursday night to find out who's right — if anybody — but the majority of mock drafters believe the lanky and athletic 19-year-old point guard will call Utah "home, sweet home."
Or — pardon the accent — "Trautes Heim, Glück allein!"
Of the well-known publications and websites to put out mock drafts — emphasis on the mock part — the majority of writers are singing the same German tune. NBA.com, Sports Illustrated, Sheridan Hoops, Hoopsworld.com (times four writers) and SBNation.com all have Schroeder typed in as the Jazz's first first-round pick.
"Schroeder is the explosive playmaker the Jazz have been lacking since Deron Williams left," Sheridan Hoops' Joe Kotoch wrote.
"Rumors around the league persist that Schroeder has an early first-round promise," SI.com's Chris Mannix added, "and the Jazz make as much sense as any."
ESPN.com basketball wiz Chad Ford also has Schroeder heading to Utah, but with the Jazz's No. 21 selection. A couple of other mocks see that scenario playing out as well.
Sorry, Dirk Nowitzki.
Ford wrote that from what he can gather, Utah "isn't in love with any of the point guards who would be left on the board" by the time the final lottery pick comes around at No. 14.
That's why he has the Jazz nabbing 7-footer Lucas Nogueira with their lottery selection.
"The Jazz have been high on Nogueira for a while," Ford wrote, "but his performance at the Eurocamp might have sealed the deal for this lithe, long, athletic shot-blocker."
But these mock drafts are all over the board this year.
And, it turns out, Schroeder isn't the only popular pick for Utah.
CBSSports.com's writers, Yahoo.com, Rotoworld.com, TheHoopsReport.com and BleacherReport.com think Miami point guard Shane Larkin will take his talents from South Beach to Salt Lake City. Perhaps his father, Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin, can get a part-time gig with the Bees if that happens.
"There's no reason Larkin can't become the floor leader, long-term solution the Jazz need at that position," CBSSports.com NBA writer Matt Moore wrote.
USA Today has the Jazz picking point guard C.J. McCollum — from Lehigh, not Nephigh — in their late lottery spot.
The Sporting News sees Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams landing in Utah, even calling it a "dream scenario" for the Jazz.
NBADraft.net and NBADraftInsider.com like UCLA small forward Shabazz Muhammad's chances of ending up in Utah, and presumably not just because his first name seems like a match-made-in-heaven for the Jazz.
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