SALT LAKE CITY — The Jazz came out of the NBA draft lottery in unremarkable fashion. Long predicted to be at the bottom of the lottery slate, Utah's outlook is now certain for the upcoming draft as the Jazz hold picks No. 14, 21 and 46.
With just days left before the draft, the Jazz have tried to fit in as many potential draftees for workouts as possible. With parity reigning among this year's available players, Mike Sorensen writes that the Jazz's approach comes from a far more deliberate approach than many outsiders might think.
With at least eight players from last year's roster hitting free agency, it's unlikely that the draft will solve all the issues the team wants to address. Some of the more pressing concerns (outside shooting, point guard), however, could be effectively resolved if the Jazz nail down the right prospects.
Here's a look at who the Jazz are working out in preparation of the 2013 NBA Draft.
At a glance: 7-0, 235 pounds, 23 years old
2012-13 stats: 13.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.9 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: As far as paint protectors went, there weren't many better than Withey last year. The San Diego product repeatedly hosted block parties while staying out of foul trouble (just 2.1 fouls per game in 2012-13).
Withey was also an efficient scorer when given the opportunity, hitting 58.2 percent of his attempts. He's also athletic for a big man, unafraid to take off for put-back jams or alley-oop passes.
He needs to hit the weight room, but Withey would provide a true big man's presence to the team that drafts him.
At a glance: 6-9, 240 pounds, 23 years old
2012-13 stats: 17.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Carmichael is about as old-school as it gets. He's strong and loves to throw that strength around, whether it's by setting jarring screens or bulling his way into the paint.
He also sports more than a healthy dose of athleticism, using all of his wingspan to extend to the rim or an available rebound.
His shooting range is limited, and his ability to guard face-up power forwards is a huge question mark.
At a glance: 6-9, 230 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Watford made the rare transition of star-to-role player at Indiana, making way for guys like Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo.
Watford's biggest asset is his 3-point shooting. He connected on 48.4 percent of his attempts last season, an impressive number given that he averaged more than three 3-point attempts per game.
Watford's height makes his shot nearly impossible to defend as a perimeter threat, but he throws in above-average rebounding in the process.
Watford won't wow anyone on defense, and he's disturbingly inaccurate when shooting inside the 3-point arc.
At a glance: 6-3, 190 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 18.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists
Why the Jazz are interested: McCallum's quickness made him a weapon on both sides of the floor. An aggressive driver on offense, he slashed his way to several high-scoring performances, including 29 points against eventual Final Four team Wichita State.
McCallum is a volume shooter, especially from deep, from where he hit just 32.3 percent of his 3.9 3-point attempts per game.
Despite heavy minutes, he only committed 2.1 turnovers per game and added enough rebounds and turnovers to prevent him from becoming a one-dimensional scorer.
At a glance: 6-4, 200 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 18.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists
Why the Jazz are interested: Paul isn't afraid to shoot it, though there have been times when a little fear might have been of benefit. On average, he shot a whopping 6.7 3-point attempts per game last season, connecting on 2.2 of them.
While he can shoot his team in (or out) of a game, Paul has proven adept as a wing rebounder as well as a pilferer on defense.
At a glance: 6-1, 190 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 18.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists
Why the Jazz are interested: A little-known product out of Western Washington, Allen brings solid scoring and decent playmaking to the table.
Allen was an above-average shooter in college, hitting 46.2 percent of his shot attempts last season while adding over a steal a game per contest.
Quick and decisive whether driving to the hole or rising up for a shot, Allen's lack of size and athleticism are the biggest concerns.
At a glance: 6-5, 184 pounds, 21 years old
2012-13 stats: 11.9 points, 7.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Carter-Williams is said to be the third best point guard in the 2013 NBA draft. He has a long and large body for a point guard, which makes him valuable on the defensive end of the court. He is a talented facilitator, however he also has a high amount of turnovers. Most of his cough-ups come during pick-and-roll settings, as he is a much more efficient passer in the open court.
Carter-Williams is largely expected to be drafted between the No. 8 and No. 14 picks, meaning it is possible the Jazz will end up with him. Following his workout in Utah, Jazz Vice President of Player Personnel Walt Perrin said he was impressed with the guard. However, he also said Carter-Williams will need to get in better shape and improve his shooting to be a strong point guard at the next level. The Jazz are interested because they need a talented point guard who is well-rounded and able to defend.
At a glance: 6-3, 190 pounds, 23 years old
2012-13 stats: 14.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Porter is a 2-guard with a mean 3-point shot. He converted on 36 percent of his 3-point attempts during his senior season at Azusa Pacific. The shooting guard matured over his last two college seasons. He transferred to Azusa Pacific after playing for Portland and Weber State.
Although it is unlikely Porter will be drafted, the Jazz could pick him up as a free agent. His 3-point shot would help Utah stretch the floor and open up more opportunities in the paint.
At a glance: 6-4, 198 pounds, 18 years old
2012-13 stats: 14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Goodwin is the youngest American prospect in the 2013 NBA draft. He has a raw talent about him and any team that drafts him will have a project ahead of it. The guard is explosive when driving to the basket, which puts a lot of pressure on the opposing defense. His strength lies in attacking the basket, and in order to be successful in the NBA he must improve his shooting.
Goodwin is hoping for a first round pick, however if he doesn't make the first round the Jazz will have an opportunity to draft him with the 46th overall pick. The Jazz would have to develop Goodwin, but with his raw athleticism he has a lot of NBA potential.
At a glance: 6-8, 210 pounds, 23 years old
2012-13 stats: 13.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Southerland is a pure shooter. He favors the jump shot, making 45 percent of his field goals including 39 percent from beyond the arc. Southerland is a good team defender, but did not prove himself in isolation situations at Syracuse.
He could be drafted late in the second round, and if the Jazz end up with Southerland he will impact their offense with his outside shooting ability.
At a glance: 6-4, 195 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 9.9 points, 4.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds
Why the Jazz are interested: Johnson relies heavily on his physical tools and ability to drive to the basket. His offensive production varies widely from game to game, as he is an inconsistent scorer. He does show flashes of brilliance in his playmaking ability, however. He can throw an accurate alley-oop pass and operate a half-court offense effectively.
Johnson is still developing as a player on both ends of the floor, but he has potential to become at least a backup NBA point guard.
At a glance: 6-7, 225 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 7.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Lockett played just 26.6 minutes per game for Marquette in 2013, and averaged 5.1 rebounds. His rebounding is by far his best attribute. He also mastered the balance of being able to defend guards while still hitting the glass hard.
Although Lockett is flying under the radar for this year's NBA draft, the Jazz would benefit from his defensive prowess.
At a glance: 6-5, 200 pounds, 23 years old
2012-13 stats: 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Ryan was a big time shooter and scorer for Evansville. He shot just under 40 percent from the 3-point line and improved his free throw shooting percentage from 82 to 89 percent throughout his four-year college career.
He is unlikely to be drafted in either round, however could be picked up as a free agent.
At a glance: 6-5, 203 pounds, 23 years old
2012-13 stats: 13.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Scott's biggest strength is the dribble-drive. He has a quick first-step and is a talented ball handler, which enables him to drive to the basket. He can breakdown the defense in several different situations, half-court to transition, and finish with either hand.
The Jazz would benefit from his ability to get to the hoop, which will in turn open up different positions on the court. If he is drafted, he will likely go in the middle of the second round.
At a glance: 6-6, 222 pounds, 20 years old
2012-13 stats: 17.9 points, 5.2 rebounds per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Muhammad is an offensive-minded, aggressive scorer. With a strong build and 6-11 wingspan, he could be a successful power forward in the NBA. The majority of the time he scores on transition baskets and moving well off the ball. He is also a good spot-up shooter and can create oppertunities for himself in the post.
The Jazz would likely benefit from acquiring a big man that likes to run and score in transistion, however his lack of halfcourt offense might not fit with the system in place.
At a glance: 7-0, 238 pounds, 23 years old
2012-13 stats: 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Plumlee is an athletic big man who moves well without the ball. This skill and increased court awareness will help him transition into the NBA. The center is also extremely effective in the post and off pick-and-rolls. He is quick, coordinated and a powerful finisher at the rim.
Defensively, Plumlee has potential to be an outstanding post defender, as he is strong and knows how to use his large frame to prevent a good shot. However, he will have to improve his speed while moving laterally in order to become an overall effective NBA defender. The Jazz would benefit from Plumlee's post play and ability to finish in the paint.
At a glance: 6-6, 205 pounds, 21 years old
2012-13 stats: 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: During his college career at Michigan, Hardaway developed his 3-point shot. Last season he shot 37 percent from beyond the arc. He is a talented spot up shooter, but lacks overall consistency. His percentage from 2-point range dropped each season. His confidence in the 3-ball will help him make strides in the NBA.
Hardaway is a classic shooting guard and has the right build to continue on as an NBA 2-guard. He will likely make a good backup, with the potential to develop into a starter within a few years.
At a glance: 6-11, 239 pounds, 23 years old
2012-13 stats: 6.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.1 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Dedmon has all the tools to become an effective NBA center, but he needs to tighten the bolts in his game first. He is an inconsistent scorer and often finds himself without a go-to move in the post. He excels, as many big men do, at finishing around the rim.
Dedmon rebounds well and creates a significant presence in the paint for opposing teams. His defense will need some work if he is NBA bound, but with his athletic body he has an unlimited amount of potential. The Jazz could benefit from his inside presence in the paint and shot-blocking ability.
At a glance: 5-11, 177 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 11.9 points, 7.1 assists, 3.3 rebounds per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Before last season, Pressey was named SEC preseason player of the year and had a lot of expectations on his shoulders. He became more of a facilitator and upped his assists per game. Pressey is fast and that is one of his major advantages heading into the 2013 NBA draft. His quickness and first step allow him to get to the basket easily and often. He is also creative off the pick-and-roll, which will translate over to the NBA nicely.
The Jazz are looking for a true point guard and would benefit from Pressey's quickness and basketball IQ.
At a glance: 6-11, 242 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 11.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Smith has the right build and size to be a center in the NBA. He is a great finisher at the rim, and is equally skilled with either hand. That ability is rare to find in a center entering the draft out of college. However, he has limited mobility and his shot-blocking is nearly non-existent. He will have to improve his presence in the paint to be a successful NBA center.
At a glance: 6-3, 177 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 7.8 points, 4.2 assists, 2.4 rebounds per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Last season, playing for the Tar Heels, Strickland had some major competition to for playing time. This inhibited his overall improvement, however he is still considered likely to be drafted. His major advantage heading into the draft is speed and his first-step.
The Jazz are looking for a true point guard, and Strickland does not necessarily fit that description. He doesn't always make the best decisions with the ball and cannot score efficiently. He would have to improve as a facilitator to play at the point for the Jazz.
At a glance: 6-4, 170 pounds, 23 years old
2012-13 stats: 18.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Brown is a versatile player who can succeed at either guard position. He has good size and his playmaking ability comes from his natural court vision. Since he shoots and distributes the ball well, he will be a talented guard in the NBA. He lacks skill and consistency in shooting midrange, but his scoring ability off the dribble is outstanding.
He would make a good point guard for the Jazz who would mostly benefit from his ability to facilitate as well as score.
At a glance: 6-7, 230 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 16.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Hummer is an efficient scorer in the paint and because of this, he draws many fouls. He is not the best free throw shooter, but did raise his percentage from 59 to 71 percent over his four years at Princeton. He is a decent rebounder and shot-blocker, but he excels mostly in scoring and assists.
Hummer has a solid skill set, however in order to succeed at the next level he will need to improve his outside shooting. This will open up the court and make it easier to drive to the hoop.
At a glance: 6-2, 187 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 8.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Udofia recently transitioned into Georgia Tech's point guard, and has grown in the position. He is too small to be a true NBA shooting guard, so he will have to continue to develop at the point. He is not predicted to be taken in either the first or second round.
Udofia and Derrick Favors, one of the Jazz' core four players returning this season, played together at Georgia Tech. If the Jazz sign Udofia, the familiarity between the two could be an advantage.
At a glance: 6-9, 204 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 17 points, 8 rebounds, 2.2 steals, 1.7 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Coming off of a torn meniscus, it remains to be seen what lingering effects, if any, Covington will have from his knee injury. His jump shot is well developed and his long frame helps his ability to create turnovers and block shots on defense.
He is not paricularly skilled at scoring in the paint and despite playing power forward in college, he is slightly undersized for that position in the NBA. While more suited for the small forward position, he still needs to develop more skills to be effective at that position at a NBA level.
At a glance: 6-7, 240 pounds, 20 years old
2012-13 stats: 11.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.7 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: A physical specimen, Thomas' seven foot wingspan and 6-7 frame are an ideal fit for an NBA small forward.
Skills wise, Thomas has had a couple of dissapointing seasons at Memphis, showing flashes of brilliance at times, but overall not progressing ver far. This could be a product of the system he was in in college, and his skill set is still very raw. With proper development however, he could end up being a contributor on an NBA roster.
At a glance: 6-4, 205 pounds, 21 years old
2012-13 stats: 15.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: McGruder has shwon his ability to score in a variety of ways while with the Wildcats, though nearly 40 percent of his shots were in catch and shoot situations.
Defensively, McGruder is very aggressive. He makes up for his lack of size and length by closing out shooters, but his aggressive style can sometimes lead to mistakes.
At a glance: 6-4, 200 pounds, 21 years old
2012-13 stats: 12.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: VCU's head coach has said that Daniels is the best shooter he has ever coached. He has certainly shown he is capable of shooting the ball very well, especially from beyond the arc.
He finished the 2012 season with a school record 94 three-pointers, shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc. The Jazz are in need of depth at the point guard position, and although Daniels is more of a combo guard, his hooting ability could be an asset to the Jazz.
At a glance: 6-7, 210 pounds, 23 years old
2012-13 stats: 14.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: A possible second round pick, the former Ute's seven foot wingspan helps make up for his slender physique. Although more of scorer, he has shown the ability to put up big rebounding numbers.
He compares his game to that of Gordon Hayward, but his constant moving between schools has made it difficult to get a clear snap shot of his style of play.
At a glance: 6-6, 215 pounds, 23 years old
2012-13 stats: 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: The brother of Detroit Pistons player Kyle, Singler started 95 of 105 games including a 79 game streak at Oregon. He is the Pac-12 Conference’s active career leader in points (1,114), and ranks third in both rebounds (546) and 3-pointers made (131).
Singler has shown himself to be a very versatlie player capable of not only going inside to score or grab a rebound, but to shot well from long range. He holds the best free throw percentage in Oregon history, a key component to his game at small forward.
At a glance: 7-0, 238 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 17.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.1 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Utah is likely familiar with Olynyk's game after West Coast Conference clashes between Gonzaga and nearby BYU. He torched the Cougars in their two meetings last season, hitting a combined 16 shots of 18 shot attempts.
Such efficiency was no fluke for Olynyk, who shot a ridiculous 62.9 percent from the field in 2012-13. The lanky forward has a knack for contorting his body around the rim in traffic, as well as a feel as the big man in pick-and-roll sets.
Unlike many college big man, Olynyk had few issues in the foul trouble department, yet another aspect of his game that makes him a safe, if unspectacular prospect in the draft.
At a glance: 6-9, 235 pounds, 21 years old
2012-13 stats: 17.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Davies is a second-round prospect that brings a much more polished low post game than most big man prospects. He spent countless hours in college honing post moves, counter moves and a reliable hook shot to his repertoire.
That being said, Davies still struggled at times when hit with double-teams, though it's doubtful he would get such defensive attention at the pro level. He also plays taller than he is, extending his 7-foot-1 wingspan as much as he can on when scoring or rebounding the ball.
While selecting Davies would certainly be a hit with many of the locals, the Jazz proved they're not desperate to pull a publicity stunt two summers ago by not pawning off assets for another BYU star, Jimmer Fredette.
At a glance: 7-2, 238 pounds, 21 years old
2012-13 stats: 8.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: You can't teach height, and Gobert comes loaded with it. That, plus a monstrous 7-foot-9 wingspan, leave team scouting crews a big impression, to say the least.
It's hard to ignore his pedestrian French league stats, though it's worth noting that Ricky Rubio, among other European league prospects, also failed to impress stats-wise in his days across the pond. More than anything, Euro/other league stats are less impressive due to the style of play, which is far more dependent on team offense and under-emphasizes star power.
Gobert is clearly a project, but one that's so intriguing he's skyrocketed all the way to potential lottery pick status.
At a glance: 6-11, 245 pounds, 23 years old
2012-13 stats: 9.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.5 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Most teams feel enforcers are an area you can't build up enough, and Dieng is one of the better ones in this year's draft. The Big East Defensive Player of the Year, Dieng pounded the glass and opponents' shot attempts with equal ferocity for the eventual national champs.
Dieng is likely to be selected right around the Jazz's first pick, No. 14. Should Utah select him, Dieng would provide quality frontcourt insurance should both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap take off via free agency.
At a glance: 6-1, 195 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 21.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Canaan is a scorer, if not necessarily a pure shooter (43.1 percent from the field in 2012-13). That's not necessary a bad thing, especially for a Jazz team lacking a perimeter player with a full-blown scorer's mentality.
Canaan isn't all points, either, providing his share of dimes, boards and steals (1.5 spg) while playing a whopping 36.5 minutes per game last season. A borderline first-round prospect, he could be a value pick depending on how far he drops.
San Diego State
At a glance: 6-5, 205 pounds, 21 years old
2012-13 stats: 17 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Another late first-round possibility, Franklin offers the classic guard-that-played-like-a-big-man-in-college conundrum. He crashed the boards like few others, but the last guy to do so with equal success in the pros was a dude by the name of Charles Barkley.
Still, Franklin added far more than rebounds, getting to the rack for points, dishing the rock and getting his share of steals and blocks in the process. If Utah wants a wake-up call in the effort department, they could do a lot worse than Franklin.
At a glance: 6-7, 200 pounds, 21 years old
2012-13 stats: 12.5 points, 2.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds per game
Why the Jazz are interested: If there's a team with an "Outside Shooting: Wanted" sign, chances are Snell can fill it with the same ease he fills the bucket from deep. A catch-and-shoot guy with a stroke that leaves purists crying tears of joy, Snell could thrive as a weak-side role player in a movement-based offense.
A potential late first-round pick, Snell will need to prove he's got more fire than he showed in college, where passiveness appeared as often as his talent. Should he do that, he could be a steal for the team that snags him.
At a glance: 6-10, 232 pounds, 19 years old
2012-13 stats: 5.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.0 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Jerrett's value comes more from potential than his game (for right now). A reserve big man for the Wildcats, he showed a knack on the boards and the defensive end in just over 17 minutes of action per game.
Jerrett also brings an outside shooting stroke that belies his big man frame, making him a stretch-the-floor threat from either post position.
His age could tempt a team into using a late second-round pick on him in hopes of ending up with an eventually successful project...about the best teams can reasonably hope for at this point.
At a glance: 6-3, 180 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 25.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: A shooting guard trapped in a point guard's body, Green provides scoring and then some. It doesn't hurt that he does so efficiently. He connected on an impressive 47.5 percent of his shots last season, including 38.9 percent from deep.
Green isn't one-dimensional on offense, either, offering up a variety of drives, pull-ups and deep shots in his arsenal. A late first-round possibility, Utah may want to snap him up if they haven't addressed their perimeter scoring needs by then.
Cal State Fullerton
At a glance: 6-3, 190 pounds, 23 years old
2012-13 stats: 18.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists
Why the Jazz are interested: Vaughn may or may not get drafted, but shouldn't have trouble latching onto a summer league team, either way. He's an above-average shooter from deep (37.3 percent from 3-point range) and didn't shy from contact, averaging nearly seven free throws per game last season.
If the Jazz don't take a second-round flyer on him, it doesn't mean they won't snap him up at some point on a tryout basis.
At a glance: 6-4, 205 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 15.8 points, 6.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Another player made familiar via clashes with BYU, Dellavedova brings leadership, confidence and an all-around game to the table for likely price of a second-round pick.
While local fans are likely to cringe at their freshest memory of him, Dellavedova's impression on scouts will no doubt be his exceptional passing and creating ability on the offensive end. Add to that his international experience on the Australian national team, and he could be the safe, dependable kind of late-draft pick that make GMs look smart.
At a glance: 6-7, 228 pounds, 23 years old
2012-13 stats: 9.4 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Kazemi's got a small forward's height but a big forward's wingspan (seven feet), which enabled him to be a beast on the boards and in passing lanes in college.
A second-round prospect, Kazemi won't wow anyone with his offensive skill set. Already 23 years old, that's somewhat of a concern, but if Paul Millsap proved anything, it's that hard working guys can make up for — and even address — a lot of shortcomings.
At a glance: 6-2, 190 pounds, 23 years old*
2012-13 stats: 14 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Scott Bamforth's clear advantage is the three-pointer. During his final season at Weber State, Bamforth became Weber State's all-time 3-point scoring leader in 2013 when he surpassed the record previously set by Damian Lillard, the current NBA Rookie of the Year.
Bamforth is also listed in WSU all-time record books as second in free throw percentage and 11th in scoring.
Leadership tops off Bamforth's list of strengths. As the 2012-13 season began, the Wildcats needed to fill a leadership void that Lillard filled the previous seasons. In his senior season at Weber State, Bamforth stepped up. He made clutch game winning shots, pulled the team together for pep talks and spurred runs that shifted the momentum in favor of the Wildcats. The Jazz could use a player with leadership qualities that could easily work himself into their system.
At a glance: 6-3, 197 pounds, 21 years old
2012-13 stats: 23.9 points, 5 rebounds, 2.9 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: C.J. McCollum is widely known for his ability to create offense through one-on-one play and using screens. The offensive-minded player has a deadly jump shot, and his ability to effectively score from anywhere on the court makes him an offensive threat. He is ranked as the most effecient point guard in this years NBA draft by Draft Express.
He is not known as a natural facilitator, however with his skilled ball handling and knowledgable understanding of basketball, he certainly has potential to boost his assists per game.
The Jazz are searching for a true point guard and they might be able to mold McCollum into the leader they need at the position. Regardless, even if he became a shooting guard for Utah, his range would spread the floor and open up numerous opportunities for the team.
At a glance: 7-0, 244 pounds, 23 years old
2012-13 stats: 12 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: The Jazz, ever in search of big man talent, didn't have to look very far to find Washburn. Though he is not considered one of the elite big men prospects coming out of college, Washburn does provide physicality, intensity and a knack for rebounding the ball. He also was a leader on the court for the Utes.
Washburn was instrumental in Utah's post-season run in the Pac-12 tournament.
"I don’t think there’s a soul alive who thought we would make it to the semifinals of the conference tournament, or that we would even finish 10th," Washburn said.
Washburn owes a lot of his professional prospects to his senior season. Of Washburn, Arizona head coach Sean Miller said, "I would be really surprised if he doesn't play in the NBA."
Washburn will almost certainly be available in the middle of the second round, and if the Jazz see potential that gels well with their schemes, might want to use him to shore up their front court. More likely is that Washburn finds his way into the NBA via a free agent contract or through the D-League, as he is absent from virtually every mock draft board available.
At a glance: 7-0, 255 pounds, 19 years old
2012-13 stats: 7.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: This New Zealander has nabbed the "potential" tag from most NBA scouting services. His free throw shooting is bad (44.3 percent), and he has a very weak jumpshot. His combination of size and athleticism are what is appealing to professional teams. He is great with his back to the basket as well as in transition, and certainly was no defensive liability down low.
Most of the draft boards available have Adams going in the 5-12 range, so it's not likely he will be available at 14. If he is, however, it's more likely the only way the Jazz pass on him is if they are looking specifically for a point guard with their first pick.
North Carolina State
At a glance: 6-8, 257 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 12.7 points, 10.9 rebounds per game, shot 57 percent from the floor
Why the Jazz are interested: Another big man, Howell had among the best field goal shooting percentages in the NCAA his senior season. A fierce rebounder and extremely hard worker, Howell was never afraid to take the ball to the hole. His ferocity and tenacity are both attributes the Jazz value.
What Howell doesn't have, however, is NBA size for the position he played in college. If he intends to be successful at the next level, he will need to develop some sort of outside game, which he currently does not appear to have.
That lack of size and an outside game appears to have negatively affected his draft stock. No mock drafts available have him as a selection as of now, but most mock drafts don't go beyond the first round. Howell will definitely be available at 46 if the Jazz want him.
At a glance: 6-1, 156 pounds, 19 years old
2012-13 stats: 11.6 points, 3.1 assists per game, 40 percent 3-point shooting percentage
Why the Jazz are interested: Schroeder is considered one of the top prospects at guard this year. His catch-and-shoot percentage is terrific — some reports have it as high as 57 percent — and he impressed in earlier workouts with Portland. The Celtics are also highly interested in him and reportedly promised that they'd draft him at No. 16 if he's available, though he later disputed those reports.
Schroeder is an excellent ball-handler and passer. He is also particularly adept at blowing by defenders. He has a tremendous wingspan (6' 7 1/4"). Though young and very raw, Schroeder appears to have all the talent the Jazz could want in a point guard if they're willing to invest a few years to develop it.
If Schroeder, Miami's Shane Larkin, Louisville's Peyton Siva and NC State's Lorenzo Brown are all available at 14, the Jazz will have an interesting decision to make if they intend to pick a point guard. Most mock drafts have Schroeder available at that point in the draft, and some boards have him dropping into the 20's.
The general consensus is that if the Jazz don't draft Larkin, Utah will pick Schroeder.
University of Miami
At a glance: 6-10, 242 pounds, 23 years old
2012-13 stats: 12.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.3 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Another candidate for backup big man in Utah, this big man from the African nation of Cameroon is most well-known for his offense. This is a big man who can shoot the lights out, a luxury the Jazz haven't had since Mehmet Okur thrashed in Achilles tendon against the Nuggets in the 2010 playoffs.
Kadji is not a power player. He is definitely a finesse big man. He has a tough hook shot, is great at spacing the floor with his shooting, has a soft touch and a high release point, which makes him difficult to guard.
Defensively, Kadji is something of a liability, particularly on the perimeter. His size slows him down, and he doesn't necessarily possess great jumping ability. He is decent in back-to-the-basket situations, however.
Kadji isn't a first-round draft pick prospect and has been left off most draft boards available. He is likely to be available at 46 and is a player the Jazz could pick up in the second round.
At a glance: 6-1, 181 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 10 points, 5.7 assists, 2.3 steals per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Another intriguing prospect at point guard, Siva's resume features the 2013 NCAA basketball title. He has improved his draft stock substantially since the tourament ended — at a mid-May combine in Chicago, Siva posted a 41-inch vertical leap and bench pressed 185 pounds 15 times.
Among Siva's biggest strengths — at least if you ask Jazz fans — is his ability to run and defend the pick and roll. In college, roughly 44 percent of possessions that went through Siva resulted in the pick and roll. Siva does not, however, score well on his own. He shoots around 40 percent from the floor, but less than 30 percent from the college 3-point line.
Siva is a facilitator at the core, and, given the Jazz's talent in the front court, is therefore someone the Jazz will undoubtedly pay attention to in workouts. His draft stock is not very high, and most mock drafts don't have him on the board. Siva is more likely a 2nd-round pick, if he is to be drafted at all.
Marquette Golden Eagles
At a glance: 6-4, 200 pounds, 20 years old
2012-13 stats: 14.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Athleticism is Blue's calling card, and he uses it on both ends of the floor. He's averaged at least a steal per game in each of the last two seasons, and rarely hesitates in converting those turnovers into transition baskets.
He's an inefficient shooter for a wingman (just over 30 percent from deep in 2012-13), but that didn't stop Blue from tossing up nearly 3-point attempts a game.
If the Jazz want an energy jolt at off-guard, Blue may be the man for the job, especially if he slips into the latter stages of the draft.
At a glance: 5-10, 180 pounds, 21 years old
2012-13 stats: 19.8 points, 7.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Jackson presents high value at where he's expected to be available, which is right near the transition between the first and second rounds of the draft.
A speedster and a leader, Jackson proved in college that his height was anything but an impediment, especially in the rebounding department.
With hard work being as valued as it is in the Jazz organization, Jackson has potential to be a favorite with management and, if picked, with the fan base.
At a glance: 5-10, 180 pounds, 21 years old
2012-13 stats: 13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Coming off a disappointing senior season (compared to his junior year), Hill's draft value may be lower than it should be.
It's up to the Jazz to figure out whether 2012-13 was a fluke in Hill's development. If they determine it was, they could do a lot worse than an aggressive forward who's also comfortable stepping out and shooting from deep (39 percent 3-point shooting).
Georgia Tech/Rio Grand Valley Vipers (D-League)
At a glance: 6-foot-5, 206 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 13.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists
Why the Jazz are interested: The talent of Rice's father was a big reason Michigan made their NCAA Tournament run in 1989, and much of it appears to be hereditary. NBA pedigree aside, Rice brings the swagger to match his own talent, sometimes more.
Rice wasn't the marksman his dad was from deep (33 percent from 3-point range), but he hit over 50 percent inside the arc and was a terror on the boards despite playing the wing.
His defensive versatility is another plus, but he'll need to convince Utah he can perform similarly at the pro level despite his 6-5 frame.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
At a glance: 6-foot-8, 245 pounds, 24 years old
2012-13 stats: 10.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.4 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Mbakwe is coming off a letdown senior year, but despite the letdown, he continued to show he's a force in the paint on both ends of the floor.
Higher-than-average age and mediocre height have Mbakwe entrenched as a second-round prospect, but one worth a look for a team needing a cheap enforcer off the bench.
At a glance: 6-foot-9, 246 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 13.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.2 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: With Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap both potentially leaving via free agency, Cooley presents yet another option to solidify Utah's frontcourt rotation.
The Glenview, Ill., product got better each year in college, wrapping up his time at Notre Dame by averaging a double-double per game. Even his free throw shooting (70.7 percent his senior year) improved by leaps and bounds each season.
Such progress is a good sign for the Jazz, who, even on a second-round prospect, would like their draft picks to be worth the investment.
At a glance: 5-11, 176 pounds, 20 years old
2012-13 stats: 14.5 points, 4.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Utah's interest in Larkin can be summed up in three words: athletic point guard.
Larkin impressed at the NBA combine. He registered a 3/4 court sprint time of 3.08 seconds and the 2nd-highest maximum vertical jump ever recorded at the combine at 44 inches.
"I knew I could jump. I knew I was fast," Larkin told the Chicago Sun-Times after the combine. "I didn’t think the teams knew how high I could jump, how athletic I was or how much I can bench press. So just being able to show that even though I’m a smaller guy, I can play above the rim and I’m strong enough to battle the big guards is a good thing."
The Jazz have young, strong, athletic players with loads of upside at every position other than point guard. It's easy to see why Utah would take a serious look at any legitimate point guard that could drop down to No. 14, and multiple NBA draft publications are projecting that Larkin will do just that.
Larkin is the son of Barry Larkin, the famed Cincinnati Reds shortstop. It appears that the Larkin athletic genes do not discriminate when it comes to sport. Shane is fast, deceptive, intelligent and selfless on the basketball floor, all assets the Jazz desperately need at the point.
While other players the Jazz have worked out are likely to not get drafted at all, Larkin certainly will. Among the most legitimate prospects the Jazz have worked out to this point, Larkin stands a real chance of being picked up by the Jazz.
North Carolina Tar Heels
At a glance: 6-7, 200 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 13.9 points, 6.6 rebounds per game, 42.9 3-point shooting percentage
Why the Jazz are interested: Bullock is a terrific spot-up shooter. He can spread the floor and add one more legitimate deep threat to Utah's perimeter arsenal.
More importantly for the Jazz, he is a good perimeter defender. At North Carolina, he was charged with the task of taking down the other team's No. 1 player on a nightly basis.
Bullock's downside is that he will still require development. Roy Williams, his coach at North Carolina, told fans and the media that if he'd had his way, Bullock would be sticking around for his senior season. A bench player until his junior year, Bullock thrived under Williams as a perimeter and transition threat and struggled as a go-to guy in a set-up offense.
If the Jazz don't intend to keep Marvin Williams past this next year, Bullock is a player that could make a play for his position. He will likely be available at No. 21 but will likely be taken before the Jazz make their second round pick at No. 46.
North Texas Mean Green
At a glance: 6-9, 236 pounds, 21 years old
2012-13 stats: 13.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.7 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Mitchell is an athletic combo forward who has progressively gotten better at jumpshooting over the course of his very short collegiate career, but is turnover-prone when driving to the basket. He is good in transition, a decent defender and very active without the ball
Mitchell was academically ineligible for what would have been his freshman season, so his college career was delayed. He did well as a freshman, but took a step back as a sophomore, despite being tabbed as the Sun Belt's preseason conference player of the year.
The Jazz are pretty heavy on big men, though it's very likely that either Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap will hit the road this summer. The future of the Jazz frontcourt is Favors and Kanter, and Mitchell wouldn't disrupt the pecking order at all.
Unless the Jazz see something the rest of us do not — a definite possibility — the Jazz would likely only pick up Mitchell as a back up to the back ups, the role Jeremy Evans has held for the last two years.
North Carolina State Wolfpack
At a glance: 6-4, 189 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 12.4 points, 7.2 assists, 2 steals per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Brown is another promising candidate to be the next great Utah point guard. He is leaving college with three years under his belt and spent his college years developing primarily his skills as a passer and a facilitator.
Brown is strong in transition with a particular strength in forcing the defense to commit to one option, leaving the other open. He is an outstanding setup man; his assists per game statistic was sixth in the NCAA for 2012-13.
North Carolina State's two best wins in 2012-13 were against North Carolina and Duke. Following the game against the Blue Devils, one in which Brown was responsible for all 13 of NC State's assists, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Brown was "magical with the ball" and that "no one gets the ball down the court faster in transition than Brown."
He is a large point guard, which is potentially an asset for any team that wants to occasionally use him in the post. Unfortunately, most analysts aren't too high on his pick and roll skill set, a staple in Utah's system dating back to the Stockton and Malone days. He prefers leap-and-leaners, floaters and runners to spot up shooting.
If the Jazz are looking for someone to set up Burks, Hayward, Jefferson, Millsap, Favors and Kanter night in and night out, Brown is a strong candidate.
At a glance: 6-9, 208 pounds, 23 years old
2012-13 stats: 10.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 0.8 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Sports fans along the Wasatch front are a little more familiar with M'Baye than they might think. Before M'Baye transferred to Oklahoma, the Bordeaux, France native played two seasons with the Wyoming Cowboys while both Utah and BYU were still in the Mountain West Conference.
Among the biggest assets M'Baye holds is his experience and maturity. When declaring for the NBA draft this spring, M'Baye said it was time for him to give back to his mother and grandmother who raised him in Africa and France.
"My goal when I came to the United States was to take care of business in the classroom and by the time I was 23 to have a degree in my pocket," M'Baye said when he declared for the draft. "Now that I'm graduating in May, it's time for me to start taking care of my family the way they've taken care of me for so long."
M'Baye is a good post player with his back to the basket. His upside is big; M'Baye improved every year on the college hardwood and has the athleticism to excel. His dunk reel is very fun to watch.
That said, he needs to get bigger and stronger if he intends to take on NBA power forwards effectively, both on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.
At best, the Jazz are looking for a backup in M'Baye.
At a glance: 6-5, 215 pounds, 23 years old
2012-13 stats: 16.8 points, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals per game
Why the Jazz are interested: The Jazz, ever on the hunt for better 3-point shooting, are interested in Story because of his ability to spot up and knock it down.
"He can shoot with anyone up there I’ve seen," former teammate Keith Fuetcsh said of Story to the Reno Gazette-Journal. "I mean, Luke (Babbitt) could shoot. But when Malik gets hot it’s incredibly hard to stop. You can get right up in his face and he’ll throw one 30 feet up in the air and it’ll drop right in."
Story was a staple of the 'Packs starting lineup from the moment he arrived on campus. He played his freshman season at the University of Indiana, but quickly transferred to Nevada to be closer to home. Doubtlessly, Nevada is grateful he did.
Story is a swingman, plain and simple. He is also a leader and a playmaker. He was responsible for 25 percent of Nevada's scoring as a senior, and his absence on that team leaves a huge hole.
Story could help the Jazz off the bench, but exactly what Utah would expect from him at this point is unclear. Certainly a talent, he could end up being drafted in the second round, making him a possibility for Utah's No. 46 pick.
Utah Valley Wolverines
At a glance: 6 ft 9 in, 212 pounds
2012-13 stats: 9.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Nick Thompson was second in the Great West in rebounds and first in assists in his 2012-13 senior season for UVU.
Thompson has roots in Utah, as he played for Clearfield before starting his college career. He played at CEU and Oklahoma before transferring to UVU for his final college season.
The power forward was surprised when he was invited to work out with the Jazz, but excited for the opportunity. He says his biggest strength is his versatility as a big man.
At a glance: 7 feet, 240 pounds, 20 years old
2012-13 stats: 16.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.3 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: The Hoosiers will take a huge hit next season and the NBA team lucky enough to draft Zeller will have a valuable, mobile 7-footer.
The Jazz could use a big man with the ability to run the floor and great footwork around the rim, all of which Zeller brings to the court. Throughout his sophomore season, the Indiana center improved his rebounding by 20 percent, which was looked at as one of his weaknesses following his outstanding freshman campaign.
Zeller will likely be drafted before Utah's No. 14 pick, however if the Jazz manage to draft him, they surely will benefit from his athleticism and unique scoring instincts.
At a glance: 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, 21 years old
2012-13 stats: 14.6 points, 5.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals per game
Why the Jazz are interested: The Jazz rarely entertain controversy, but Kabonogo's game has tantalized the franchise enough to consider him despite his 23-game suspension this season after accepting airfare and personal training instruction — before essentially lying about it to university officials during follow-up interviews.
Because of that, Kabongo's interviews with Jazz personnel may matter even more than the physical workouts. The team will do all the homework necessary before deciding if there's any risk involved.
If they give Kabongo a green light, the Jazz could do a lot worse than a do-it-all floor leader who — along with current Chicago Bull Marcus Teague — was ranked as one of the top point guards coming out of high school.
Florida State Seminoles
At a glance: 6-foot-5, 202 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 14.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steals per game
Why the Jazz are interested: As a fourth-year senior, Snaer bumped his draft stock with a stellar finish to the season when he scored in double figures nine out of the last 10 games, including five games of 20 or more points. He shot more than 50 percent from the field in half of those games and ended his college career with 24 points and five 3-pointers against Louisiana Tech in the NIT.
Snaer wasn't one of the more efficient guards in the nation from the field — he was never able to shoot better than 44 percent from the field for one season. His 3-point marksmanship, however, has always hovered at or near 40 percent, making him an outside shooting option the Jazz desperately need.
Like most perimeter stars in college, Snaer's ability to transition from a top offensive option to a spot-up, efficient role will determine his success.
South Dakota State Jackrabbits
At a glance: 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, 21 years old
2012-13 stats: 22.3 points, 5.8 assists, 5.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Remember those times when Utah needed a perimeter guy who wasn't afraid to score? Meet Wolters, one of the more intriguing prospects in this year's draft. He's the classic example of a big performer from a small program, though we saw how that worked out for Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers in 2012-13.
The most encouraging sign for Wolters this season was his improved efficiency. After shooting 44.8 percent from the field his sophomore and junior seasons, Wolters bumped up his marksmanship to an impressive 48.5 percent shooting (37.9 percent from deep) despite attempting more than 15 shots a game.
He isn't as quick or athletic as you'd like, but Wolters' ability to score and pass well in college make him a low-risk, high-reward prospect at the pro level.
Long Beach State 49ers
At a glance: 6-foot-7, 210 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 16.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.3 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: One of the more impressive junior college transfers in the last couple years, Ennis emerged as a do-everything swingman for the 49ers this season. His hustle on the defensive end was outstanding, as he proved adept at playing the passing lanes as well as helping from the weak side if the defense broke down.
Ennis' outside stroke (35.7 percent from deep) won't wow you, but he shot over 58 when he chose to take it inside the 3-point arc. Like Wolters, Ennis' value is still being solidified after playing at a less renowned program, but his all-around game on both ends of the floor will allow him to fit almost any team's needs.
Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens
At a glance: 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, 22 years old
2012-13 stats: 11.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2.4 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: With the chance that Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap could both leave via free agency, Utah is compelled to look at more frontcourt players as potential backups behind Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors.
Numbers-wise, there weren't many big men better in the nation than Hagins this season. His motor is non-stop, and he showed he's not a one-trick pony by upping his free throw percentage from 54.7 percent as a freshman to 74.4 percent as a senior.
Hagins' biggest knock is his size, both in the height and weight departments. "Imposing" at the pro level is completely different than in college, and Hagins' one-on-one workouts will go a long way to proving whether he can make the jump.
Colorado State Rams
At a glance: 7 feet, 255 pounds, 23 years old
2012-13 stats: 14.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 0.7 blocks per game
Why the Jazz are interested: Throw out your instant reaction thoughts when the name "Iverson" crops up. This version won't cross you up, is a foot taller and always shows up to practice. After three years' worth of practice and a reserve's role at Minnesota, he transferred to CSU for a breakout senior season.
Despite that, Iverson isn't popping up on many draft boards. The concerns are legit. He's a terrible free throw shooter (less than 60 percent all four years). He hasn't averaged at least one block per game since his freshman year. His game is more below-the-rim than you'd like from a 7-footer.
Even if he doesn't get drafted, Iverson has a good chance of sticking via the NBA summer league. Why? He was almost automatic from the low block (59.6 percent from the field), runs the floor well and has a decent set of low-post moves.