Think tank: 15 reasons Jazz fans should pay attention to Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13 2013 11:49 p.m. MST

It may be early in the season, but things are looking up for three particular college freshmen and looking down for the Utah Jazz. Will Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins or Julius Randle be playing in Utah next season?

Parker, Wiggins and Randle have already had the chance to show what they've got on a national stage, and each has impressed.

And while the Jazz brass may never say the word "tank," this season has to bring a sinking feeling to Utah fans who are acutely aware of the team's inauspicious 1-8 start.

So, why not give these fans a reprieve and focus on the future? Here's 15 reasons why Parker, Wiggins or Randle would make a good fit with the Jazz:

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All 3 of them are solid players, but to me, Jabari is markedly the better option. He fits pretty much every set of criteria laid out by Jazz fans clamoring for a player.

Holladay, UT

I agree I think the Jazz should go after Jabari, even if they get a shot at Wiggins. I watched the Duke, Jayhawk game, and Jabari was active on both ends of the floor, playing pretty good defense, going after rebounds, He shared the ball well, and knew exactly when to score. His style of play, and being a team player make him a perfect fit for the Jazz, not to mention he's a top 5 draft pick with huge upside potential.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Way too early to talk about. Lottery pick are such a joke and if the jazz continue to lose and be in last place may be at 4th pick and nothing be left. What if Jabari doesn't go nba until later. Why, he could stay a little longer at duke or go on a mission.


Jazz season this year. Play hard, develop the young players, lose every game, and have a high draft pick next year. The future looks bright.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

DEW Cougars

No matter what anyone says, including Jabari, he won't be going on a mission unless he sustains a serious injury and completely falls off the NBA radar. That's a guarantee.

rock springs, wy


What is your source? Did Parker tell you he wouldn't go on a mission?

Salt Lake City, UT

I refuse to read these page turning lists. They are an offensive gimmick.

Salt Lake City, UT

Put the list on one page. I will not click endlessly.

St Louis, MO

Having watched all three, early impressions are (with the "barring injury" disclaimer):

Parker is a sure-fire NBA superstar (as much as one can be at his age). His versatility is a huge plus. He's on his way to having multiple elite NBA-level skills, which hardly anyone else can say. MVP awards are realistic, assuming a reasonable progression once he's a pro. He's the no-brainer #1 pick.

Randle is going to be a consistent monster and will shock no-one if he makes multiple all-star teams. Any team, even those with a loaded frontcourt, would be nuts to pass on him if Parker is off the board.

I'm not ga-ga over Wiggins. NBA caliber talent? Obviously. The next Lebron? Please. Future perennial all-star? I have no idea. I suspect the hype machine has raised his profile so high that it will be exceptionally difficult for him to "overperform." As a third pick, great; take him. But he is definitely less attractive than the other two guys right now.

As for Parker and mission -- I hope not, and this is coming from an RM. He's got a unique opportunity. Take it. Anyone can serve a mission.

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