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Published: Tuesday, June 21 2011 4:35 p.m. MDT

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scalman
Temecula, CA

I don't think the Jazz are going to miss on the #3 pick, unless they take Kemba. I think he is too small, although I didn't realize Chris Paul is even smaller. Knight or Kanter would be my pick, even if Williams was available.

I'm thinking Jeremy Evans with a high SF pick in next year's draft is going to solidify that position for the future. Where the Jazz might miss is with the #12 pick. I think they should move up a few to nab Singleton or maybe Jonas V., Burks or Jimmer. All will be gone by #9 or #10 IMO. You guys that wonder if Singleton will ever shoot well enough to play big minutes...remember how long it took Scotty Pippen to develop a shot. Or just remember what Kirilenko can do when healthy, even if he is not hitting the jumper.

bballjunkie
Cedar Hills, UT

If we go Kimba at 3. KOC goodbye! We need Kanter at 3 unless williams is there. Then look for a shooting guard at 12. (Take best one that is there. Jimmer won't be).

Kankles
Miami, Florida

Knight

scalman
Temecula, CA

Let me add to my SF comment earlier...Jeremy Evans is a project at SF, but he will deliver from the bench for years somehow. Singleton appears to be the kind of defensive SF the Jazz need if they draft Kanter. A Singleton/Kanter/Favors front line will be defensively formidable because the weakest defensive link (Kanter) is an excellent defensive rebounder and his one-on-one deficiencies can be minimized with Favors near the basket and Singleton roaming. I believe few if any other front lines will outrebound those three eventually. Hayward will get some rebounds, too as an agressive SG.
So, SF in next year's draft unless the Jazz take Singleton with their second pick this year. I can see the Jazz going Kanter/Singleton but think KOC is leaning towards Knight at #3. Whatever he decides, I hope he moves up with the 2nd pick to #8.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

I think they'll explore all options for the third pick...including trading it...right now im just excited...if i were Cleveland...i would get williams at 1...and Brandon Knight or Kemba at 4...im not sure if Minnesota would grab Kyrie...having Rubio around...would they Take Kanter then?...and leave us with Kyrie?...im hoping we have a good draft...

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

Kakashi outlines a likely scenario. One the Jazz are likely hoping for.

Wombat1247
Mount Beauty, VIC

agree with Kakashi, If I was the Cavs - 1 - Williams & 4 best PG available

This could leave the Jazz with Irving - Nice

Invisible Hand
Provo, UT

I'm not sold on Knight. I think Jimmer is a better player now and has just as much upside. Besides, best case scenario is Knight is an all-star by his 3rd year, in which case he'll look to jump ship to a bigger market. Jimmer has a better chance of staying long term because he has peeps here. The Jazz should trade down to 6th, and take Jimmer, because he could by gone by 7.

gchris
rock springs, wy

Why is Jimmer always too short at 6'2" but Kemba Walker at 6'0" isn't?

Bugoff
Houston, TX

The Jazz need a better shot than AK at wing. They need and SF who is just as good or better on D. I am not that sold on Singleton.

SA is trying to move up to get Valanciunas to replace Duncan. The Jazz would be wise to get V. He is going to be a great player like Duncan and SA is smart enough to know that. Many scouts consider him to be better than Irving.

Plus he is a safe pick. He has a track record in Europe and is getting bigger and stronger. He will play all of next year at no cost and be NBA ready after the lockout year.

I hate to say it but SA is just a much better FO than Utah especially when it comes to drafting. They will probably get the "real" number 1 player in this draft at 5 or 7 while the Jazz take a risk on a player who would be about 10 or 12 in a normal draft.

eagle
Provo, UT

Because of the belief that Jimmer can't be this good because he's a white guy from BYU, the Jazz will go with some other sexier pick like Knight or Walker. Jimmer will Rookie of the Year and the Jazz will pass up on the best player they could have drafted since Deron Williams. That's my crazy prediction.

Large Tuna
Salt Lake City, UT

Thank you for finally pointing out that Kemba really isn't "undersized." He's 6'1", that is NOT undersized for a point guard. Earl Watson is 6'1" also, and he did just fine in the Jazz rotation. And of course, like mentioned, Chris Paul is even smaller. Earl Boykins, 5'5", he's been in the league for 14 years and is still a decent bench player. I'm sick of hearing about how Walker is an undersized PG, that's like saying someone is an over-sized C. I personally think Walker would be a great pick up for the Jazz at 3, and of all the "for certain" predictions of the Jazz getting Knight or Kanter at 3, remember last year when they were "for certain" drafting Cole Aldrich or Ed Davis, and they proved EVERYONE wrong and got Hayward. If history has anything to say about it, expect the Jazz to surprise everyone again this year. Don't get too heart-set on Knight, Kanter, and Jimmer, the media is usually wrong when it comes to the Jazz.

Large Tuna
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm getting tired of the stupid Michael Jordan scenario. The Blazers also picked Greg Oden instead of Kevin Durrant, when Oden was supposedly the "best player available" instead of getting a SF to fill in a gap they had that could run along side Brandon Roy.

If you pick the "best player available" simply for that, and he turns out to be a bust, then you not only have a bust but you now have a log jam at one position and are short at another.

The REAL drafting rule of thumb is: Don't do what the Blazers would do.

Bugoff
Houston, TX

Kemba is actually a safer pick than Knight. I have not been a Kemba fan as I do not think his PG style is a good fit for the Jazz. However, he can run a team and like Jimmer has an attitude of winning. He had a better style last year when he had a team with other players who could shoot better.

His situation is similar to Jimmer's. They scored a lot because that is what they had to do to win.

Kemba is going to be successful in the NBA. I just do not think he is a good fit for the Jazz.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

Just watched the clip of Brandon Knight on ESPN's Sports Science. He'd be a great pick at 3. Still, I'll cross my fingers and hope Cleveland and Minnesota fumble Williams down.

JazzRule
Bountiful, UT

@Invisible Hand

I wish you could see my surprised face after reading your post then seeing that you are from Provo...

Every Jimmerite is down on anyone that would get in the way of choosing Jimmer.

Can't wait for draft day to come and go and we know the Jazz have passed on Jimmer.

JazzRule
Bountiful, UT

@eagle

At least you acknowledge your prediction is crazy :).

Calgary
Calgary, AB

Kanter top rated center in draft??? Since when? Valanciunas is top rated center. Kanter will be biggest bust of this draft.

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