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Published: Thursday, June 23 2011 10:00 p.m. MDT

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oh ye confederacy of dunces
Flushing, NY

I gotta admit, I am relieved Jimmer didn't end up with the Jazz. Had the Jazz found a way to draft him, Jimmer fans would have had to deal with a constant barrage of negative Ute analysis and criticism directed at the greatest player that has ever played at BYU (sorry Ainge). As it stands, Jimmer is headed to an organization where he will start and be embraced by a fanbase that is thrilled to have him. Furthermore, he will have a very good chance of starting. I predict he will ROUTINELY score in the 20s and will average double digits in scoring with 5-10 assists/ game. I believe he will be a serious contender for rookie of the year. And the best part of it all?--Jimmer fans can buy a NBA league Pass and enjoy the new "King" of the NBA without the sour criticism of the other side. I am ecstatic about Jimmer's destination, and can't wait to follow his career.

Eagle Mountain, UT

Jazz got two potentially solid players who have good attitudes and good work ethics. Jimmer will get a chance to play a lot in Sac. Winners all around. It would have been nice to have Jimmer drafted by the Jazz but I will look forward to seeing him play a lot this year.

Richard Saunders
Provo, UT

As a Jazz fan, not a fan of BYU or University of Utah, I'm glad I won't have to put up with the childish back and forth of some BYU-Utah fans. Jimmer would not have been the best player on the team, but I fear the Deseret News would have made him the focal point. I don't cheer for individual players so much as the team. Dallas showed what a team can do. I hope Jimmer has a great season minus four games.

Holladay, UT

This might be the best front court the Jazz have ever had. Favors, Kanter, Milsap, Jefferson, Okur, and even Fesenko offer some pretty awesome combinations. Scoring down low and defending the paint shouldn't be a problem anymore. Having Hayward out there with Favors and Kanter is going to be pretty sweet to watch also.

Monsieur le prof
Sandy, UT

I was hoping for Jimmer, not only because he's a good player, but also because when he speaks, you can actually understand him. We'll now have five players on the team who struggle to put two coherent sentences together. Well, at least they can shoot! :-)

West Valley, UT

I am a Wyoming Cowboy fan but feel Jimmer will do the best of all draftees in the NBA. I, too, get tired of the Utah fans childish badmouthing BYU and BYU fans bad mouthing Utah and have NEVER been a fan of BYU teams. ( I also get annoyed at the BYU bashing by the sports writers of the other newspaper. )

Games are won by scoring points - the team with the most points always wins regardless of the also very important aspect of defense.

Jimmer has shown he can score.

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

The sky is blue, the sun is shining, it's Friday and the possibilities are endless. Best of all the circus has left town. Great job KOC!

Calgary, AB

Theeng2: you must be kidding if you think Kanter is going to defend paint - he is worse then Boozer! At least in his high school videos... No effort, no heart... doubt that will change, looks like he is interested in scoring only. Will be another black hole on offense, TO prone machine. Just imagine them both with big AL, both similar iso post up guys... boring! Jazz just got worse defensively and if they trade AK they will be THE WORST defensive team in all NBA:/

Jonathan Eddy
Payson, UT

Dallas won the national championship because of three things:
1. A decent inside presence
2. A threat from anywhere on the court (Dirk)
3. A support staff that shot the ball insanely well from outside the arc

Using that as a recipe, where does that leave the Jazz this season if they have any hopes of a run at a championship?

Who will be their inside presence? Kantor?
Who will be their threat from anywhere on the court? Burks?
At least in Fredette the Jazz could have acquired someone that can create space and shoot the lights out in bundles from the three.

Sorry folks. This has nothing to do with where the boy went to school. We missed a golden opportunity. I'm disappointed.

Houston, TX

The current Jazz model is more similar to MEM which made a good run. If you trade some redundancy for shooting you will have a very good team with 2 or more lotto picks coming next year.

Almost all Ute fans would have embraced Jimmer as a Jazz player. There may be a few haters but so what.

Jimmer is much better off in SAC. The offense is much simpler and he can learn to play D without a lot of pressure. He compliments Tyreke and Salmons scored well from the wing when he played there previously. He has Cousins as a target inside and for rebounding.

It takes a lot of pressure off of Jimmer. He has the ideal place to make the NBA transition. His novelty will wear off in a couple of years and maybe the Jazz trade for him if it is obvious he fits the Jazz well.

JT Texas
Midland, TX

After researching this draft, I would have drafted the same way as the jazz. I've seen burks compared to kobe and kanter to marc gasol. I think we got a steal of a draft.

Houston, TX

Actually what won DAL the title was same thing that won it for LA the past 2 years and BOS before that.

90 million in salary. Under the old NBA that has been the formula for winning. Spend enough to get the talent and depth.

That should lower to 70-75 million with more teams having a chance.

Allen, TX

Not like the Jazz were going to do anything next year anyway. All around, this is better for everyone. No circus in Utah, no undue pressure on Jimmer the rookie (they all have plenty of pressure anyway).

I say this is a win all around. Except for Jazz fans, who will have to suffer through another mediocre season.....

Anonymous Infinity
American Fork, UT

This was one of the worst drafts in the history of the NBA, no question. There were no clearly outstanding players that will make a difference on any of the teams. Kanter and Burks will be journeyman players which the Jazz have a roster of them. I see no progress for the Utah. It will continue to be an adventure to even be in the playoffs. The two Russians, Fesenko and Kirilenko are hopeless. They both are out of shape and have never improved their skills. The only thing Kirilenko brings to the table when he is healthy is caused some chaos on the defensive end of the floor. Fesenko ought to be the wrestler, not Canter. He has no basketball skills whatsoever at the NBA level. The backcourt for the Jazz continues to be troubling. I do think the Jazz got better with the draft, but playoffs? I doubt it. My feeling is the Jazz need another conditioning coach, who can motivate people; and some basketball skills/shooting coach. What we have at the present time is lacking.

Saint Louis, MO

I agree with the previous comment in the area of coaching. Why not bring in Karl Malone to work with the bigs. Memo should be a great influence on the new seven foot Turk. Hope he doesn't just shoot threes and rebounds. KOC did a nice job. Burks may be the steal of the draft. Both appear to be hard workers and easily coached. Now, Corbin needs to prove what he is made of. Bring on the "fire sale". Clean house and build with the young players especially Favors.

Mesa, AZ

The Jazz followed the model set by the NFL Houston Texans when they didn't draft hometown hero Vince Young at QB, someone local fans could rally around, and perhaps increase season ticket sales. Instead it became a continued path to mediocrity.

Tremonton, UT

@Anonymous: Sounds like you just had a bowl of sour grapes. Calm down .. Does it really matter??

Logan, UT

I think the Jazz tried to get Jimmer...just not with the 3rd pick. I think Sactown's team philosophy fits better for Jimmer, but I don't know where Jimmer is going to get his shots. Evans, Thornton, Salmons and Cousins want to be shooting and scoring. Jimmer would have had more opportunity to shoot with the Jazz.

Even though we didn't get Jimmer, I am happy with the selections.

the boonies, mexico

Great draft Jazz considering what was offered. Thank goodness Jimmer didn't end up here because then the bawling would have switched from how great to he isn't getting enoough minutes. As it is now the coaching staff won't have to hear the garbage anymore. I believe the Jazz just moved to just below the elite status in the NBA with the moves made yesterday and also believe they are not done dealing yet. Watch for more fine tuning by this Utah team fans! Great job Jazz management, now a couple more deals and we are set for several years.

Allen, TX

@ Bugoff | 8:47 a.m. June 24, 2011

You obviously do not know basketball. Yes, spending money helps, to get the right pieces in place, but the Mavs' 2nd biggest salary was on the bench the whole 2nd half of the season - Caron Butler.

What won the well-deserved championship for the Mavs WAS the same thing that won it for the Lakers and Boston - teamwork, and being able to dominantly close the fourth quarter.

Mavs were the best 4th quarter team in these playoffs since the showtime Lakers.

And this is coming from a 40-year Laker fan. Quit your whining and go get a team in Houston.

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