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Published: Friday, June 24 2011 4:31 p.m. MDT

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TheHailstorm
South Weber, UT

Great responses from the pro journalists, defying all of the oracles in blue. I too would have liked to see the Jimmer in uniform but there is no reason to put a negative spin on it.
We do have a first round pick from Golden State albeit protected from 7 down. With Mark Jackson as coach we might take that pick to the bank as well.
Looking good Jazz, looking really good.

Vince
the boonies, mexico

I'll go to the bank with the media experts over local armchair GM's anyday. Great work to all of you in Jazz management, you have done an excellent job. Now a few tweaks and we are going to threaten the big boys in our conference and league in the near future. I hope the greeds negoitating the new labor agreement can get their crap together and pay some homage to the thousands of fans who pay for everything that goes on in this league and all of the other pro sports. This whole labor issue is sickening when considering the "BILLIONS" collected off from hard working fans. Settle and move on please!

SportsFan101
Bountiful, UT

Hmm..All the fans on here seemed to think the Jazz had a terrible draft just because they didn't get the Jimmer. But the majority of the experts who make a living in these things, think the Jazz had the best draft? Interesting..Now. Here is to hoping we can see these kids actually play this year. Stupid lockout.

1984 for life
Salt Lake City, UT

Nice draft Jazz. I'll say it again, sign Jason Richardson as the starting shooting guard and the Jazz are back in the playoffs.

chiefbrady
Salt Lake City, UT

So, essentially the Jazz traded D-Will away for Favors (who would have been the #1 pick this year) and Kanter (arguably the #2 pick this year), Harris and cash. Yeah, I'd say that was probably pretty shrewd of them - especially considering D-Will was just gonna be like Carmello and have drama all year and then bounce. I say WAY TO GO JAZZ!!!!

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

If Horny can get Burks to shoot treys well, this will have been a decent draft. A B+ grade. If not, a C grade. They needed a 3 more than a 2.

Burks is quite athletic, and scored well in college. But his trey shooting will need to come up to snuff to make the grade.

Getting both Kanter and Jimmer would have made it an A grade, because the Jazz needed proven trey shooting AND a PG that can assist. Kanter by himself is an A, and so is Jimmer. But, the Jazz couldn't get him, so we move on. (I now have TWO teams to root for.)

Maybe the Jazz can find a assist-minded PG in the near future, like in FA or in next year's draft lottery.

Or, can Harris be taught to run a team? Not so sure, as he's not shown that for a player who's been around as long as he has.

Looking forward to what other moves the Jazz will make to fill out their roster. At least bring back Watson and AK, and maybe Fes.

Go Jazz! Go Kings! Go BYU! Ah, what the heck, Go Utes!

SloanHater
Farmingtown, IL

Chiefbrady..

Don't forget the Jazz could get another lottery pick in the next couple years from Golden State as part of the trade.

MiP
Iowa City, IA

It's true the Jazz gained some good talent in the DWill trade, but they scratched the 2010-2011 season to do it. They were headed to the playoffs this year and instead finished with their second losing season in 28 years and missed the playoffs. Now if Kanter and Favors do prove to be great assets---and stick around---then I will agree on the shrewdness of the deal.

I still think it's a potentially great move.

Just playing a little devil's advocate.

BillM75
Salt Lake City, UT

MiP, don't let the Jazz' fast start fool you, they were 7-14 over DWill's last games here, plus his wrist was getting worse as we found out.

As for these picks, just impossible to tell know. They're both 19 (as is Favors)! Both have all the physical tools, it will come down to attitude and work ethic.

Kanter having 6% bodyfat after having to sit out a year is a huge green mark. Burks was a ballhog a la Jimmer, but he did have over 6 rebounds a game and is a great free throw shooter, plus his teammates were far worse than Jimmer's. I would've taken Singleton or Leonard, but Burk's offensive ceiling is far higher, and 90% of defense is effort. As Gordon showed, outside shooting can be improved, and we have the best shooting coach in the league.

Kanter & Burks could be Koufos & Almond, or the could have the two best careers from this weak draft. At least Koufos has size & coordination, and Burks can create his own shot, which are other areas the Jazz have great need in.

Check back in 2014.

Uteology
Fort Worth, Texas

WhatsInItForMe
A B+ grade. If not, a C grade. They needed a 3 more than a 2.
Getting both Kanter and Jimmer would have made it an A grade, because...

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Let me guess, because your a die hard BYU fan? Jimmer would have jumped the Kanter pick two grades? Sorry I agree with experts, Kanter was the only choice at the 3 and we needed size. Burks so far looks like Brewer 2.0... will wait to pass judgment until around January when the season starts.

The question now is do these young guys get significant minutes to develop? I hope so...

Starting:

C Kanter
PF Favors
SF Hayward
SG Burks
G Harris

With that lineup we might win 10 games but what's the use of winning 40 games while the young kids waste time on the bench.

President Joker
Washington, DC

And in provo the Jazz get an F.

Outsideview
Federal Way, WA

DO guards really "develop" outside shooting after they reach the pro's?

Do guards really learn to "dribble drive" after they reach the pro's?

Alec is said to be a good driving guard. Hopefully, he really can learn to shoot from outside. You need a good outside game to have a good inside game. Just one option wont do it.

OrlandoJazzFan
Winter Springs, FL

Any way we can publish this article one more time in all caps so maybe the "arm chair quarterbacks" who know nothing about the game will be convinced. I can't believe you can read an article with the opinion of the experts and still be giving the Jazz draft low grades... I watched the draft from start to finish and I do not recall Jimmer being on the board at 12. Certainly you do not think he was a 3 pick???

The Jazz filled some needs - stop whimpering and give them props for what they have accomplished. These two guys are going to be great additions.

thebigcougar
LAYTON, UT

Guards can develop their three point shooting after being drafted. Haywood shot the same percentage three pointers as Burks in College and shot 45% in the NBA last year. Lets hope Burks does the same. They booed Haywood's selection and look at him now.

Draft dumbie
Farmington, UT

Burks' shooting is fixable--nothing that taking a few hundred thousand practice shots cannot cure. Other than that, I think Burks looks a lot like Evan Turner, second pick in last year's draft.

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

Well done Jazz. Hopefully we get a full NBA season so we can see the team come together. I am sure there is still some tweaking to come in the free agent market.

Go Jazz!!!!

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

RE: Outsideview
According to Jeff Hornacek, yes. On the radio today, he said he did not have a good shooting percentage entering the league. He taught himself a new shooting style, and the rest is history.

mikeberwald
LYDIA, LA

I guess the argument could be made that the jazz should have taken leonard although leonard blew off a jazz workout, reasoning he wouldnt be available at 12. Just hope the Jazz did not overlook him because he did not come in, but maybe they reasoned they needed a slashing two more then a defensive-minded, rebounding 3. Bad sign when SA traded hill for him though.

In Burks defense, 3-point shooting is one thing that can be improved (quickness, slashing and creating a shot, not as much ). Look at Stockton, who was not a great shooter (and a hesitant one)when he entered the league, who became a fantastic shooter. Jason Kidd is another one who improved. Only horribly defective strokes like Ronnie Brewer cannot be fixed. If you want to compare Burks to Brewer he is muchbetter offensively than Brewer, a better rebounder, the biggest question is if he can defend somewhat like Brewer. If he can, we got ourselves a 2 guard.

BlameItOnTheOfficials
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Pay no attention to the "experts" in Provo. They were jimmered by jimmermania and can't think clearly. I'm sure we can find them some recoverly groups to work through this problem and they will find peace and happiness again in the Jazz.

This was an excellent draft with youth, talent, and athleticism. Go Jazz, Go Cougs, Go Utes.

Jazz2Win
Provo, UT

I am a Jazz fan and will continue to support them...but can you imagine the excitement around here if they had gotten Kanter and Jimmer? Kanter has a strong personality and would have still thrived even with all the Jimmermania. The pro-Jimmer group would have been happy as well as those who don't believe as much in his talent as the Jazz would still have had a great prospect in Kanter. Ah well....

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