Utah Jazz draft Jeremy Evans in 2nd round

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  • S2M
    June 25, 2010 6:33 p.m.

    Go Jazz

  • Bubba
    June 25, 2010 4:58 p.m.

    Evaluate in 2 years doesn't mean he's a 2 year project! It means you don't know yet, give all these guys just drafted 2 years before you decide who can play in the NBA.

  • Legalese
    June 25, 2010 2:31 p.m.

    I love to hear the Jazz fans howl. It is also amazing how they rush to buy tickets to see these perrenial losers. What a bunch of losers!

  • The Final Word
    June 25, 2010 12:41 p.m.

    re: Terry

    No, the Jazz did not "have" the # 3 pick. O'Conner pulled of the highly improbable and admirable job of trading into the top 5 to get the #3 pick which landed the best PG in the league.

    And just in case you did not notice we win too many games and the team is too successful so we essentially are picking near dead last in the first round every year.

    Anyone with a brain knows the vast majority of NBA talent goes in the top 5 and usually the top 3. Any big stars that go below 15 were clearly misses by most all teams otherwise they would have been picked top 5.

    They are clearly the exception and not the rule. Every team has a history of huge blunders and busts in the draft and the lower you pick in the first round the statistical odds are just that much higher that the guy won't pan out. We are picking 25-30 every year. That is just a few picks from the 2nd round where they don't even get guaranteed contracts because few pan out.

    Brewer? Great athlete can't shoot. Wonderful.

  • Niximus
    June 25, 2010 12:38 p.m.

    So after the dust settles on this draft we end up with 2 6'-9" forwards? 1 who thinks he's a center and the other who thinks he's a guard. Wow, what a disappointment.

  • BBSmith
    June 25, 2010 12:26 p.m.

    I really like all of the bashing on O'Conner. I too am still a little shocked by this pick but I think he will raise his game like he always has. (According to the things I have been reading about him) Kevin Pritchard has had 3 times the amoutn of 10 ten picks that O'Conner has and yet the Jazz have still outplayed them. Portland also had a #1 given to them and the verdict is still out on that one, but for me it was a bust.

  • Terry
    June 25, 2010 11:52 a.m.

    The Jazz had a #3 pick, they needed a point guard, it was either DW or CP, you cant mess that up, a monkey could have gotten it right either way!

    Please tell me what other first round draft picks over the past 11 years (KOC era) that actually contributed on the court for the Jazz? NONE! Worst 1st round draft record in the NBA! Yes we got Millsap in the 2nd round, not bad at picking low draft projects on occasion. BUT, Where are the great athletes that you are supposed to get from the 1st round draft picks??? We needed Height & Defense above all! (could have contributed and gotten experience right away with Memo out)
    Not another project at the most stacked position we have ever had! Remember we got rid of Brewer (much more athletic than Hayward) for this very same reason!

  • ExAFvet
    June 25, 2010 11:27 a.m.

    With his weight he will be abused like Shawn Bradley was in the NBA. I hoped the Jazz would of taken a chance on Omar Samhan or N'Diay.

  • CougarKeith
    June 25, 2010 11:25 a.m.

    Well, going against the grain is something the Jazz have done with regular success! Give them the benefit of the doubt here, and let's see what happens?

  • The Final Word
    June 25, 2010 11:24 a.m.


    Please do share who was that player that the Jazz were going to draft that was going to make us the championship team you claim to know how to build?

    Name please?

    We are all anxious to read the NAME of the player who would turn us into the Laker Breakers.

    Who is it that is going to supplant Gasol, Bynum, and Odom?

    Can't wait to see the guy that you would have selected that was going to contend with those three Laker BIGs for us.

    Give us the name.

  • Jazz Source
    June 25, 2010 11:17 a.m.

    Last time I checked Kevin Durrant is a 200lb bean pole.

    How is he panning out in the NBA playing the small forward and sometimes the powerforward position?

    This guy shoots 64%--he clearly must not shoot alot given his PPG but the shots he takes he makes.

    That does not seem all bad to me.

    He is athletic and can jump out of the gym so lets see what he looks/plays like in summer camp before we condemn him.

    I find it comical all the bashers who predict what a collosal failure the GM, coaches, and organization is.

    Meanwhile they end up in the top 5 NBA teams year after year without any high draft picks.

    It is a blatant contradiction to say this organization does not know what it is doing. The bottom line is wins and the Jazz do plenty of that.

    Sure we are all disappointed we could not get a big like Cousins or Monroe who could change the game immediately but playable impact BIGs were gone when we picked.

    Sure there are some other BIGs that were there but they were anything but "locks" to produce or bring a championship.

    Get real.

  • SAJazzFan
    June 25, 2010 10:52 a.m.

    From ESPN: "N'Diaye has good athleticism relative to his excellent size, an impressive frame, and a developing skill set. He showed a consistent hook shot on the offensive end, but did look comfortable with anything else on this end of the floor. His hands are not very good and his footwork is a work in progress, but he appears to be a hard worker and should continue to improve in time.

    On the defensive end, he has solid lateral quickness and timing, which coupled with his explosiveness and aggressiveness, allows him to be a good shot blocker and a solid overall defender at this level."

    Okay, so here we have a player with "good athleticism" "impressive frame" "hard worker" "solid overall defender"...

    Um, doesn't that sound like EXACTLY the kind of player the Jazz need NOW, even as a backup?

    WHAT was KOC thinking?!?

    June 25, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    I'm not ready to give up on Koufus or Fes. They say it takes about 3 to 4 years to develop a big man in the NBA. Very small percentage make an impact in their first two years. Besides, Kouf and Fes are better than any other big at the 9th pick. They have also made enough BAD PICKS on BIGs to know what a stiff is.

    I know we all have opinions on players and what we see on the internet. We don't get to see first hand what the Jazz's FO gets to see. I'll have to trust them.

  • Sokol
    June 25, 2010 9:44 a.m.

    Maybe the Jazz are potentially racist..

  • byronbca
    June 25, 2010 9:27 a.m.

    Anyone who says the Jazz are awful at drafting are just ignoring the facts. In the last 5 years very few teams have had better drafts when considering what # they were drafting.

    In 05 the Jazz had the 6th overall pick, traded up and got arguably the best player in the draft. Plus they got CJ in the 2nd.

    06 they drafted 2 of the top 10 players in the draft without having a pick in the top ten.

    07 Jazz drafted to fill a need and Almond was a bust.

    08 All of the picks were projects, but so far Tomic looks like a brilliant pick and Koufos and that Serbian guy are about to get their chance.

    09 Maynor was a great pick and because the Jazz were able to sell him they didn’t have to get rid of any key pieces.

    Like most Jazz fans I didn’t like the picks last night, but I’m still hopeful because recent history suggests Jazz brass knows what they’re doing.

  • ER in AF
    June 25, 2010 4:01 a.m.

    OUCH, Jesse. Ouch. I have to agree with your logic. Big East DPOY. We, I mean Boozer, could have really used that guy.

  • Jesse
    June 25, 2010 12:19 a.m.

    Hamady N'diaye: 6'11", 235 lbs. 7'6" wingspan. 39" vertical. 9.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 4.5 bpg and was named the Big East defensive player of the year. Drafted with the 26th pick of round 2, 1 spot behind the Jazz.

    Jeremy Evans looks super athletic but is he really only 197 lbs. I'm a skinny guy but that is unreal. I'm shocked.

  • Terry
    June 25, 2010 12:12 a.m.

    Plays for a small college and averages 10 points and 6 rebounds as a center/PF??? I don't care what his shooting % is when you don't have real competition and you only score 10 points!!! 190 pounds cant do anything in the NBA at PF or Center!!! They still had some legit 7 footers/shot blockers around in the 2nd round and they took this guy???

    Come on guys, KOC has the worst draft record in the NBA! (and you cant screw up #3 when DW and CP are the only options) Maybe they should start drafting based on ESPN or fan voting, they would have a better track record! FYI, Everyone told the Jazz to pick Boozer with their late 1st round pick back in the day vs. some no name they traded. Nuff Said!

  • Bugoff
    June 24, 2010 11:35 p.m.

    Hayward is Sloan's pick. However, he is also the whole Jazz management pick. Remember a couple of week ago how they all gushed about him.

    Hayward has his strengths. He is okay. He probably will ride the pine or be in D-league for much of the year unless there are injuries.

    I doubt if he can guard SGs in the NBA. He should be able to improve his lateral quickness with work.

    Zoubek would have been a much better pick at 55 than Evans.

    I guess it is time to just give up on the Jazz drafting and see who they dig up out of the dumpster.

    How can they be so awful at drafting and really good at dumpster diving?

  • eagle
    June 24, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    This pick even seems less inspired than the first round pick..

  • JFFR
    June 24, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    I don't follow college basketball that closely, so I'm not going to assess the picks.. but a guy who shoots 63%, thats impressive!

    I think when you are at the bottom end of the second round you just look for some kind of stat that sticks out. Such as shooting a career 63% or leading the NCAA in rebounds every year.

    If he's 198lbs, he shouldn't be listed as a big man. But he's only 22... he'll get stronger.

  • first2third
    June 24, 2010 11:15 p.m.

    I wonder if Zoubek from duke gets an invite to the jazz summer camp or the cornell kid.

  • toddfromsantaana
    June 24, 2010 11:11 p.m.

    This is what will happen:

    Gordon will sit "on the pine" as 9th thru 12th man next to Ty Corbin and Phil Johnson most of the year

    SLoan has done it again...

    Any one thinks every move the Jazz make does not go through SLoan needs to go see the "rock" and see "what he is cooking"

  • toddfromsantaana
    June 24, 2010 11:08 p.m.


    Doug loves the moves


    Doug, go back to bed

  • Large Tuna
    June 24, 2010 11:06 p.m.

    Ed Davis and Pattrick Patterson are hardly "a dog's breakfast". Patterson is basically Milsap with a 3pt shot. Not only did we NOT take him to make our team worse but we let him slip to a rebuilding team in the west and helped them get better.

    I can't believe O'connor drafts a 2-year project for the 9th pick and then tells the fans to wait around to see if he's right. You dont waste the 9th pick of the draft, that you've been waiting to use for 6 years, to get a 2 year project when you clearly have other needs.

    These two picks will get knocked over when breathed on.

  • Hellooo
    June 24, 2010 11:04 p.m.

    Now the draft is over the Jazz management can get down to doing what they do best, which finding undrafted talent to fill the roster. Lets look for the next Wes Mathews!!!!

  • carpediem
    June 24, 2010 10:54 p.m.

    Maybe "Flash Gordon" will play for the flash.

  • BillM75
    June 24, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    After a deep breath or ten, I can accept Hayward. You're not getting a superstar at 9 unless miracles happen. You have to trust KOC evaluated him as better than Babbitt in spite of every measurable being in Luke's favor, or Henry & George. The available bigs were a dog's breakfast, grab bag, and a big drop from Cuzz, Monroe & Udoh.

    But this Evans kid just won't make it thru summer league at 196lbs.

    I hope the Jazz have already called Scheyer, Elijah & that center from Cornell.

  • Bugoff
    June 24, 2010 10:33 p.m.

    196 lbs is not a post player in the NBA. He looks like another SF if he makes it at all.

    I can live with Hayward but this pick on the surface makes less sense than Sutton last year.

    Are the Jazz going to run and gun with a small line up?

    This guy can't shoot outside. Can't dribble. He has a dated profile at draft express.

    I had limited faith in the Jazz drafting before tonight. Now I expect them to dork up.

    They need to sell the picks and go do something they are good at. Or better yet trade the picks for established players.

  • jumpinjax
    June 24, 2010 10:30 p.m.

    If KOC isn't the dumbest gm in all of sports who is?

  • josemb
    June 24, 2010 10:24 p.m.

    And end to the Koufus/Fesenko era i hope, too. i can't believe the jazz can't find a decent big man and settle for Koufs and Fez at the middle. those two are the absolute worst big men i have ever seen! they can't even score at garbage time

  • Chuck Nunn
    June 24, 2010 10:19 p.m.

    If Evans isn't the second coming of AK athletically, this draft will be a BIG disappointment. SO many other players the Jazz could have picked ... I'm stunned, really.

  • Red Barchetta
    June 24, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    Big Man??? what a Joke! Not a happy day as a Jazz fan!!

  • Doug10
    June 24, 2010 10:05 p.m.

    NOt sure how this guy really operates but on the youtube shows he is much more coordinated than awkward Aldrich. Very high scoring percentage so he must be active in the key on offense. Good job Jazz looks like they have a plan, perhaps this man spells the end to a painful Koufos era in Utah.