Utah Jazz take 6-10 center with 2nd pick

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  • State Fan
    June 27, 2009 4:43 p.m.

    This kid has believed in hard work, as each year at State,he steadily improved his game. He's a natural rebounder, meaning he always seems to be in the right place for the ball off the rim. He's going to earn minutes. Good catch for the 50th pick. He can pass too, a lot of potential to be Divac-like in the NBA.

  • Big men shooting 3's
    June 27, 2009 1:13 a.m.

    I keep hearing that this guy can shoot! How many big guys do we need to shoot 3's and 'spread the floor'? We got memo and i'm ok with him because he's a clutch player, but I think our backups need to be energy players or athletic hustling type players, not a worse version of our slightly above average starters. Give me someone who can catch the ball in the lane and finish. Give me someone who can intimidate shots and not just by being big/slow and in the lane. I think our system would work better if our 2's and 3's were the outside shooters not the big men. Our team is just built backwards. If there wasn't a big man who could offer any of the above mentioned traits, then how about a shooter at the 2 or 3 spot. i know there was more than a few of those out there. Lets be bold and shake up the roster in July! Go Jazz!

  • The prospect of both
    June 27, 2009 12:20 a.m.

    Koufos and Suton playing together on the second team is intriguing. Suton plays defense at least as well as Collins and he can shoot and rebound 5 times better. Suton is not shy about mixing it up.

    It may take a year or two but both of them can rebound and both can shoot outside. One can draw the defense out while the other rebounds. It will open things up for PF moves and guard slashes.

    Utah now has 3 bigs who can shoot and Fez who can bang.

    It is hard to say if Koufos and Suton will be quick enough to play with LAs front line but they are big enough. I hope one of them learns to be a decent PF.

  • Suton
    June 26, 2009 11:54 p.m.

    Do not be surprised if Suton makes it this year. I just watched much of his NCAA tournament film. He can make it alone on his outside shooting. He can stretch the floor now from the C or PF spot on the 2nd team.

    I watched Suton against Thabeet, Hansbrough, USC and Louisville. He has some weaknesses but maybe he can fix those with time and work.

    He moves well. He defends or at least works hard at it. He does have some inside moves but his primary strength is his outside shooting. He also rebounds consistently (about 10 a game during the NCAA tournament). He is much more advanced than Koufos at this point on shooting. He averaged 1 block a game during the tournament.

    He is as good as Hansbrough but his role was different. He was not the primary scorer for MSU.

    He runs the floor hard for a big seems to hold his own against the other bigs who were drafted.

    He may be a better shot than Okur from the outside. He has range.

  • BP
    June 26, 2009 7:00 p.m.

    Hard to say on this one. He seems like another Proven player type pick. Being a 4 yr. Senior (as opposed to Koufos who was a Freshman when he came out)...he should have a real shot at filling some minutes in at Power Forward, especially if Booz goes. How many 6 10 big men were there in the draft that Can SHOOT??? This guy can AND he plays sound defense. He's not the End all Answer, but he could prove to be a pretty nice Bench player for us. We still need Shot blocking and a 2 Guard that can both shoot and play defense. CJ may get there but needs to bulk up.

    We definitely need a trade of Sorts to get another STAR next to Dwill.

  • Miles
    June 26, 2009 4:38 p.m.

    Had we drafted a player at CJ's postion I would have said "YES" Finally the Jazz will trade CJ away and he can play some ball with a coach who isn't named Jerry. I wasn't aware we needed more big guys who can't play. Thanks for filling me in on that one.

  • Whatever-
    June 26, 2009 4:32 p.m.

    I like Maynor and I think he'll be more than good enough to back up Deron but I wish the Jazz would take more chances in the Draft. Like trading up in the second round this year to take a chance on someone like Blair or Pedergraph rather than this guy... They've been taking the same thing in the second round for 3 or four years... I mean look what happened when the Jazz took a chance on Paul Millsap and Dee Brown, things worked out pretty good that year!

  • @Miles
    June 26, 2009 3:51 p.m.

    What would you have said if the Jazz drafted a player at C.J.'s position. Get real man we covered the PG and now the big positions, who do you want Jordan?

  • Miles
    June 26, 2009 3:20 p.m.

    How many big guys do we need? Poor pick. Wasted Pick. So is this guy better than Fez and Koufus whom we already have under contract? The way we drafted, you have to believe there is a major trade on it's way.

  • This guy is probably
    June 26, 2009 1:51 p.m.

    more advanced than Koufos and Koufos showed everyone last year he could play in the NBA even without experience.

    The big question is which one can play PF better? Koufos or Suton? They will push each other.

  • King HaroldBlueTooth
    June 26, 2009 1:35 p.m.

    Can you really compare this guy to Heidtvelt from Gonzaga? I'm shocked by this guy being picked above the Gonzaga biggie.

  • Ned
    June 26, 2009 12:23 p.m.

    Two words come to mind. Stiff, and stiff.

  • Dave
    June 26, 2009 11:11 a.m.

    As a Michigan State grad and Pistons fan, I would favorably compare Suton to a young Mehmet Okur. He has all the same tools and work ethic, he just needs to develop a little more. The Jazz got a steal.

  • Rich
    June 26, 2009 10:18 a.m.

    Congrats to the Jazz for picking a winner who has a good attitude. Actually, the most glaring deficiency of the Jazz is its defensive presence in the post. Okur is OK and actually defends big centers extremely well, but when he is up against a quicker post player, he needs help -- as do most centers in the league. Unfortunately, he seldom gets help from our power forward, who constantly reminds me of a deer in the headlights when he must make a decision on defense. I'm hoping that Boozer opts out this year so that the Jazz can start developing some of their other big guys. Utah has some great potential in Fez and Koufos as well as their draft picks who are picking up experience in Europe. I would rather have a 15 and eight guy who can play defense over a 20 and 10 Boozer who would have made a fine matador.

  • Dude!!!!!
    June 26, 2009 9:02 a.m.

    This pick is way better than their first round, Suton helped Michigan State get to where they did in the tournament-way to go Kevin O'connor :{

  • Go watch some of his You Tube
    June 26, 2009 8:49 a.m.

    He runs okay but he can be pretty quick for a big in his first couple of steps. He actually plays defense and bangs. He is coached well. He shoots outside well. He probably can play PF but may take a couple of years to get good. Trading up for Gibson or Pendergraph were the other most obvious options.

    Summer league will determine if he can handle the faster NBA pace. I suspect that he will do okay there and make the team, unless they need to save a mill to avoid the Lux tax.

    He has as much potential as Millsap. He needs to improve his vert, moves and footwork around the basket. I think he is tall enough and quick enough to shoot from the outside pretty well.