One fan's opinion of how NBA draft will play out

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  • oldschool Farmington, UT
    June 24, 2011 1:39 a.m.

    As a huge fan of Jimmer, I was disappointed he ended up anywhere but Utah. Overall, this is a pretty good mock draft. You did about as well as any of the professionals who were paid to put up mock drafts. Congrats. I didn't think Jimmer would go No. 3 because NBA teams tend to go for bigs all the time. So it wasn't surprising that a bunch of bigs went before the second point guard in the draft. I thought it was ironic that Kemba and Jimmer went right next to each other. I also thought it was a great moment when the Morris twins went back to back and realized they would be separated for the first time since birth. I'm sure Marcus wasn't crying because his brother went first.

  • Not So Fast Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2011 1:15 a.m.

    Nobody in the NBA (you know, the people that watch basketball and watched every player and make their living evaluating talent) thought Fredette should be the third pick. NObody. So fans (who haven't seen most of the other players and sure haven't interview them or worked them out or talked to past coaches and associates) think they watched enough BYU games to evaluate not Fredette's college career but his NBA-talent projection as well.

    It is both completely beyond comprehension and completely absurd. In fact, it shocks me and then makes me laugh. All those saying these things about James F. are emotionally invested in the player and not basing your conclusions on any real evaluation.

    Folks, we aren't experts. Actually, all of us are as much expects as the writer. I couldn't read far. Lost me with: "Everything the experts are proposing is unfounded and a complete shot in the dark." Actually, it is founded on research and watching film and evaluation tools and statistics and past success or failure. A failed vanity piece.

  • Axe-man OREM, UT
    June 23, 2011 4:38 p.m.

    I've never understood people impressed with Kemba. He was good, but no WAY he's better than Jimmer. If Kemba played for BYU, after losing Davies, the Cougars would've lost to UNM, Wyoming, TCU and been an 8- or 10-seed. Jeremy Lamb played superior to Kemba for major stretches of the tournament. Kemba had a full team around him.

    Just note: BYU went to overtime against Florida; Florida lost in OT to Butler; Butler beat VCU by 10 but stumbled badly against UConn. If Davies was with the team through the MWC, they may have been a 1- or 2-seed. Against the same opponents, Davies/Jimmer and company definitely beat Florida, Butler, VCU, and maybe UConn. Davies' mistake was THAT big of an impact. (Not to try to add guilt to the kid.) In a parallel universe where that happens, though, would VCU or Florida State make the run they did? Butterfly flaps its wings in Beijing, etc.

    I say with Brandon Davies in, the Cougars' run is extended at least to the Final Four, and Jimmer's stock in the draft is equal to or better than Kemba's.

  • Axe-man OREM, UT
    June 23, 2011 4:12 p.m.

    How old is Brady, 15? "Looking through that chart at pick 12, not one name is familiar to me." Anyone from Utah should know Kelly Tripucka or Michael Doleac. Additional #12s include Muggsy Bogues or Mookie Blaylock. Not superstars, but respectable NBA talent.

    I agree on Kyrie Irving - he's not Kobe or Garnett, 2 players taken outta high school. I don't like Brandon Knight @3, but I don't think Jimmer should go that high. Utes may hate him, Cougars will expect too much, and hopes will be too high. I hope he's available @12, because I think he'll surprise people by his work ethic and development. Malone lasted till #13, and Jazz fans booed when Utah picked a skinny kid from Gonzaga @16. I think Jimmer's work ethic is like Stock's. As a BYU, Jazz, and Jimmer fan, I think the best of all worlds is Jimmer going to Phoenix, learning from Nash for 2-3 years, Jimmering Utah 4X a year from 30 feet, and then coming to Utah in a trade in 2015.

    But lots of fans will complain if he slips past Utah to Phoenix @13. That's what KOC gets paid for.

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    June 23, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    i don't think jimmer to cleveland at #1 is all that outrageous---unlikely but not impossible---

    i do not agree that the 12 position is unlucky either---there have been some good players taken there that have exceeded the nba life average---muggsy bogues is one---

    i really expect jimmer to go to golden state who may try to trade up for him---

  • BlameItOnTheOfficials Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 23, 2011 3:37 p.m.

    So many locals (ute fans) don't understand the talent that was playing in their own backyard while Jimmer was here. They will want KOC's head if the Jazz call Jimmer's name at #3. But I agree, he didn't became the best in college Bball without skills and ability. He proved it through the entire season.

    I hope the Jazz and KOC have the guts to do whats right tonight. This is their chance to pull off an amazing pick that is flying under the radar of every other NBA team.

  • Skippy West Jordan, UT
    June 23, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    I agree with your comments about Kyrie Irving. Why would anyone pick that guy number one? That's a huge risk! You lost me with your Jimmer pick as well.

  • landonhemsley Logan, UT
    June 23, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    As soon as you said Jimmer at 3, you lost me. There's no way he goes that high. Indeed, I hope you enjoyed your guest writing.

  • Fahrvergnugen Provo, UT
    June 23, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    Wow. Jimmer at 3? Are you kidding me? I'm a huge fan of the guy, but at most, if the Jazz want him they should trade up their second pick, not take him at 3.

  • TheFitz Murray, UT
    June 23, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    If we get Jimmer @ 3 Kevin OConnor should be fired. Plain and simple. Jimmer will likely be available at 12, and could even fall down to PHX @ 13, or even Indiana or New York. In my opinion the best PG option in the draft is Kemba Walker. I'm blown away at the lack of respect for this kid, especially after what he did in the Big East and NCAA tournaments...

  • ChuloDO Tucson, AZ
    June 23, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    Your waning credibility fully dissipated when you predicted (or recommended) Jimmer going as Utah's #3 pick. Hope you had fun as a guest writer.

  • MGB Saint George, UT
    June 23, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    This is the best analysis I have seen for the 2011 draft based on evaluating total talent and need. There is more to talent that what meets the eye. Dallas over Miami - character and heart over talent and ego.

  • ST Layton, UT
    June 23, 2011 10:50 a.m.

    Jimmer number 3 for Utah ... you are crazy and making a stab in the dark - lets hope not!

  • MGB Saint George, UT
    June 23, 2011 10:30 a.m.

    I could not agree more with his assesment of Jimmer at #3. He is the best point guard in the draft. You do not become the NCAA POY with just scoreing alone.