Jazz, Warriors have much at stake in draft lottery

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  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    June 2, 2012 9:44 p.m.

    Big Al has trade value, I say trade him and Harris for team needs. (Shooters and a point guard that really plays like a point guard.)

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    June 1, 2012 10:51 p.m.

    @Kakashi, I totally agree with you, the Jazz offense was much more in sync in the games Jefferson missed, and if I remember correctly we won all those games. People rely way to much on numbers players put on the stats sheet which fail to take into account things such as opposing centers having career nights when he's guarding them (including Kosta Koufas)

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    May 30, 2012 6:57 p.m.

    @Dustin and @Utah Jazz fan Chris\

    Al Jefferson is lead footed on Defense and is a constant liability...Stats dont translate to wins...therefore Al Jefferson's Stats costs the productivity of the entire team while the offense stagnates on him...Coach does not have plays for the wings...and could not abuse the talent and potential each individual player has...I would definitely trade Al Jefferson and Devin Harris...and would rather see Derrick Favors starting than Al Jefferson...Yes Favors is raw...and that's why you should give him minutes...if makes a mistake...point it out during film...and hit the courts and practice to improve on your mistakes...if you cant play...you dont really have much game film other than what you do in practice...analyzing your mistakes and working hard to improve them...would at least hasten his development...i dont know how you watch basketball...but sometimes...watch without following the ball...if you want to assess Al Jefferson's worth...watch an entire game...just watching him...you'll cringe everytime they go on D...

  • Utah Jazz fan Chris Clearfield, UT
    May 30, 2012 5:38 p.m.


    I AGREE with you dude. Theses "fans" need to be quiet because a post player like Jefferson is one of a kind and he has the best post moves of any big men which can be a great asset these days because there a so many raw big men these days.

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    May 30, 2012 2:31 p.m.

    G.S. is a first class bunch of quitting losers and deserve to stay in the toilet in this league by what they did at seasons end. We will get what we need sooner by trades, free agency, and the trade exception than drafting more youngsters! Big Al, C.J. Watson, Bell, and possibily Harris via trade need new addresses. What concerns me is I hope Corbin is intensely watching the remaining teams in the playoffs and will implement some offense and defensive schemes they are all using instead of the dead in he water system we have had here for 20 plus years! I'm quite sure that we also need changes at the coaching level as well as our roster!

  • bcandersen Pleasant Grove, UT
    May 30, 2012 1:39 p.m.

    I believe there are two options. And tonight at 6:00 PM will determine which is our best option. Damian Lillard as our PG would be great for a couple of reasons.First is his versatility and the talent that he would bring to the Jazz to compete at his position in the Western Conference.Second, is that he already has loyalty to Utah which would have a stronger influence on him NOT to try to move to a bigger market team. He also has leadership qualities with his High School team, and the Weber State Wildcats.

    If that does not fall for us tonight, some movement on the trade-block will be necessary. Jefferson is arguably (and I would stand by him) the BEST center Utah has ever had. However, there are SO many teams out there with quality guards with leadership skills but are in need of BIG men. This would also free up some room for Favors and Kanter to play. Harris is a good player. But will not be anything more than that. He would be a great asset off the bench somewhere. But we need a point guard to operate and distribute.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    May 30, 2012 11:26 a.m.

    Cheaters never prosper! If there is any justice in the world, we will ger the pick!

  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    May 30, 2012 10:29 a.m.

    Here come all the negative comments. I hate seeing these so-called "fans" who have nothing good to say about their team.
    FACT: Every team has embarrassing moments in their draft history. The Jazz are not the only team who passed on Tony Parker.
    FACT: Al Jefferson is our #1 scoring option, and one of the best post players in the league. He improved almost every aspect of his game this season from last season, even his number of assists.
    FACT: Kevin O'Connor is responsible for making some great moves over the last few years. Not sure why people still have no faith in him.
    FACT: The Thunder had amazing luck in the draft for 3 years in a row: 2nd pick (Durant), 4th pick (Westbrook), and 3rd pick (Harden). I am positive Utah would be looking a lot better if we had that kind of luck in the lottery.

    Our #1 need is leadership on the basketball court. As much as some disliked Williams, he provided leadership that is hard to find. Lowry and Dragic are excellent players, but not leaders. I would take Deron back in a heartbeat.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    May 30, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    First of all, congratulations to the Golden State Warriors for making a mockery out of the NBA and the NBA draft lottery for tanking the second half of the season. Just when they weren't falling fast enough, they even shelved David Lee with a faux injury.

    Golden State has grown accustomed to getting something for nothing. They may as well get to keep this year's pick, so they can squander it away, like all their other lottery picks, so they can turn their focus on fighting to keep their top six pick next year as well.

    Stay classy, Oakland. lol

  • COOL HAND LUKE Watching, UT
    May 30, 2012 9:07 a.m.

    What this team needs is a spark plug! A distributor, who can create his own shot and make team mates around him better.

    Oh what could have been. Remember when the Jazz passed on Tony Parker for Raul Lopez? Hmmmmm

    "IF" we can get a 1st rounder this year, maybe make a play for Lillard, Rivers, or Marshal…….

    Free agency, Dragic or Lowery would be my main focus. I don't think Nash can be wooed.

    Although trading Big Al and C.J. for a draft pick and a pure shooter. We need one! WE NEED A LUCKY PING PONG BALL!

  • dbrbmw Orem, UT
    May 30, 2012 7:59 a.m.

    Al, Bell, CJ, for Jimmer!

  • dbrbmw Orem, UT
    May 30, 2012 7:57 a.m.

    Doesn't really matter. The Jazz wouldn't pick what would help them anyway. Why should they change now?

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    May 29, 2012 11:51 p.m.

    re:dumprake "...greatest need right now?"

    To get rid of the offense-stagnating, ball holding, shot forcing Al Jefferson.

    If you have watched any post season playoff games you will notice that no other team has a player catch the ball and stand still while holding sometimes for literally up to 9 seconds without anyone else touching it...THEN after the defense is rested and set THEN he forces the shot up through a double and triple team!

    Truth be told though there is nobody in this draft at 8 that is going to have any significant impact on our team for 3-5 tears if at all.

    Rudy Gay is the only #8 pick in the last 10 years that is even a starter. Hate to burst your bubble people. We have a ton of youth and we ought to trade some veterans to get the remaining future positions/roles established.

    Then you wait to see if it works.

    Look at how long it has taken OKC and then have 2 top players with a close third.

    This is going to take years and alot of patience to really see what we have with this group.

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    May 29, 2012 11:08 p.m.

    But no speculation about just what the jazz would be looking for? or who? what is the greatest need on this team right now?