Utah Jazz: Saturday's big workouts include BYU's Brandon Davies, Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk

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  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    June 17, 2013 2:18 p.m.


    I agree with your comment. I even "liked" it. But it isn't just Utah that needs a lot of talent to contend. Any NBA team does. Both teams playing in this year's Finals have their "Big 3". It took Utah to also have a big 3 (Stockton, Malone and Hornacek) in order to get the Finals when they did.

    Having just 2 big-talent players has a hard time cutting it anymore... as Oklahoma found out this year. Without Westbrook, they (Durant) couldn't do much of anything.
    Heck, even with 4 or 5 all-stars on their team, the Lakers couldn't do much this year... barely making the playoffs and then soon exiting.
    There used to be times when an NBA team could make some real noise with just a couple of good all-stars, but that's getting harder and harder to do as times seem to be getting more and more competitive.

    Also, it's not just Utah that big-name players are not prone to come to. It's any small market team. Big names usually have big egos and that usually takes a big market area to stroke them.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    June 15, 2013 10:22 p.m.

    @Morgan Duel

    you are demanding something a bit unreachable for Utah Jazz...first of all...this is one of the least liked teams to go to...even if we have the money...you have to sell Utah to the players to even be here...this is why Lindsey has a much tougher job...he needs to bring a lot of talent for this team to contend...talent that we won't be able to get via superstar free agents...and that is through draft...and signing good serviceable players....the problem now is we need a coach that is great...not a mediocre coach..

  • THE MTN MAN Taylorsville, UT
    June 15, 2013 3:03 p.m.

    Yeah, kind of a weak draft this year. If Ben McLemore and Nerlens Noel are the best players available, that's pretty sad. But this could be the year a ton of second-round guys make an impact in the league. Guys like Ryan Kelly, Brandon Paul, and Nate Wolters are intriguing prospects. And Davies, too, for that matter.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    June 15, 2013 1:32 p.m.

    I am not so sure that Miami is a shoe in for the NBA Championship. It took the big three all showing up big for Miami to win that last game. It is not to say Miami can't win, just that they shouldn't already be planning the victory parade.

    I hope Davies goes to a team that can use a PF with mobility. We shall see. I would rather have him play a minimal role on a team that uses him well than on a team that has 4 players at his position and a coach that can't decide who to play or even get his players to pass the ball.

  • Morgan Duel Taylorsville, UT
    June 15, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    Decisions, decisions, what to do? A no talent draft, no point guard, lots of bigs on a no talent team. Now is the time for Lindsey to step up and show what he was hired for. Miami did it and now they are winning their second championship in a row. Can the Jazz step up? Do they have the money?

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    June 14, 2013 11:36 p.m.

    If Olynyk is available (by some miracle) at 14, I believe the Jazz will take him. If that happens, then Shane Larkin will likely be the pick at 21; since Schroeder will never drop that far and might even be taken in the top ten.

  • BYUteAggie Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2013 6:47 p.m.


    By that logic, Bronson Kaufusi should get drafted above both of them.

    It's all about potential and where they fall in the draft. I don't think anyone would draft Davies over Olynyk, but that doesn't mean no one would draft Davies in the second round.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    June 14, 2013 4:39 p.m.

    Good luck to both of them.

    Since Kelly Olynyk thumped Davies a lot I just don't think Brandon has much of a shot. IMHO