Utah Jazz likely to consider selecting one of three 6-foot-9 forwards with NBA draft's 5th overall pick

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  • nativej Orem, UT
    May 24, 2014 3:26 p.m.

    Why go big with such a guard and perimeter problem. The Jazz has traded to get the bigs they have and need better guard play and shooters from outside to take the pressure off. Smart would most likely be the pick if sheer athletics is the emphasis, but personally I think a better choice would be McDermott from Creighton. He would be the Kyle Korver of the next Jazz generation and sorely needed as an outside threat. Either that or trade for Jimmer....just kidding!

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    May 23, 2014 9:07 p.m.

    There are several players I like that will be available for the Jazz, it's too bad they probably won't be able to get Parker, his skill set would really help the Jazz, If the Jazz were to decide Kanter and Favors can't coexist and be very good then they should trade Kanter and their pick and move up to get Parker. Like I said earlier, potential wise Gordon is an intriguing player and Saric is also, he at age 20 just won the mvp in the finals, has proven to be a leader and a winner, his passing and other skills along with being 6'10 make him someone to consider.

  • gehelmke Bastrop, TX
    May 22, 2014 7:29 a.m.

    I suppose I must have been the only Jazz fan who wasn't disappointed about being dropped down to #5....In studying the Jazz starters who will return, the only two who won't be returning are Jefferson and Williams....at the two forward positions. Hayward can move to the SF and Burks can start at the SG, which covers that problem....leaving the only uncovered position to be PF.

    From the git-go I have believed the Jazz ought to draft Julius Randle...I think it makes far more sense to draft a guy who is a PF by nature than to draft a center and then try to turn him into a PF like they're doing with Kanter......an experiment which has produced so-so results.

    The true beauty of being #5 is that if for some reason we don't get Randle, there are two other good ones right behind him in Vonleh and Gordon....Some may advocate Smart, but keep away from me any athlete who is so rabbit-eared he gets into altercations with fans.....I also like McDermott, but you can't have everything.

  • AFCoug Colorado Springs, CO
    May 21, 2014 5:52 p.m.

    I like possibly trading down and getting McDermott. He is the great shooter and stretch 4 the Jazz could really use. For a team that can,t shoot he would be a blessing. Play him along Favors for a better d. He could be the inside out the Jazz have been missing since Okur left. I believe a McDermott Favors dou might be more lethal than Boozer/ Okur were.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    May 21, 2014 4:57 p.m.

    Outside the top 3...Embiid Parker Wiggins...everyone is basically the same....i'd rather trade down....get Stauskas...and get Jusuf Nurkic...to be honest i really dont like trey burke...i think in this draft class the PG position is better...i'd rather see what bogdan bogdanovic has...rather than trey burke

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    May 21, 2014 3:50 p.m.

    We need perimeter scoring and Vonleh appears to at least have on outside shot to develop. A stretch 4 with a body like that could be very useful. The other BIGs are still good athletes but almost exclusively inside players. What are they going to do with limited minutes behind Favors and Kanter?

    I would take Smart too. Trey Burke is too small. Marcus Smart could turn into a beast at PG a la Russell Westbrook. Hopefully he has more brains than Westbrook though. That guy is freakishly good going the basket 5 plays in a row then suddenly the next 4 possessions he comes down the floor and dribbles out the shot clock and jacks up a bad shot or throws it away. I pity Scott Brooks trying to coach that egomaniac.

    There are some decent players left at 5 I think and it is possible one of them becomes a star too given some of their athletic ability ie. Gordon.

    Get to work Lindsey.

  • Jon4jazz Orem, UT
    May 21, 2014 2:39 p.m.

    I hope the Jazz have learned their lesson about undersized power forwards. (See Boozer, Millsap) They were good players, and helped the Jazz get to the playoffs, but they could not hang with the taller, elite power forwards. Kanter and Favors have more size, and have great potential. I think the glaring need right now is shooting.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    May 21, 2014 1:00 p.m.

    What about the Jazz trading *down* and grabbing Doug McDermott? If you need a shooter, and a forward, he is certainly the best of the bunch; especially if you think Hayward is going to bail. With that trade you could wind up getting another early second round pick in what many are considering to be a very deep draft.

    I do like Vonleh though, over Randle and Gordon. I think he would fit the Jazz, and the city, well. Marcus Smart is a great player and would have been an obvious choice, I think---despite that fan altercation, had the Jazz not taken Burke last season.

  • jzzlvr Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    In my uneducated opinion, Randle is a better pick than Volneh or Gordon. However, for the Jazz team, Randle might not play well with Kanter or Favors since they all 3 play in the post pretty exclusively. Volneh actually has a pretty nice outside shot and might not clog up the paint. If the Jazz pick Randle, they will most likely get rid of Kanter. If they want to keep Kanter, they'll probably pick Volneh. If they pick Gordon they'll probably not resign Hayward (or do a sign and trade)

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    May 21, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    The game has changed to more of an outside game and Randle is pure inside (left handed only) and Gordon is great on defense but can't shoot as demonstrated against UCLA. That leaves Vonleh who might develop into a great one. We don't need shooting guards but more small forwards, like Early and maybe the kid from Stanford in round 2.

  • DCJ Washington, DC
    May 21, 2014 10:22 a.m.

    Jazz are in exactly the wrong place. I doubt they can trade up for Wiggins or Parker, and it's not worth trading up for the others. The Jazz need some instant offense, shooting, and defensive help. They don't need another big unless it's a stretch-4 who can shoot (maybe Vonleh?). Gordon will be a great player for a team where everybody else shoots above 40% (not the Jazz). Randle is Elton Brand 2.0. I might trade down to get Harris who can shoot and defend, and try to accumulate future picks for a better shot at an impact player in a lottery draft.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    May 21, 2014 9:17 a.m.

    Personally, I like Randle. He came on strong in the NCAAs and carried Kentucky to the final. I have seen an evaluation where he was described as a one dimension player who only knows how to "bully". Duh! He dominated inside. Gordon looks like a very good all around player. He would fill a Hayward role. I agree with a comment that Randle could be another Karl Malone and since the Jazz have the real one, it should be considered strongly taking him and having Malone work with him. Actually, you can't teach aggression. California Chrome has proven that so far. I have heard Randle interviewed. I was surprised that a one year Kentucky player could be articulate. He is also left handed and I believe that the Jazz could use a left handed player in the rebounding triangle. The Jazz should run a background check on Randle and if he can be developed according to Malone, then he is the choice. If not, it should be Gordon. It also might depend on whether Hayward stays and that is another story.

  • LVJazzFan Glendale, AZ
    May 20, 2014 11:46 p.m.

    You can never go wrong with the best player on a Kentucky team. Julius Randle may be the next Malone.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    May 20, 2014 9:30 p.m.

    I'll probably change my mind many time before the draft but as of now I think I'd like to take a chance on Gordan, his is so athletic, a good defender, good rebounder, handles the ball well for his size , his shooting is a major concern but I think he can develop that and be special.