Mike Sorensen: Utah Jazz need to find a top shooter in upcoming NBA draft

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  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    June 9, 2014 10:03 p.m.

    i do not doubt Aaron Gordon's potential...but the last time a guy that killed the combine...Joe Alexander...is no where to be seen....as long as they could do something with Gordon's free throw percentage which is at least 40%...then i think we could get our hustle defender...however...you dont draft a guy at the 5 just to see him come off the bench....he is undersized for a PF...so i'd rather see us move down...get the needs...and we really need stauskas to space the floor...since everyone wants burks...we should get rid of Hayward...sign and trade him...for a few picks...and get Stauskas...

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    June 9, 2014 5:07 p.m.

    I don't believe Snyder will be calling the shots when the Jazz are drafting. He will have the chance to voice his ideas but you better believe that Dennis Lindsey is the man in charge. This is why the Jazz didn't go after some "big name" coach that would want to run the show. Snyder will be the floor general but he will be in charge of coaching the team that Lindsey sets him up with.

  • General Alpine, UT
    June 9, 2014 8:01 a.m.

    I'm not a BYU homer but isn't Jimmer a great shooter? And can't you get him cheap?

  • Alpiner Alpine, UT
    June 9, 2014 8:00 a.m.

    Did they just dust off an article from a few years ago? This is a familiar refrain.

    Too bad we lost Matthews to the Trailblazers.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    June 9, 2014 7:20 a.m.

    I believe that Snyder will evaluate and make the best choice. However, you have to remember the adage for college players that you "recruit the mother". If the Lakers want Randle so bad, why wouldn't the Jazz. I heard him interviewed and he is very articulate. His mother raised a "man child" and he is very hungry. I believe that Malone should be asked. Vonleh doesn't appear to have the "inner fortitude of Randle. I believe that Snyder will evaluate well. This is a young team with now a young coach, at least young looking. Branch Rickey believed in trading a player at his peak to get maximum value. I believe that Hayward unfortunately fits into that category. The Celtics want him with his ex coach. He is not under contract but there is some maneuvering room. I like Kanter with his expiring rookie contract. I do not understand why Favors and kanter were competing for the same position. Whatever the confusion, Snyder will get it done.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    June 8, 2014 9:40 p.m.

    I wont get stauskas at the 5...but im willing to trade down...and get more picks...to get stauskas and other players to fill out the players and have role players...if we keep the 5...i have yet to see game tapes of Aaron Gordon...only if he was a 7 footer and is like Joakhim Noah....then i'd draft him...Vonleh presents a unique skill set of being a stretch 4...with his wingspan he could be a terrific defender...Julius Randle plays bully ball on college...but...can it translate into the NBA?....there is another foreign player at the draft....and plays like Demarcus Cousins....without being the headcase...there's a lot of options at the 5...but...other than the top 3 picks...the rest seem to be on par with each other...Stauskas is a better shooter than Hayward...so im willing...to get Stauskas if we cant get Hayward....if we do get Hayward...i still like having Stauskas...having more depth at the 2/3 spots...since we still have the Gobert project...another big would be nice...someone that has more body...since Gobert and Evans are pretty skinny

  • truth in all its forms henderson, NV
    June 8, 2014 9:29 p.m.

    Its Jimmer time baby!

  • amormonboi Waltham, MA
    June 8, 2014 7:07 p.m.

    Please no. Do not do this. Drafting Randle would increase our shooting percentage. Not from the outside, but it would increase it!! Any of those 4 guys available at 5 would be great. I prefer Vonleh because he actually has shown he can hit outside shots and plays a different type of ball from Favors and Kanter. Gordon might be good too if his shooting touch really has improved or the jazz think it can be improved. Too many good options at 5 too trade down for McDermit or Nik Stauskas. They can find a shooter at #23 like CJ Wilcox. We need to swing for the fences on #5 and try to get a legitimate all-star. Vonleh, Gordon, Randle and perhaps Smart all have that potential. McDermit and Stauskas do not.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    June 8, 2014 6:31 p.m.

    I heard the Jazz got their eyes full of some shooting when CJ Wilcox worked out today.

  • Jazz need a SHOOTER Salt Lake City/USA, UT
    June 8, 2014 6:21 p.m.

    Thank you Mike Sorensen, you hit the nail on the head! Nik Stauskas is the best fit to fill our desperate need for a shooter from both distance and off the dribble. CJ Wilcox would also be a good addition and fill the shooter need at the #23 spot. Gordon Hayward's poor shooting percentages are not worthy of the big $$$ contract he's after, please do not over-pay for his services.

  • EL TAB Orem, UT
    June 8, 2014 6:19 p.m.

    I know of a pretty good "shooter" that might be available. I think his name is "Jimmer"!

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    June 8, 2014 5:09 p.m.

    "That’s because teams at the top can’t afford to pass up the chance to get the next possible Michael Jordan or Kevin Durant . . . No team wants to be known as the Blazers, who passed up perhaps the greatest player of all time and a perennial All-Star whose best days may still be ahead of him."- Mike Sorensen

    How soon we forget. The New Orleans Jazz traded away the 1979 number one pick (which turned out to be Magic Johnson) to acquire Gail Goodrich. The Jazz also gave up the rights to Moses Malone in order to regain one of the three first-round picks used for the Goodrich trade. Johnson and Malone turned into Hall of Famers; Goodrich was plagued with injuries. Probably one of the top three worst transactions ever made in the NBA.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    June 8, 2014 4:55 p.m.

    I bet this is going to be another "draft and trade" saga like it was last year. The players the Jazz drafted last year are not the ones on the roster.