Mike Sorensen: Embiid or not Embiid, that is the question

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  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    June 23, 2014 5:48 p.m.

    im leaning towards drafting Aaron Gordon at the 5...he is a high risk high reward...he could end up a Tyrus Thomas or a Shawn Marion...so key here is development for Aaron Gordon...i know he has the desire to work...so i wont question his work ethic...if in case Gordon is drafted ahead...and Exum is on the board...i would stay away from him...the reason being...he wanted to be a laker even before the draft...so we wont be keeping him for the rest of his career...plus there are too many unknowns...he could be as good as Penny Hardaway...or could be a bust...Noah Vonleh would be my second choice...although i question his desire to play...i sure hope he has competitive fire in him to prove me wrong...last option is to trade down for multiple picks...and target stauskas...or...trade the 5th pick to Orlando...for Vucevic and Nicholson or Harkless and the 12th pick we may need to add a few future second rounders on this one....or add Kanter

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    June 23, 2014 4:56 p.m.

    Part 2:

    On game nights the players would take a chartered jet to Salt Lake just like they do to all their road games. That flight is probably about an hour so not much worse than driving to the arena. Everything thing else for Jazz fans is the same, other than you might not see a player shopping in the mall anymore, if you're into that stuff.

    This requires thinking outside of the box which I believe the Jazz need to do to compete with the big market teams that seem to have all the odds stacked in their favor. I think Lindsey is a bold thinker based on the moves he's made the last couple of years and might not think this is the worst idea he's ever come across. I think the players would like it and potential players might like it, and if it lets us build a better team that can compete for a title I think the fans would like it too.

    Any thoughts?

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    June 23, 2014 4:49 p.m.

    Jazz fans, please take a second and look over my thoughts to improve the Utah Jazz over time. It might be crazy but see what you think. There will be a part 2 so I can get it all in.

    The Plan: move the coaching staff and practice facility to Vegas. The team remains the Utah Jazz and plays all their games in Salt Lake but players would likely find homes or apartments to live in during the season around Vegas. Here is the reasoning: We can't bring in better free agents, or keep our best draft picks after their rookie contracts because the players don't like the snowy cold winters and the limited diversity and night life in Salt Lake. Frankly, if you were in their shoes you would probably feel the same way. In Vegas you have mild winters and a night life 2nd to none in all the country. Also, residents in Nevada don't pay any state tax. Players would be able to keep more of the money they make over careers which can be pretty short. Part 2 to follow:

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    June 23, 2014 10:38 a.m.

    Embiid not only just had substantial foot surgery (that we don't yet know the long-term prognosis of), but also had back surgery within the past 2 years. This should indicate to most objective observers that he could very well be prone to ongoing injuries.

    One of the biggest risks a team could take with a top-5 pick in an exceptionally talented draft is get stuck with a would-be great player who spends most of his time on the bench recovering from his latest injury... while talented players they passed on are tearing it up on NBA courts and contributing substantially. It doesn't matter how talented a player is if he can't play because of injuries.

    On the other hand, Embiid could heal up from his foot surgery and never have another injury in his career... though not likely. In that case, there would be a risk of lost opportunity. Either way the Jazz or any of the other top-5 draft pick teams choose, it will entail above average risk with Embiid, which may or may pan out. Only time will tell.

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    June 23, 2014 9:26 a.m.

    Why would anyone take a kid who had a few good games in an under 19 tournament a year ago?

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    June 23, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    Don't know why the Jazz would take Exum - they have a great PG from last year's draft plus they have a good upcoming guard playing in So America. I believe Imbiid will be gone by the 5 pick. I would pick Randle if he is still there - if not then Vorleh would be my next option, with the other 2 of the three mentioned after that in no particular order. Don't know if I would take Embiid even if he were available at 5. However, if the Jazz could get the 10 or 11 by trading their 23 and 35 and an asset, then I would take a chance on Embiid at 5 and take the best player available at the 10 or 11, whichever they were able to pick up. This draft is going to be very, very interesting. I don't think the Jazz can screw this one up - they have a chance to really get better with this draft.