Deseret News writer Mike Sorensen's mock 2014 NBA draft: Jazz will select Dante Exum with 5th pick

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  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    June 26, 2014 12:18 p.m.

    Pipe Dream. Exum will be gone by the 3rd pick. Aaron Gordon is as good as it gets at the #5 pick. Which is fine by me as the Jazz need someone who can actually guard beyond 5 feet from the basket. Burkes and Hayward can not stop anyone on the perimeter. They count on Favors to bail them out time and time again. Or they over-rotate and give up wide-open 3's. Gordon can lock down the better players in the league and brings it the entire game. He is a better shooter than he is given credit for.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    June 25, 2014 11:25 p.m.

    I like Sorensen's analysis. He makes a lot of good points. It wouldn't surprise me to see things fall exactly as he has listed them, at least up through 7th or 8th pick.

    As for the potential Jazz trades I've been hearing about. I say let's stay put at 5 and let the chips fall where they may.

    Sometimes the best move you can make is not to make one.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    June 25, 2014 10:59 p.m.

    Most analysts have Orlando taking Exum with the 4th pick because they really want a point guard so I don't think the Jazz will get a shot at him. If so, that's great. I also don't think Embiid will be available with the 5th pick but I for one would be thrilled. The Jazz are not in need of win right now philosophy because they are a few years from making the playoffs. For that reason why not take the best player out there and get him fixed up and healed this year. While it is possible that he may be another Oden I still think it worth a shot. Any of you not wanting Embiid, have you seen him play? This guy is the real deal and might not only be an all star, this guy has super star potential. It's worth a shot. If your a veteran team and need to win now before your players retire I could see not taking Embiid, but the Jazz are not in that position.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    June 25, 2014 10:41 p.m.

    My reaction is that I hope you're right. Dante Exum looks like the best fit for the Jazz right now. I would be surprised to see him fall to number 5, but certainly not disappointed. Real question is what does Utah do if Joel Embiid is available at #5. Of course all of this will prove to be academic if Utah trades their pick. That seems to be Dennis' style.

    Interesting analysis. Should be interesting.