Brad Rock: Jazz get a Kobe ... or a chance at one

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  • Brio Alpine, UT
    June 27, 2014 11:42 a.m.

    There is never a guarantee no matter who would've been chosen. Not even concerning Wiggins or Parker. And nearly whichever choice would've had detractors. But this guy was universally considered a very high lottery pick by literally all experts... of which none of those commenting here online can claim to be.

    If you are a legitimate Jazz fan, spend some time and watch some of the online highlight videos of this guy. He can flat-out play! Once you get better informed and more knowledgeable of him, you will then become more excited like the rest of us already are. He seems to be the real deal.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    June 27, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    Don't get so down because Exum can shoot right now. A lot of players this young come into the NBA as marginal shooters, but they can improve with time. The main thing right now is I think from what I've heard that he can make other players better with his ability to drive and kick, and score in the paint. He sounds like an Alec Burks player but with better ball handling skills. I personally believe Burks is the best player on the team right now in spite of Corbin and adding an improved model sounds pretty good to me. Also remember, this is phase 1 of the off season. The Jazz have a ton of cap space to go out and ad some free agents before next season. I predict the Jazz still don't make the playoffs this year because the West is so good, but the Jazz are getting better and will be rising up from the bottom.

  • Idahotransplant West Jordan, UT
    June 27, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    These negative comments do not help.......This kid was not just evaluated by the Jazz and the majority of basketball experts had him going at 3 in the draft.....

  • Alpiner Alpine, UT
    June 27, 2014 9:41 a.m.

    Jazz get a Kobe, except he can't shoot. Really? Why the comparison then.

  • nhatch82 Eagle Mountain, UT
    June 27, 2014 9:30 a.m.


    Bizarre pick? I don't know if I would go that far. There is no doubting his athletic abilities. those facts are known, and his abilities are legit. the only question is how long it takes him to adapt to NBA play. He absolutely dismantled players in this draft at the U-19 competition. I am not saying he will be a superstar from day one. Kobe had two sweet airballs in the playoffs against the jazz before becoming one of the most dominant players to play the game. This kid has everything needed to become a star and adds much needed athleticism. I don't think any of the power forwards available at 5 would be much of an upgrade from favors so this is by far the best situation we could have asked for. I think despite the rumors there was slim to no chance of trading up to get wiggins or parker. well done dennis!

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    June 27, 2014 8:09 a.m.

    Still won't win....even against my pitiful Lakers.

  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    June 27, 2014 7:50 a.m.

    This draft is a gamble, and I am happy with it. There were a lot of safe picks they could have made, but this was a "swing for the fence" sort of pick. I really hope this kid becomes our star.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    June 27, 2014 7:16 a.m.

    To say the least, this is a very bizarre pick. I don't think that enough is known about this athlete one way or the other. It does appear to say that the Jazz bigs are staying in town. I do like the pick of Rodney Hood.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    June 26, 2014 11:31 p.m.

    I can't wait to see how he does in the summer league, hope he makes us smile!!!!!

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    June 26, 2014 10:50 p.m.

    We shouldn't expect the Jazz to say anything less and sell the heck out of the kid. It's a huge step up from Australian, youth, ward ball to the NBA. The Jazz may have to do a better job of tanking next year if they want to move up in the draft. Welcome to Sodium Pond Dante and may you bring us to the promised land.