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Paul George to the Jazz at #9

Paul George has as much upside as any forward in the draft. Here's why the Jazz should draft him.

1. The Jazz lack size and talent at SG and SF with 6-5 Wesley Matthews and 6-6 CJ Miles. I'm sorry, but those guys would be bench players on any other team. You don't win anything in this league with such subpar talents at the wing positions.

2. The Jazz would be making a HUGE mistake by drafting a raw project C in the lottery. Drafting a project C who'd average 5 minutes per game would keep the Jazz in the same boat they're in right now. Look at Hasheem Thabeet on Memphis. He entered the league a better prospect than any C in this year's draft... and look at him now.

3. The Jazz would be making a mistake by drafting a PF in the lottery. Yes, a mistake. Drafting a rookie PF who can't match Boozer's numbers (19ppg 11rpg) would be a downgrade at that spot putting the Jazz in a worse position than they are right now. Can a rookie PF in this year's draft average 19ppg and 11rpg like Boozer? Don't think so. Therefore, re-signing Boozer is a must.

If the Jazz are smart, they'll draft the highly skilled 6-9 SF Paul George who would give them more size and athleticism on the wing and an all-star level talent. His upside is tremendous.

2010-2011 Utah Jazz

SF: Paul George 6-9, Andrei Kirilenko 6-9, CJ Miles 6-6
PF: Carlos Boozer 6-9, Paul Millsap 6-8, Andrei Kirilenko 6-9
C: Mehmet Okur 6-11, Kosta Koufos 7-0, Hamady N'Diaye 7-0
SG: Wesley Matthews 6-5, CJ Miles 6-6
PG: Deron Williams 6-3, Ronnie Price 6-1

Paul George to the Jazz at #9 would be a perfect fit and the perfect talent upgrade for the Jazz. You need stars to win in the NBA and George has the talent to become an NBA all-star one day.

At #55 the Jazz can draft 7-0 Hamady N'Diaye who's a project but a shot-blocking specialist. Leave the projects for the second round, Jazz fans.


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HA

Paul George starting over AK? HA

That's all I have to say.

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Interesting.

1. Size is somewhat of an issue at the wing positions. Kirilenko actually played fairly well at small forward this year and he's 6'9.

2. This is also a good point, but I think there were more question marks about Thabeet going into the draft than there were about a guy like Cole Aldrich. Whiteside, though does have some of those question marks.

3. While it's not guaranteed that Boozer will leave, I think the Jazz already have his replacement - Paul Millsap. Any PF the Jazz draft will be coming off the bench and not looked at to be the go to guy. I also wouldn't be surprised if Kosta Koufos got some more minutes at power forward if Boozer left. Several teams expressed interest in him at the trade deadline, but the Jazz held on to him. Must have been a reason.

All that being said, I am very high on George. I think drafting a big is the biggest need, but I would not be disappointed if the Jazz got George. The problem is, they have a fairly solid wing rotation (Korver wants to come back) and Utah is not the biggest draw for free agents, despite being a solid team for some time now.

I'm glad to see someone else is higher on George than Hayward for the Jazz. (Don't get me wrong, I love Hayward. I just think George is more what the Jazz need if they are going to select a small forward.)

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Im gonna smack the next

Im gonna smack the next person who critisizes Hasheem Thabeet

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You should get a centre, like

You should get a centre, like Hassan Whiteside

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Cyclo...

Matthews is already our starting two-guard of the future (assuming we can resign him). You can bank on that. The coaching staff and the entire organization LOVE him. Sloan, the Milllers, his teammates all adore him. So do all off the Jazz fans at the arena, and those I correspond with online. Your about the only person on the planet who isn't high on the kid. Even Kobe Bryant said he was going to be a very good player in his post game remarks after Game 4 of the Laker series. Matthews almost single handedly won us Game 6 of the Denver series. I really like Miles also. He's much improved from the year before. There both extremely young players...what the hell do you want...all-stars overnight?? You throw in AK and possibly Korver again, and why in the world do we need another small forward?? That's not going to help us beat the teams with bigger frontlines.

I think Boozer will end up signing somewhere else (just my gut feeling), and with Memo and his injury situation, we definitely need to go big. I haven't seen any mock draft that considers George a top ten pick. Most have him going mid-teens at best.

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Note I have Wesley Matthews as the Jazz starting SG next season. An undrafted free agent, he's still a bench player on any other team.

You can't count on Wesley Matthews taking over a game -- he doesn't have that kind of talent, which means the Jazz need a star, preferrably an all-star level talent, at the other wing position SF. Paul George has the skills, talent, bball IQ and athleticism to be that star.

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George should be the Jazz' man

Whiteside is a project with a few red flags and a dubious IQ on and off the court. A horrible student, he was apparently in the process of flunking out of school when he declared. Aldrich will be nothing but a role player in the NBA.

The 6-9 SF Paul George gives the Jazz an athletic shooter and 3-point marksman with the talent to average over 20 points per game in the NBA while filling the stat sheet in other areas like steals, assists etc. He's a 90% free throw shooter which is almost unheard of in college.

I see George as a cross between Glen Rice and Trevor Ariza. Some see Danny Granger.

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Utah should call Washington

Utah should call Washington and offer

9th pick and C.J. Miles for Javale McGee, 30th pick and 35th pick.

Call me crazy, The Jazz have the MLE and they will have some the ability to S&T Boozer for more money. Utah could just take Cole Adrich and be done with it OR

Utah could move down, add some more picks and add more players. If Utah would do this, I would add Jerome Jordan at 30 and maybe Craig Brackins at 35 and now you have a couple 6-10 guys who can help defend L.A. Bigs. With Boozer wanting some cash and the MLE, you can go and add another SG/SF to defend.

Joe Alexander would be a great fit as a defender, shooter player.

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That is the worst trade idea

"Utah should call Washington and offer

9th pick and C.J. Miles for Javale McGee, 30th pick and 35th pick.

Call me crazy, The Jazz have the MLE and they will have some the ability to S&T Boozer for more money. Utah could just take Cole Adrich and be done with it OR

Utah could move down, add some more picks and add more players. If Utah would do this, I would add Jerome Jordan at 30 and maybe Craig Brackins at 35 and now you have a couple 6-10 guys who can help defend L.A. Bigs. With Boozer wanting some cash and the MLE, you can go and add another SG/SF to defend.

Joe Alexander would be a great fit as a defender, shooter player."

That is the worst trade idea ever. McGee is a loser who's worse than CJ Miles. Alexander has the lowest BBIQ ever and could never play in the Jazz's system.

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They are fine with Wes and AK

It shows after they gave away Brewer, also they need bigs since Okur is meh, booz may be gone and millsap cant take everyone on his own

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Agreed. I would be shocked if

Agreed. I would be shocked if Utah takes a wing after losing to LA for 3 seasons.

Utah should do my deal lol

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yes the Jazz need a wing

yes the Jazz need a wing player and i think they will draft one, Paul George is posibility but also Henry!

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AK 47

This works.... I see AK 47 getting shipped out to play for his old boss and new owner of the Nets. Mikhail Prokhorov wants to build an INTERNATIONAL powerhouse in the Nets. AK 47 was/ is one of his all time favorites and I think Utah would be ok to unload his contract to build and even better nucleus of what they had last year.

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But then why draft George? I

But then why draft George?

I say use the some of the MLE on someone like Josh Howard, Al Thornton, Rasual Butler. The Jazz' issue is not wings- They cannot beat L.A. Downlow.

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CJ Miles averaged 15-4-4 in

CJ Miles averaged 15-4-4 in the playoffs against elite small forwards.

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Has you seen McGee play? Your

Has you seen McGee play? Your sounding like a idiot.

You wanna have another 6-9 Forward Utah? Good Luck. You will never make it past L.A

Plus on the low BBIQ, players can develop- If Utah picked Alexander up, there not asking him to be Eisenstein. They're saying "play defense and help work down low on offense and defense"

Sloan could help Alexander.

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Cyclo, I know what you mean

Cyclo, I know what you mean but stop criticizing what the Jazz do and watch them play. They are awesome. Sloan is not stupid, he knows what he is doing and he is starting them for a reason. Matthews does not need to take over the game. Williams and Booz already do that. Millsap is already the replacement for Booz so any big we draft will play back up to Millsap. He will not start right away. Of course they are not going to have Booz's numbers in their rookie season but who expects them too. They will play back up. I dont want Koufus backing up Millsap, heck I dont even want to see him in a Jazz uniform. I do agree with you that we need a 3 but not at the 9th pick unless we know for sure we can resign Booz. And we will never be sure of that until it happens...if it happens. I am open to trading our pick for more picks so we can get both needs fulfilled. There are 4 possible lottery big men that the Jazz could pick and all would help us right away. This chance does not come too often. I say take it while we have the chance. Those 4 big men are in order Udoh, Monroe, Davis, and Patterson.

@Knicksboy32 30 is too low for us. We need a higher pick. Maybe a mid first rounder. And if possible we keep our lottery pick. How about Miles for mid first round pick. Any team that has a mid first pick are you interested in Miles? (15-25) Doing this allows we can fill up both needs (4 and a 3) Korver can be used more often as the backup to Matthews this way and I believe we would have more money to resign Booz if necessary.

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30th and 35th? I think that's

30th and 35th? I think that's not bad plus your getting another big who can learn from Sloan.

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Boozer must be re-signed

If the Jazz simply replace Boozer (19ppg 11rpg) with a rookie PF at #9, the Jazz will have effectively downgraded.

Downgrading doesn't make sense and certainly won't improve the Jazz.

What else doesn't make sense? Drafting a raw project C like Hassan Whiteside whose IQ is low on and off the court and would average 5 minutes a game. That won't help. Nor would drafting an undersized, unathletic 6-10 C like Cole Aldrich whose max vertical is 28 inches. That won't help either.

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Bulls

He's their guy. Look for the Bulls to trade-up (#10 Indiana).

Utah needs a BIG, not another SF.

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Utah already has better bigs than Phoenix

Utah already has quality bigs when healthy (6-9 Boozer, 6-11 Okur, 6-8 Millsap, 7-0 Koufos, 6-9 Kirilenko). Collectively, Utah has better bigs than Phoenix has!

Utah's starting SF is 6-6 CJ Miles. That's what you call a BACKUP SF.

6-9 SF Paul George is the man for Utah at #9.

Check him out, Jazz fans.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERcmFdlrrXY

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He reminds me of Antwaan

He reminds me of Antwaan Jamison because of his akwardness/craftiness

Is that really what Utah needs an Akward Crafty Small PF and big SF who can score

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Smooth SF

I see George as a cross between Glen Rice and Trevor Ariza (Rice's shooting, Ariza's defense and mobility).

Some think Danny Granger is a good comparison.

George handles and passes well at 6-9.

His 3.0 assists per game is excellent. He's one of the best passing forwards in college basketball.

His 2.2 steals per game ranks near the top among college forwards.

His incredible 90% from the line at the college level for a forward is unheard of.

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I like george

I like george and he looks like he could be the real steal of the draft. But we do need better size. I think fees and cost suck. Last year cost showed some sparks of being descent while boozer was hurt, but this year I saw nothing. He didn't even hustle. We need to get rid of him and fees and get a legit backup big for okur. Especially with milsap undersized...

Kirlanko plays best at the 4 but I suspect he is going to be injury prone the rest of his career. Okur could be here too. I know we should try and get booz back but what if we can't? Unless we can get turner Or wall, the two positions we don't draft are pg and sg. After that, I think we have needs at the 3, 4, and 5 so lets just get the best player of those three available and do trades or free agents for the rest...

I think there are some real good players to draft here. Personally I'll be happy if we get any of the following (in this realistic order)
Monroe,
Aminu,
Aldrich
Patterson
George
Hayward
Whiteside
Udoh
Orton

I'd also be good with trading down if that helps us meet our needs and still get one of these players.

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I like george

I like george and he looks like he could be the real steal of the draft. But we do need better size. I think fees and cost suck. Last year cost showed some sparks of being descent while boozer was hurt, but this year I saw nothing. He didn't even hustle. We need to get rid of him and fees and get a legit backup big for okur. Especially with milsap undersized...

Kirlanko plays best at the 4 but I suspect he is going to be injury prone the rest of his career. Okur could be here too. I know we should try and get booz back but what if we can't? Unless we can get turner Or wall, the two positions we don't draft are pg and sg. After that, I think we have needs at the 3, 4, and 5 so lets just get the best player of those three available and do trades or free agents for the rest...

I think there are some real good players to draft here. Personally I'll be happy if we get any of the following (in this realistic order)
Monroe,
Aminu,
Aldrich
Patterson
George
Hayward
Whiteside
Udoh
Orton

I'd also be good with trading down if that helps us meet our needs and still get one of these players.

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I think it's unlikely Boozer

I think it's unlikely Boozer resigns in Utah...my guess is they let Boozer walk and let Millsap take over at PF.

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Boozer said the grass may not be greener

I think Boozer may re-sign with the Jazz. Teams don't want to risk a repeat of the Elton Brand fiasco in Philly.

If Boozer re-signs, the Jazz will have Boozer, Millsap and Kirilenko on the PF depth chart. So really no need for a new PF.

At #9, the available Cs will be a raw 6-11 project (Whiteside) and an unathletic 6-10 role player (Aldrich). Neither is worth taking that high.

The Jazz' current starting SF is 6-6 CJ Miles who is undersized. He is BACKUP material. Really, a solid backup at SF and SG.

6-9 Paul George would give the Jazz more size and talent at SF and be a huge upgrade at the position. At #9, he makes the most sense. George really has the talent to be an NBA all-star someday.

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This is a interesting thread

This is a interesting thread you started. But i think you're slightly over-valuing the impact of a rookie. Yea, he looks like a cool prospect with a promising skill set, but to say he'll come in and start right away might be a lil bit too much, especially in that system with Kirelinko already having been there for a decade or so. And who's to say he will be better then Mathews or Miles. He's played in the WAC and we don't know how he'll adjust to this high level of basketball not playing against the greatest comp, especially as a rookie. I know the jazz could desperately use a dynamic wing but I wouldn't immediately "crown him" as the savior. Not that I don't think he'll be a good player, but we can't just say it as if its set in stone yet. I've only seen him play once (aside from youtube).

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i compare Paul George to a

i compare Paul George to a more atlethic Stephen Jackson

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George is a solid citizen -- perfect for the Jazz

He's nothing like Stephen Jackson who's a role player.

George is bigger and more talented at 6-9.

He plays like Trevor Ariza, but shoots like Glen Rice.

Future NBA all-star.

CJ Miles can backup George at SF and Matthews at SG.

#9 Paul George 6-9 SF
#55 Hamady N'Diaye 7-0 C

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three things

a. i will also smack the person who talks smack on thabeet....its called a project people do u need me to look it up in websters for u????

b. toronto guy says the jazz need a centre....thats too funny to me...

c. anyone who thinks george is half the shooter as glen rice has obviously never seen glen rice shoot before.....that would mean george is one of the best shooters ever and i doubt u wanna go there....

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I really like Paul George.

I really like Paul George. For all we know he could be the next Danny Granger who was a sleeper in his draft. He would be a nice fit but a wing isnt what we need. Boozers gone. We dont have the money to give that he wants. If we do sign him in will involve a trade. So with him gone we need a big. Not another undersized big. Someone with size who can hold down the middle and block some shots. Forget Aldirch. He will be a good backup player, probably 8 6 2 maybe. We need to take Whiteside And give him 12 to 15 mintues a game as a rookie and let him devolpe and get stronger. Hes is just what we need in the middle, a GREAT shot blocker. I could see him after a year or two being a 14 10 3 guy. And i think Jerry would take care of the IQ problems he has.

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George is the best option for the Jazz at #9

If 6-6 CJ Miles is your starting SF, you need another starting SF.

Paul George has all-star potential.

Starting the 6-9 George at SF with Boozer/Millsap at PF would be awesome. George is the shooter that Kirilenko isn't.

Let CJ Miles be a swingman off the bench backing up George at SF and Matthews at SG. That would improve the Jazz' second unit dramatically.

Hassan is a raw project. Too risky to take at #9. He'd average 5 minutes a game under Sloan.

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Why do people say that Cole

Why do people say that Cole Aldrich is undersized, since when is 6'10, 235 lbs undersized??? Give him couple years in the league and he could gain 10-15 lbs...

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agree cyclo, cj is not the starting SF

I totally agree that CJ is not a starting small forward. That's not his position. He played great in the play-offs but he is naturally a 2 and should be guarding those guys. He struggled with Melo's size.

I think CJ is better than Wes though. I'd start CJ over Wes. Wes is a great player but I don't think he has the athleticism to be a starter on most teams. Don't get me wrong, he would make any team better. His hustle, defense and ability to drive or hit the open 3 is big. We have to resign the guy but I think CJ has more upside. Remember he improved a lot this year and he started out with thumb surgery...

Small forward is a legitimate draft need for the jazz. The way I see it, they don't have one currently. At least at center we have memo, assuming he can come back from injury (that''s possible he never returns to form, but not likely these days).

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big time george fan

I am high on some Paul George right now but while he does have Granger/all-star potential, he also has Gerald Green potential. I personally don't think he will be a bust but gotta remember that he has the makings of one (being compared to T-Mac...i have heard that before).

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Paul George would be a nice

Paul George would be a nice player to pick up but i dont see it happening with the Boozer situation. I would rather see us get a good proven veteran wing player considering how young we are at sf and sg. Aldirch really isnt that undersived just not a big center. 6"10 235 isnt big. if he put on 15 pounds he would have decent size. If he was more athletic his size wouldnt matter, he's not so it makes a bigger difference. If we do get him which theres a good chance we will he will be a solid player of the bench for us. I just dont see him be anything more than that. Atleast he will be better than fes and kk. Now with Whiteside he probably continues to get better and could become a true starting center and be a real difference maker. It is a gamble. We would have a border line star or a bust. Or get a solid bench player who could also be a bust like Kris Hymphries was.

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Jazz Draft

#9 Paul George 6-9 SF
#55 Hamady Ndiaye 7-0 C

Either Miles or Matthews can start at SG, but I like Miles off the bench because he can backup both SG and SF. He'll get plenty of minutes that way.

SF: Paul George 6-9, Andrei Kirilenko 6-9, CJ Miles 6-6
PF: Carlos Boozer 6-9, Paul Millsap 6-8, Andrei Kirilenko 6-9
C: Mehmet Okur 6-11, Kosta Koufos 7-0, Hamady N'Diaye 7-0, Kyrylo Fesenko 7-0
SG: Wesley Matthews 6-5, CJ Miles 6-6
PG: Deron Williams 6-3, Ronnie Price 6-1

Just sign another free agent guard and the roster is set.

I have a feeling the Clippers will grab George at #8, though.

Don't believe these mocks that have Al-Farouq Aminu ranked ahead of Paul George.

Aminu can't shoot.

George can.

George also measured taller w/o shoes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERcmFdlrrXY&feature=player_embedded

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You seem to be confused about one thing, boozer isnt comming back. Millsap is his replacement. He will put up simiallar numbers to Booz. Probably 18 and 10. I think its better if we just have one short pf instead of two. It would only make sence to pick up a big in a draft that is loaded with them. Why would we want another really young player at the wing when we have C.J. and Wes who are both only about 23. We need to sign a proven Veteran that can player either sg or sf. If you look at your roster its the same as last year, undersized bigs who dont play D plus one rookie. Not to say Paul isnt a nice player, and probably would help our team. But i think the concensis is that we need and are gonna get a pf or c who can play some D and block some shots. Probably Aldrich, Whiteside or Edoh. Im hoping we take Hassan.

D-will, Ronnie Price, Gaines.
Wes Matthews, C.J Miles
A.K., C.J Miles, Jeffers
Paul Millsap, A.K., kk
Okur, Whiteside or Aldrich, Fes

Miles is the 6th man and will play sg and sf off the bench. A.K. will see most of the back minutes at the 4, maybe Okur will play some 4 also if we wanna go big. We probably will pick up a mid level exception player at sg or sf as well to make us deeper.

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I'm not sure Boozer isn't coming back. I can't think of any teams that want him at the price he'll be asking.

I don't see any hope for improvement with the roster below. Certainly there is no championship potential here....

SF: Andrei Kirilenko, CJ Miles
PF: Paul Millsap, Andrei Kirilenko
C: Mehmet Okur, Hassan Whiteside or Cole Aldrich, Kosta Koufos
SG: Wesley Matthews, CJ Miles
PG: Deron Williams, Ronnie Price

I'm not sold on Kirilenko as the Jazz full time SF. Been there, done that. Kirilenko doesn't provide the consistent shooting/ball handling/creativity the Jazz need at SF, while Miles is too small to play the position full time.

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george or not...

Cody, if we take Whiteside or Aldrich then why on earth do we resign Fes? There is no way we should keep three backup centers who by all rights are in the category of "project". I'm not against drafting big (I go back and forth frankly), but if we do get a center, then drop KK or Fes. If we go small forward, then can keep hoping and dreaming about KK getting a fire lit under him (and somehow developing a shot) and Fes developing a work ethic. The jazz know better than I if either of those are possibilities, of course they could be too close to the situation to realize its lost. At any rate, we need a big 3. George could do that. CJ should just play 2 and Andre should be our starter at 3 with George or Babbit comming off the bench. If we have a big that can play, then we can rotate the big with Okur and Millsap, ideally the person is really big and can comfortably play center. But there are times when small ball is successful, just those times aren't against the lakers...

I'm starting to swing back to whiteside again. He might be our millsap where his leading the league in blocked shots translates to the NBA. There were times against the lakers that all we needed was a shot blocker. Also, if the league does take back the defensive 3 seconds, mobility and guarding one on one becomes less of an issue and bigs have a much easier time (if we have one that is).

At any rate: if we go big: Whiteside, Udoh (5th in league in blocked shots), Aldrich
If we go small forward (Babbit, George, Hayward).

I don't like going Henry at small forward. Only go for him if we trade a 2.

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Forget Fes

I forgot his contract was up. Otherwise he wouldnt be on my pretend roster haha. Fes sucks! I would resign Fes but only for the league minimum. We need to take Whiteside! He's a real project who will actually become a good player within a year or two. He brings to the table the two things we despertally need. Legth and shot blocking. And since when dont we have size at the 3? We have A.K. if he can stay healthy.

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Agree with you cyclo

We have to add a 3 somehow, either free agency or trade. We either draft a 3 and pickup a vetern big or we draft a big and pickup a 3. Short of this we are much worse.

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I also agree we will take a

I also agree we will take a big in the draft and no matter who we take they probably wont be a huge difference maker right away anyways. We will look to free angecy and our mid level to get someone to come in and contribute right away on the wing. We will probably take Aldrich, Edoh, Whiteside or Davis. If thing change, and we do go for a wing it would be Al-Farouq Aminu, or Paul George. Im still gonna say Whiteside is the way to go though.

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Jazz will take George or Babbitt

Hassan Whiteside is not a passer. He just does not pass the basketball. The Jazz' offense will stop when the ball's in his hands. He's not a scorer either. Doesn't have a high basketball IQ. Is his 6-11 defense alone enough to make him the 9th pick in the lottery? I see him as a weakside defender only.

Al-Farouq Aminu is the second coming of Hakim Warrick. Same height (6-7 1/2 w/o shoes), same game, similar athleticism, similar wingspans. The Jazz don't need an undersized PF who can't shoot from the perimeter.

Cole Aldrich shouldn't even be on the Jazz' draft board, unless the Jazz think a career backup C is worth the 9th pick in the lottery.

Ed Davis should be on the Jazz' draft board. He's 20 years old, 6-10, good rebounder and shot-blocker, 36 inch max vert.(best among big men), 3.21 in the sprint (best among big men). The most athletic big man in this year's draft.

Luke Babbitt is rising and will be on the Jazz' draft board ahead of Al-Farouq Aminu and Gordon Hayward for sure.

Paul George plays like a 6-9 cross between Trevor Ariza and Glen Rice. The Jazz need a SF like that. He should be on the Jazz' draft board as well, perhaps the top choice.

Greg Monroe will likely play C in the NBA at 6-11 w/ shoes. Very fundamentally sound big man. He's the sort of passer the Jazz need in the pivot.

The top three players on the Jazz draft board should be:
1. Paul George 6-9 SF
2. Luke Babbitt 6-8 1/2 SF
3. Greg Monroe 6-11 C

The honorable mention:
4. Hassan Whiteside 6-11 1/2 C
5. Ed Davis 6-10 F/C
6. Damion James 6-7 SF

I've become a fan of Babbitt as well as George. I now have them ranked #1 and #2 on the Jazz' draft board and would be happy with either one. Like George, I see Babbitt having all-star potential in the NBA.

Check out this video of Babbitt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0_PCqoB0aI

I think the Clippers will choose between George and Babbitt at #8 and the Jazz will end up taking whoever's left. A win-win situation as the Jazz can't go wrong with either one.

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If Monroe is there they will take him.

I have no doubt in mind that Monroe will go to the jazz if he is available, so just reverse your top three and it looks right.

Assuming Monroe is gone though, who do the jazz go after in the free agency market as a big?

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