This is dedicated to all the recent "Who the Jazz pick?" topics created over the past few months. I know there are a lot of Jazz fans, and I just want to share my knowledge with you guys. I have been scouting possible picks for the Jazz over the last few years now. This pick has been very exciting to me, and though it likely won't be the number one pick overall like I had hoped, we will still get a quality player. Before we look at the prospects, let's go over a few things, in case you already didn't know...
The Jazz will most likely be picking 9th overall. There is a small chance that one or more teams currently 10-14 can get into the top three (knocking the Jazz to the 10th, 11th or 12th pick), and there is also a chance that the Jazz can themselves into the top 3. However, this is unlikely and should not be expected.
Boozer's future is in Utah's hands. A lot of people say "boozer isnt goin to stay in utah cause he left cleevland, remember!!!1!11!!" There is no reason to think Boozer doesn't like Utah or wants to leave. Right now, it comes down this; is Utah willing to pay Boozer what he wants? The last few months of the season, I have felt that team success will determine whether Greg Miller and the Jazz will shell out the bananas to keep him around. If the Jazz prove that they can challenge the Lakers in the playoffs and are close to surpassing them, Booze might just be kept by the Jazz brass.
There are a clear-as-day top 9 prospects in this draft. Aran Smith and NBADraft.net are pretty funky with their mocks. Motie as a possible top-5, Vesely as a non-lottery pick, Eddie Davis outside of the top-10 are all pretty unconventional thoughts. The general consensus amongst NBA scouts is that there are three pillars. The first includes John Wall and Evan Turner. The second includes Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins and Wesley Johnson. The third is Greg Monroe, Eddie Davis, Cole Aldrich and Al-Farouq Aminu. These are considered by (most) professionals to be the top 9 prospects in the 2010 draft.
What do the Jazz need? Right now, the Jazz are in need of a back up center, and a back up small forward. If Booze leaves, we will also need a back up power forward. Some people say the Jazz need a better long-term shooting guard, but I disagree. You have to remember just how much Matthews improved the overall defense of the Jazz. The Jazz are winning on the road now (our best road record since Horny was with us). Why would we look to improve here, when our post-depth is being exposed to the world? Luckily for the Jazz, this draft is filled with front court players. In terms of Utah's weaknesses, it boils down to FT%, opponent 3PT%, and blocked shots.
Who will be on the board? In all likelihood, Utah will not have a top 3 pick. Which means that John Wall, Evan Turner, Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins and Wesley Johnson will be off the board when the Jazz are picking. That leaves Aldrich, Monroe, Davis and Aminu as possible picks. Assuming Philadelphia, Detroit and the LA Clippers are picking 6, 7 and 8, Philadelphia will probably go big. Since they already have Dalembert, a power forward will likely be on their radar. Eddie Davis makes sense, but they may also go with Greg Monroe. Detroit at 7 will probably choose between Aldrich and Monroe, as their biggest need is a center. I feel strongly that the Clippers will take Aminu, as they have Kaman, Jordan, Griffin and Smith in the post already. That means that depending on who takes whom, one of Davis, Aldrich or Monroe will fall to the Jazz at 9.
Who the Jazz will look at.The Jazz will not hesitate to draft Aldrich or Monroe if one of them falls to the Jazz. I am very confident of this. They can play both positions in the post, they are ready to play now (if Booze is let go), and they still have a great deal of potential. Both are players who fit the Jazz system, and can help Sloan win games. Now, Eddie Davis is a different story. If he is the one who falls, the Jazz WILL hesitate to draft him. Though he is one of my favorite players to watch, there are some red flags that could prevent the Jazz from taking him at 9 (we'll talk about those red-flags later). If Davis is the only one of the top 9 players available for the Jazz, they may take a closer look at some other players. This short list includes Jan Vesely, Donatas Motiejunas, Ekpe Udoh, Damion James and Patrick Patterson. Now let's take a look at what they Jazz are dealing with...
Eddie Davis - 6'10" (7'2" Wingspan) Comparison - Jordan Hill/Andris Biedrins
The Jazz would probably enjoy Eddie Davis and what he can bring to the table. A long, athletic defender, who can match up better with some of the long, quick (Gasol, Nene, Dirk) type of players who give Booze, Millsap and Memo problems (Booze, Sap and Memo have success guarding players like Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan and Yao Ming, go figure). He is extremely active, efficient and unselfish. Besides Aldrich, he is probably the best post defender in the draft (and that includes Udoh, Whiteside, Varnado and Favors) and he doesn't take bad shots. The Jazz would likely jump at the chance to draft Davis if it wasn't for a few red-flags. 1. He's injury prone 2. He's not strong enough to guard some NBA centers (see how he couldn't box out Dexter Pittman well) 3. His offense isn't versatile enough. The Jazz do not need anymore injuries and do not have a record of drafting and playing prospects who aren't strong enough (CJ Miles had to bulk up to 230 lbs before Sloan would give him significant minutes). So Davis would probably not see many minutes at the center position until he adds some weight. The Jazz don't necessarily need scoring, but if Davis doesn't show improvement in this area, will he be anything more than a 10-minute per-game player? Anything more than the Ronnie Price of our big-man rotation? This is why I have my doubts that the Jazz will risk their second highest draft pick in more than 25 years on Eddie Davis.
Jan Vesely - 6'11" Comparison - Tayshaun Prince/Jonas Jerebko
If any player is considered the last consensus top-ten pick in the draft, it is Jan Vesely. Every other scouting site (besides NBADraft.net) worth a shucks (excuse my language) has Vesely going top 10. He is long, agile, athletic and active. He brings a fascinating energy to his team and plays with a great deal of confidence. Right now he can play the 3 or the 4 (two positions the Jazz are in need of) and has shown he is capable of guarding 1s and 2s (his foot speed is outstanding). His offensive game is limited to dunks and threes for the most part but he is showing that he can take players off the dribble (he has a sick crossover) and even back players down in the post. However, he is inconsistant here. His intangibles are out-of-this-world (read this http://www.europeanprospects.com/1990-born/forward-1990-born/jan-vesely/...). If he indeed measures up to be 6'11" and 240 lbs, he is probably better suited to play the center position than Davis and Motie, which only adds to his intrigue. The versatility he would bring to the Jazz would be very helpful (seeing as how AK and Booze are injury prone). I think he would go through an AK-47 situation if the Jazz drafted him, meaning we would stash him for a few years before bringing him over. If the Jazz are planning on keeping Boozer, this would be an ideal situation, as they wouldn't have to pay for their draft pick until a few years from now (Lord knows how cheap my Jazz are).
Donatas Motiejunas - 7'0" (6'11" Wingspan) Comparison - Andrea Bargnani/Ersan Ilyasova
Motie has a lot of offensive talent. That alone should warrant a look from the Jazz. If the Jazz want to keep Boozer, they could draft Motie and stash him (similar to what they could do with Vesely), or bring him over now and put him in the D-League. If the Jazz don't want to keep Boozer, they could bring him over to be a scorer right away. Motie has an arsenal of offensive moves and weapons. He can take you off the dribble, post you up, cut, shoot and get to the stripe (FT% is higher than any other post prospect the Jazz will look at). Jerry Sloan isn't exactly looking for offense though, and Motie's defense and rebounding are sup-par for his position. Speaking of positions, despite standing 7'0" (reportedly) he only has a 6'11" wingspan and probably doesn't weigh any more than 225 lbs, so can he play the center position? Can he handle the toughness the Jerry Sloan will demand? Hmmm....
Ekpe Udoh - 6'10" (7'3" Wingspan) Comparison - Serge Ibaka/Tyrus Thomas (Less Athletic, Better Passer)
Udoh may fit the Utah bill better than anyone else one on this list (that doesn't inclue Monroe or Aldrich). His biggest strengths are his character, his shot-blocking and his passing ability. This leads one to believe that Udoh could fit in the Utah Jazz system and still fill a need (ability to play the 4 and the 5 and ability to block shots). If Booze is kept in Utah, Udoh wouldn't be asked to play more than 10 minutes a game, at least until the inevitable injuries occur. If Booze is let go, Udoh would bring defense off the bench. He likely wouldn't need long to learn the Jazz system (smart kid), and could turn into a Sloan favorite (ala Jarron Collins). His efficiency and per-40 production are both questionable but in a limited role this wouldn't be as much of a problem. At 240 lbs and (in May) 23 years of age, he is likely more ready to contribute than Davis, Vesely and Motie, but there is still a good deal of potential left in his game (particulary offensively).
Damion James - 6'8" (7'1" Wingspan) Comparison - Marvin Williams/Mickael Pietrus
Damion James is probably a reach at the 9th overall pick, but his energy and passion on the floor will make the Jazz give this kid a chance. He has the ability to play the 2, 3 or 4 in the NBA, due to his athleticism, quickness, open-court speed, height, length and strength. He always plays hard and already can contribute in several areas offensively on an NBA team. The one that stands out to me is his finishing ability. His body control is so good that he can finish through contact equally well in transition or in the half-court. His catch-and-shoot ability is very underrated, and his three point shooting ability is improving. Seems like a great player to bring in off the bench, and would fit well with Deron Williams (another player who bullies his way to the rim and finishes strong). With Deron Williams (and to a lesser extent, AK-47), Damion James would not have to worry about creating his own shots, just finishing them, something he excels at. He can also rebound and play tough defense, so he could quickly become a Sloan favorite. His versatility would make him an asset, no matter what the Jazz plan on doing with Boozer.
Patrick Patterson - 6'8" (7'2" Wingspan) Comparison - Carl Landry/David West
Patterson will only be considered if the Jazz plan on losing Boozer this summer. Patterson is not well suited to play the center position either, so the Jazz would not solve their backup center (or shot-blocking) need. With a Patterson pick, the Jazz are basically saying this, "We won't improve, but we will be nearly as good as this year, only younger, and it won't cost as much." The Jazz would need to count on Millsap replacing Boozer's production, just so they could count on Patterson replacing Millsap's production. Patterson (like Millsap) has a versatile offensive game. He can drive, post-up, and shoot with range and consistency. His offensive rebounding game is unreal (watch how many put-backs he gets in a game) and athletically fits the bill that a team would look for in a power forward. His hustle alone would guarantee him playing time under Sloan. Like I said, if the Jazz aren't planning on paying Booze big money, Patrick Patterson (and Damion James) will shoot up the Jazz's draft board and will be strongly considered if Monroe and Aldrich are gone.
d00d, you totally 4got! No I didn't! Hassan Whiteside and Daniel Orton have just as much of a chance at getting drafted by the Jazz as DeMarcus Cousins (or my own Mother for that matter). Utah does not like to deal with players with a questionable character, a questionable work ethic, or players who are just a threat to cause head-aches in general (Kirk Snyder, you were a lesson learned). Also a lot of you think James Anderson or Xavier Henry will be drafted by the Jazz, well I disagree. What the heck (excuse my language) can James Anderson do that Morris Almond couldn't? Xavier Henry is a chucker, plain and simple. Coach Jerry Sloan does not like chuckers (Gordon Giricek spent the majority of his time as a Jazz player in Sloan's doghouse). If that doesn't sway you, consider this; Utah has four reliable wing players, Wesley Matthews, Andrei Kirilenko, Kyle Korver and CJ Miles. Out of those four, CJ Miles is the most expendable. Besides youth, Xavier Henry and James Anderson do nothing better than CJ Miles, and Utah is not going to pay a chucker to spend two years on the bench to learn the Jazz system. Before you all retort like I know you will (well, at least those of you who read all of this) CJ Miles is listed at 230-235 lbs, he is a very good passer, and he works hard defensively. His offense game is versatile and if the Jazz needed him to, he could score more than he does now. So, yes, maybe Henry has more potential down the road than Miles does, but Miles is better now and Utah would have to teach Henry the system before playing him significant minutes unlike Matthews who was born to play for Jerry Sloan. I know some of you don't think I'm right about this, but you're just going to have to trust me. Utah's second highest pick in 25 years is not going to be wasted on somebody with character concerns or a player who is going to rot on the bench.
so you dont think they will resign Kyrylo Fesenko
6ers are looking for a playmaker and to probably get rid of dalembert....somewhat rebuilding if you must. Motie makes sense because of his offensive talents IMO. Davis would just be another forward. Philly has plenty of forwards, examples: Brand, Speights, Young, Smith, and their only center is Sammy. 6ers also need a SG, but Henry is a reach there.
I think more than ever the jazz main focus is on a big guy. With Okur's injury jazz will need a big to enter the rotation. i think this injury will limit Okur's mobility even more than it was before. Fez or Kofous need to step it up in the playoffs, One of them could earn a very big paycheck next year.
McDunkin - I never said that.
jwet33 - I think they are more interested in keeping Dalembert than Brand. It's obvious they are looking for a playmaker, but Wall is the only one, unless you count Monroe, who I mentioned. I would monkey-flip if they reached for Henry, which would only improve Utah's chances of getting Monroe or Aldrich.
j1232e - Thank you! Yes, we really could use a big man. Koufos is already locked up for next season, but Fess still needs to prove himself worthy of a new contract. I like Fess. Hope we can keep him for cheap.
I did not think the Jazz have picked up the option on Kofous next season yet. I thought they would have picked up Morris Almond option but did not. i am sure they will pick kosta's option up now considering Memo injury. So that leaves Fez he might be the odd guy out if they pick up kosta's option and draft another center. That is why I think Fez needs to have a solid postseason to earn that contract for next season.
"The last few months of the season, I have felt that team success will determine whether Greg Miller and the Jazz will shell out the bananas to keep him around."
Otherwise, this is an awesome read. I have to give you a point for this. If I don't, then I don't think I'll be able to sleep tonight. I think this is worthy of an article in a sports magazine.
HAHAHAHAH OJJ that's a funny picture. I am now waiting for RTBT to come on a lecture us all. How have you been otherwise, you haven't been on the past couple of days.
I've been good. I'm starting play in my rec league in a couple of weeks, so I have practices with them every Tuesday and Thursday morning, and I've been swamped with homework in all directions. How have you been?
That's good. I have been sick the past couple of days, but getting better. School have another 3 weeks, then summer courses. Otherwise I have been good. I am trying to get a live mock draft going with a bunch of users, if you go to the second page of the forum you should find my topic, and if you wish to join you can.
if the jazz dont draft aminu theyre crazy (unless they win the lottery..) they need a sf so badly and after kierelenko leaves theyre gonna have a big hole on their team
I think the way you call Ed Davis - Eddie is pretty funky too...
Hey No Money, You say Motiejunas top 5 - He's 7th. Vesely not in lotto - he's in lotto. The only 2 guys mentioned in your third tier that aren't - Davis (Ed) and Cole Aldrich are also in lotto. So I would say your facts are a little "funky", or you are intentionally or unintentionally taking liberties to skew them.
So in other words what you are saying is that Davis and Vesely are above Motiejunas, Whiteside, Patterson and Henry on more "consensus" mocks. That could be the case on the web, but not necessarily "universal" among scouts. Both of those players (Eddie and Vesely) had average years and are viewed as upside picks. If a team wants a sure fire perform now guy, they would take Patterson over Eddie. Also, IMO Vessely over Motiejunas is crazy talk. But scouts do think it is possible. Anyway, enjoyed the read...
Hey, Aran. Could you please give us an explanation as to why the site was down/really slow a couple of days ago. I almost checked in to rehab because of the site's slow pace.
Apologies to all for the site being down yesterday morning and slow during the past week. We've made changes and I believe we have the problem resolved.
What happenes each year is we get a big rush of traffic around this time and leading up to the draft. And it requires stepping up to a bigger and more expensive server. We try not to do it too early because of the cost. We have taken some steps to bolster the server and will actually completely move to a larger server before lotto time.
Aran, I was not the only one. I only ask because someone thought me creating a thread about a live mock between users was the reason, and if it was and you confirmed it I apologize. Did my thread have anything to do with it???
Yes as a matter of fact I checked with my tech guy who confirmed that was 97.8% likely the reason. So everyone has YOU to blame!
I'm only kidding. The mock draft thread was a fun idea. and just random that it happened at the same time.
HAHAHAHAHA. Aran, you're too much. The live mock was a good start, and I am getting people for it who are interested. The problem was that it got a bit disorganized. If I set some ground rules it will work much better. Thanks for the confirmation again.
Sorry, outside of the top five, I'm just not impressed with the types of players that could still be on the board for the Jazz to draft with the ninth pick. They could get much better proven value by trading for a veteran. I'll be extremely disappointed if they keep the pick (unless, again, it's top five, which most likely won't happen). All the big men are projects, and the forwards and guards that will be available probably aren't even good enough to start for the team right now.
Trade the pick!! Trade the pick!!
j1232e - They had to pick up the option before October 31, I do believe. I know they already picked up the option, Koufos is signed with the team next year, and we'll have an option to keep him through 2011-2012 this summer.
OrangeJuiceJones - I used that picture already in a different topic. So you be stealin' from the white man. You're the racist!
knicksfan7 - You said nothing relevant, but that's just fine with me. Wink.
esperanzafleet69 - I said I expect the Clippers to take Aminu, so I don't think he will be on the board when Utah is picking. Also, who said AK is leaving Utah?
Aran_Smith - Ohhh, I have been waiting for this... I call Ed Davis, "Eddie" Davis because it sounds cooler. Eddie Davis will thank me in the future. I said Motie as a possible top 5 pick. Vesely was put in the lottery after I started writing, I think you had Hayward in there and you switched them while I was writing. Unlike you, I don't have a slew of scouts feeding me information, so I only go by what other professionals say. DraftExpress, ESPN, CollegeHoopsUpdate, and MyNBADraft are the other sites I use, and all have the same players in their top-ten (except CHU which has Whiteside at 9 and Monroe at 11). Every one of those sites has Vesely at 9 or 10 and all have Vesely rated above Motie. In my position, I can only make assumptions based on this stuff. That being said, I'm sure Jonathan Givony has his sources too. If you turn out to be right about this stuff (Motie over Vesely, Davis and Aldrich falling, Patterson or Henry top 10) I'll be tickled impressed.
knicksfan7 - "Aran, you're too much." -- You suck-up.
JazzinSLC - Can we get any solid value? You have to keep the salary cap in mind. Aldrich and Monroe can contribute now. Who would you suggest the Jazz trade their pick for?
Suck-up, hahahahaahaha. Nomoney you get a big old Child Please.
I agree with most of what your saying, but I do think the Jazz will take a very hard look at Xavier Henry. He is a good defender, shooter and he has nice size and athleticism. This is the same team that picked Morris Almond, who is very similar to Henry but a worse athlete and defender. I think although CJ Miles is a good rotational player, he doesn't have the potential of Henry and he doesn't do anything much better than Henry. SG is one of their biggest holes, and I think they either go for Xavier Henry or close up the hole at C even though they've addressed that spot in recent drafts.
Aran, if you mind saying, but how did you get into this profession and develop connections and what not. It has always interested me.
As to being relevant to the topic nomoney. I think the Jazz are a good team who need someone who can contribute right away as a rookie.
Iggy - This is also the same team that never played Morris Almond and then let him go as soon as they could. Henry is a similar player, but a better passer/defender. I actually considered putting him on the list, and I bet Utah works him out, but I can't see us drafting him for all of the reasons I've previously listed.
Aran_Smith - Like I said, I don't have the resources that you do. I'm not criticizing the sites' interesting perspectives, just saying that they seem to be different. If you were in my poisition who would you listen to? The herd of sheep, that does include professionals (Chad Ford, and Jonathan Givony are professionals) or the black sheep. Not saying you are wrong, just different. Right now, I am basing my opinions on how the majority seems to think. I could preserve judgement until June 24, but that isn't any fun.
knicksfan7 - Nice.
I actually think Utahs biggest weakness is a shotblocker and Aldrich is the perfect pick for them i think only Turner, and Wall would help their team more.
Utah isn't a bad shotblocking team. AK-47, Memo, and Millsap are all pretty good shotblockers. We just need an Aldrich type who can consistently protect the rim and alter shots.
I only have Turner, Wall and Johnson above him on my personal Utah Jazz draft-board.
You mean to say we haven't won you over yet? You post on here religiously! ;)
I would go with whomever you think is the best. But you should keep in mind, those sources you refer to have contacts, but they also look for safety in numbers and are easily swayed by popular opinion and one another.
It's way too early to know who the top 9 guys are in a draft with so many players at similar levels. For instance, Cousins is a top 3 on talent and could fall out of the top 7 after interviews and phychological tests. Interviews and workouts will affect things. Nothing is certain right now. There are a number of players that could ultimately go in the top 9 ahead of your 3rd tier players. Some scouts think Cole Aldrich is a top 10 pick, others think he's a mid first rounder. I'm somewhere in the middle on him. As long as you don't expect too much out of him, he could be decent. but the recent history of white US centers doesn't help his cause. (Kaman being the exception). He also didn't improve from his sophomore to junior seasons. (Is he another Montross?)
Ed Davis was a borderline top 10 pick before he got injured. And now he's a top 5-10 pick? Those projections you are looking at are all inflated. I've talked to numerous scouts who think he's a late lotto to mid first, not 5-10. Nobody loves him...
We're going to see Jan Vesely live in 2 weeks in Paris. Based on how he perfoms in that event and what scouts are saying, I will know first hand whether or not he's a legit possibility for Utah at 9 or not. I'll let you know ;).
You probably don't remember since it was before your time, a lot of people wanted to make Tiago Splitter a top 3 pick but after seeing him live in Moscow in 2005 at the Final Four, he dropped to the 20 range on NBADraft.net. "Others" still had him in that range.
That's fair enough, except that last Eddie Davis snippit.
I love Eddie Davis.
I like Motiejunas more than any other big man in the draft...
I like Motiejunas more than any other big man in the draft...
With the exception of Aldrich (and that's only assuming Okur can't answer the bell at the start of next season), no other player we could pick at nine is probably even good enough to start on our team right now. Assuming Boozer is resigned (and I honestly believe this will occur), and AK, D-Will, and Matthews return, no player we pick at nine is going to get more then 15 minutes a night off the bench. Yet there are teams out there, for whatever reasons, that may be willing to part with some experienced veteran talent, to retool their roster with a youngster. This is Utah's chance to get that "third" impact player that could push them over the top in the Western Conference (like when Hornacek arrived to team with Malone and Stockton). Opportunites like this hardly ever happen for a team in Utah's current position (that being a playoff team with a lottery pick), unless you make deals with a bonehead GM like Isiah Thomas. The Jazz need to contend now, while D-Will still wants to be here. No player in this draft picking ninth could possibly be that guy. It could be a center with defensive abilities, or a sharpshooting two-guard, but the Jazz can find what they need to take them over the top if they think outside the box, and use the lottery pick as a means to a grander end. I expect O'Connor will get more then a few phone calls from around the league inquiring about the pick. I say take the best of those offers, whatever it may be, and run with it.
so with uncertainty at every frontcourt position due to either free agency or injury one would assume that they just take the highest player on their board since there are really no good guards in that range really....I like Henry and actually had him going here a few weeks ago but the whole injury situation has me thinking they will take a versatile frontcourt guy that can play 2 or 3 positions if asked....Eddie Davis perhaps???? or either of the 2 Euros.....keep in mind that the Jazz have a minute for all three of these guys to develop a little which most think all of them need.....they could be passing up a future star in Xavier though.....
Victory for NoMoney! Somebody else called him Eddie Davis! Great day!
Yes, we could use a player who can play multiple positions. I mentioned that quite a bit in my original post. Right now, I don't think anybody is ready to play the 3, 4 and 5 positions. Vesely is probably closest with his foot speed, height, length and solid (reported) 240 lbs. Damion James could compete at guarding any position on the floor.
Some people think the Jazz should draft a player who can contribute now, others think we should draft someone with higher potential. I'm still trying to decide...
I think that Cole is the only player in that section of the draft that is really ready to contribute now....like someone who is worth that pick....everyone else is really upside kind of guys....
The Jazz system is a very interesting one. Offensively all you really need is to know the system and play within the system. So maybe James, Patterson, and Monroe could also contribute for the Jazz right away...
Make cuts, set screens, play hard, don't take bad shots.
Do the above and you will be successful on the Jazz. A lot of players need a year or two to learn the system, but some players just were born to play for Sloan (Matthews, Williams, Millsap, Korver).
From the Deseret Morning News:
Miles' offense has been a pleasant addition this past week. He came out firing in the first quarter of Game 1, when he scored 13 of his 17 points. In Monday's surprising 114-111 Jazz win, Miles poured in eight of his 17 points in the decisive fourth quarter. Two of his late buckets were layups — something Jazz coach Jerry Sloan loves to see from a player who can drive him batty because of his long-ball love affair.
"C.J.'s got a lot of talent," Sloan said. "He has had to learn that you've got to do other things rather than shoot the ball, and he's done that."
Yeah, Jerry Sloan has a distain for players who like to camp at the three point line. He wants an aggresive player who can kamikaze into the lane and try to finish with contact like Matthews, Kirilenko and (recently) Miles. Korver isn't this type of player, but he is extremely aggresive (he just cuts to the three point line). Statistically he has the best 3PT% in the history of the NBA, and he also plays tough defense (he struggles against the quicker, combo guard type of players though).
he would fit nice....I think he could be kind of like Boozer but I doubt he falls that far....
Yea they got rid of Almond because he didn't ever defend or shoot/score well enough to offset it. Henry will defend though and he's got a better pure jumper than Almond IMO, one that he can actually put to use in actual NBA games.lol.
Aldrich would be a great fit for Utah as well though, but I wonder will they take another Center after picking Koufas and having Okur on the roster. Along with that big guy who's name I'm not going to even attempt to spell. I could see them taking Aldrich though, possibly over Henry.
I read that during Almond's pre-draft Jazz workout, he made 90 of 100 NBA three pointers. Shooting and scoring were never his problems (see college numbers, D-League numbers, etc...).
I remember Jerry Sloan saying that Almond wasn't getting playing time because he didn't understand how to keep his teammates involved (reportedly the worst passer on the team) and his defensive intensity wasn't showing any improvement. Xavier Henry is actually a pretty good defender (he is better at defending small forwards, possible due to his average foot speed), and he is a solid passer. I'm not trying to say that he isn't a better player than Almond, because he obviously is.
Xavier Henry just doesn't work for the Jazz right now. Despite all the things that he can do well, his offense is pretty one-dimensional. Jerry Sloan doesn't like that (see the quote I provided above). CJ Miles right now is a better player than Henry, IMO. He is a way better ball-handler, passer and perhaps above all, he already knows the Jazz system.
I like Henry, and I'm sure the Jazz will work him out and interview him. I just don't think we'll draft him when we have more pressing needs (combo-forward, center, shot-blocker).
I know you aren't a Jazz fan, so I'm not sure you have seen just how terrible Kosta Koufos has been this season. Dude is so awkward and clumsy it's hard to ever see him getting big minutes. He has potential but I don't think we can rely on him to be the future of our center position. Fess is another player with huge potential, but he gets into foul trouble way too easily, so it's hard for Sloan to play him big minutes.
I would say that I wouldn't be comfortable with Kofus as a backup, he lacks any real skills and there are plently of big men who can clog the middle better than Koof. I can't see Utah drafting Henry because they already have four wings(although I'm not sure they all are very durable.) I would like to see them sign a mle, hopefully Marcus Camby, and drafting Vesely and letting him develope in Europe.