As a rabid Jazz fan in Las Vegas, I'd like to throw my $0.02 in there about the draft coming this year. Yes, yes, I'm still vomiting on a semi-regular pace after the way the team got back in the game and fell just short, but it's time to move on, or get left behind.
So, who to draft? The pick is late in the first round (23rd, I believe), and obviously we're not getting a Beasley/Brook Lopez/DeAndre Jordan type. But who could slip? NBAdraft.net currently has the Jazz taking plodding center Roy Hibbert (Ostertag, anyone?), and I'm not sure this is the way to go. They have C Robin Lopez (an Anderson Varajeo type) in the same range, and this would be an interesting pick. An active rebounder, shot blocker, defender who lacks on offense, but can wreak havoc inside. I think big has to be the way to go, but if Fesenko develops, then what?
Backup point guard is always an option, but do you want to spend a first rounder on a 12 minute/game guy for the next 10 years (hopefully)? Maybe a small forward type like Brandon Rush? He's long, can get his own shot, and could make a difference if a certain Russian is traded in the near future. Hopefully they don't see a tall white guy from BYU (Plaisted) and think he can play. I saw him play a couple times and thought he was awful.
What do I think will happen? Probably some overseas guy we've never heard of. What do I hope will happen? Joe Alexander slips... Donte Greene slips and stays in the D-league long enough for Sloan to retire because I know they wouldn't get along. :)
Draft lottery tomorrow which will get the pieces in motion. Stay tuned!