The more I thought about it the more I think it was the right move. I know you just think I went crazy, but just look at the situation.
Everyone wants us to take a big guy, but when Cole Aldrich came in at 6'9" and Ed Davis by all accounts being 3 to 4 years away from being productive, who do you take? Patrick Patterson, He was the 4th best player on his college team that didn't even make the final four. I'm not sure he is the number 2 people keep demanding. The Jazz felt that they wouldn't help us out any more than Kosta and Fes. It was to the point that we need another project big man about as much as we need to give CJ a max contract. KOC said that the Jazz felt like after Monroe was off the board then we were better off looking at other ways for bringing in a big man. I guess they are looking to bing in a veteran big man who we know can contribute. The Jazz are still going to try to develop Fes and Kosta. Let's not write Kosta off yet, he is still younger than Udoh and some of the players in this draft after all. Also the pick opens up opportunities for us to move AK for a big and another role player. I know it would be losing AK, but his contract is a good trade chip. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense.
Hayward was the best NBA ready player available. He was on most draft boards as the 3rd best wing player, after Turner and Johnson. Most people outside of Utah like the pick. He is a great pick and roll player and also makes AK expendable, again trade for a big and maybe another player. The Jazz also said that they wanted a guy that could make plays and make those around them better, cross Henry off the list. They wanted a guy who was a solid defender, cross Babbitt of the list. So the more you think about it, Hayward had the most to offer. I also thought it was interesting to note that the guy the Thunder were trying to trade up to get was Hayward. They love him and were willing to give up Eric Maynor and two first rounders for him, to the Pacers for the 10 pick. To me that says a lot about how good he could be. For all the bashing on KOC, when he is liking the same young guy as OKC he must be doing something right. This also made any thought of trading down to get him unrealistic.
The pick also makes bringing Boozer back more believable. There are still reports out there that Boozer could end up in NJ, Chicago, or Miami. The thing is that if a team is going to give Boozer max money, then it is likely we could do a sign and trade with him and get something back in return and since we have trade exceptions.
Another thing that made me feel better is that KOC said that they tried to move up, but that the asking prices were to high. I took that with a grain of salt until I heard on a podcast that that was true. The Jazz were really trying to move up in the draft, but teams were asking way too much.
I agree that he isn’t going to be an all star. I am very worried how a guy with a stroke like his goes from 45% from 3 to 29%. I am worried about his muscle and how well he will develop. All isn't roses with him, but he is a winner and a hard worker. I really believe he will be very solid for a long time. Brad Stevens also said yesterday on Kall 700 when he was asked about his percentage going down and he said, "he'll make every big one" and he also said "if I were a Jazz fan I wouldn't lose any sleep over it." I hope he is right. For now we need to get behind this guy because, even if you don't like it, he is ours.