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The Jazz/Nuggets Reconstruction Draft

I appreciate Yucca's discouragement in his breaking point post, but I don't share it. I would rather be the Jazz than the Nuggets, and honestly, it isn't a difficult decision. To explain why, I've created this simulation.

Kevin O'Connor suddenly decides his life's calling is to become a Tibetan monk, Dennis Lindsey enters a new profession as a soap opera star, and Greg Miller is left in such desperate need of a new organizational captain that he gives you - that's right, YOU - unquestioned power in completely deciding the Jazz roster. You are now Official Despot!

To start, you will take part in a reconstruction draft involving the current rosters of the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets. As the universe itself is a Jazz fan (as we all know) and thus natural law favors the Jazz, this draft will begin with you picking your top 10 players from the pool to serve as the foundation for the Jazz of the future. The scraps will be left for the Nuggets to pick through.

After you have completed your draft, you will be asked which of the two current rosters contains the bulk of your draft talent, meaning that team stands in a stronger position going forward. The more players drafted earlier, the better.

So, you are on the clock.

As the one and only power that be in the Jazz organization, build a team of ten from the players below that best serves as a foundation for winning an NBA championship in the next five to seven years. I encourage you to list your draft, picks 1 through 10, in the comments and then answer the poll.

Let’s see which roster SLC Dunk truly believes undergirds a brighter future.

The Players:

Corey Wayne Brewer: 27 years old; SF; 6-9 and 185 lbs; 7th pick in the 2007 Draft; Per 36 career—14 pts, 4.5 rbs, 2.4 asts, 1.9 stls, 0.4 blks, .430 FG%, .298 3P%, .684 FT%, 3.5 FTA, 2.0 TOV

Alec Burks: 21 years old; SG; 6-6 and 195lbs; 12th pick in the 2011 Draft; Per 36 career--15.3 pts, 4.8 rbs, 2.6 asts, 1.1 stls, 0.3 blks, .422 FG%, .341 3P%, .716 FT%, 4.8 FTA, 2.1 TOV

DeMarre LeEdrick Carroll: 26 years old; SF; 6-8 and 212 lbs; 27th pick in the 2009 Draft; Per 36 career--11.4 pts, 3.6 rbs, 1.7 asts, 1.5 stls, 0.5 blks, .432 FG%, .281 3P%, .733 FT%, 2.7 FTA, 1.1 TOV

Wilson Jamall Chandler: 25 years old; SF/PF; 6-8 and 220 lbs; 23rd pick in the 2007 Draft: Per 36 career—15.8 pts, 6.0 rbs, 2.0 asts, 0.9 stls, 1.0 blks, .449 FG%, .330 3P%, .787 FT%, 2.7 FTA, 1.7 TOV

Jeremy Evans: 25 years old; PF; 6-9 and 196 lbs; 55th pick in the 2010 Draft; Per 36 career--12.7 pts, 8.2 rbs, 1.9 asts, 1.3 stls, 2.2 blks, .647 FG%, .000 3P%, .631 FT%, 3.4 FTA, 1.3 TOV

Kenneth Bernard Faried: 23 years old; PF; 6-8 and 228 lbs; 22nd pick in the 2011 Draft; Per 36 career—15.4 pts, 11.9 rbs, 1.3 asts, 1.3 stls, 1.4 blks, .565 FG%, .000 3P%, .637 FT%, 4.7 FTA, 1.9 TOV

Derrick Bernard Favors: 21 years old; PF/C; 6-10 and 246 lbs; 3rd pick in the 2010 Draft; Per 36 career--14.1 pts, 10.5 rbs, 1.2 asts, 1.0 stls, 1.9 blks, .498 FG%, 000 3P%, .649 FT%, 4.9 FTA, 2.4 TOV

Evan Mehdi Fournier: 20 years old; SG/SF; 6-6 and 190 lbs; 20th pick in the 2012 Draft: Per 36 career—16.6 pts, 2.7 rbs, 3.4 asts, 1.4 stls, 0.0 blks, .495 FG%, .421 3P%, .724 FT%, 3.7 FTA, 2.9 TOV (he’s only played 284 minutes in his career, so very small sample size)

Randy Foye: 29 years old; SG; 6-4 and 210 lbs; 7th pick in the 2006 Draft; Per 36 career--15.3 pts, 3.0 rbs, 4.0 asts, 1.0 stls, 0.4 blks, .410 FG%, .377 3P%, .856 FT%, 3.0 FTA, 2.1 TOV

Danilo Gallinari: 24 years old; SF; 6-10 and 225 lbs; 6th pick in the 2008 Draft; Per 36 career—16.7 pts, 5.4 rbs, 2.2 asts, 1.0 stls, 0.6 blks, .419 FG%, .369 3P%, .844 FT%, 5.2 FTA, 1.6 TOV

Jordan Christian Hamilton: 22 years old; SG/SF; 6-7 and 220 lbs; 26th pick in the 2011 Draft; Per 36 career—17.7 pts, 6.3 rbs, 2.3 asts, 1.1 stls, 0.6 blks, .421 FG%, .370 3P%, .484 FT%, 1.7 FTA, 1.9 TOV

Gordon Daniel Hayward: 23 years old; SG/SF; 6-8 and 207 lbs; 9th pick in the 2010 Draft; Per 36 career--14.8 pts, 4.0 rbs, 3.4 asts, 0.9 stls, 0.7 blks, .452 FG%, .398 3P%, .813 FT%, 4.3 FTA, 2.0 TOV

Andre Tyler Iguodala: 29 years old; SG/SF; 6-6 and 207 lbs; 9th pick in the 2004 Draft: Per 36 career—14.5 pts, 5.5 rbs, 4.7 asts, 1.7 stls, 0.5 blks, .459 FG%, .328 3P%, .725 FT%, 4.6 FTA, 2.3 TOV

Al Jefferson: 28 years old; PF/C; 6-10 and 265 lbs; 15th pick in the 2004 Draft; Per 36 career--19.3 pts, 10.5 rbs, 1.7 asts, 0.8 stls, 1.6 blks, .499 FG%, .071 3P%, .714 FT%, 4.0 FTA, 1.7 TOV

Enes Kanter: 20 years old; PF/C; 6-11 and 262 lbs; 3rd pick in the 2011 Draft; Per 36 career--14.9 pts, 10.7 rbs, 0.7 asts, 0.8 stls, 1.0 blks, .525 FG%, .500 3P%, .734 FT%, 4.1 FTA, 2.9 TOV

Konstantine Demetrious Koufos: 24 years old; C; 7-0 and 265 lbs; 23rd pick in the 2008 Draft; Per 36 career—12.9 pts, 10.7 rbs, 0.8 asts, 0.9 stls, 2.0 blks, .553 FG%, .000 3P%, .602 FT%, 2.6 FTA, 1.5 TOV

Tywon Ronnell Lawson: 25 years old; PG; 5-11 and 195 lbs; 18th pick in the 2009 Draft; Per 36 career—16.4 pts, 3.4 rbs, 6.6 asts, 1.4 stls, 0.1 blks, .485 FG%, .381 3P%, .773 FT%, 4.0 FTA, 2.5 TOV

JaVale Lindy McGee: 25 years old; C; 7-0 and 237 lbs; 18th pick in the 2008 Draft; Per 36 career—15.3 pts, 10.0 rbs, 0.6 asts, 0.8 stls, 3.2 blks, .542 FG%, .200 3P%, .584 FT%, 4.3 FTA, 1.9 TOV

Andre Lloyd Miller: 37 years old; PG; 6-2 and 200 lbs; 8th pick in the 1999 Draft; Per 36 career—14.9 pts, 4.3 rbs, 7.6 asts, 1.4 stls, 0.2 blks, .459 FG%, .209 3P%, .809 FT%, 4.6 FTA, 2.8 TOV

Quincy Cortez Miller: 20 years old; SF; 6-9 and 210 lbs; 38th pick in the 2012 Draft; Per 36 career—6.0 pts, 2.0 rbs, 6.0 asts, 2.0 stls, 0.0 blks, 167 FG%, .000 3P%, .500 FT%, 4.0 FTA, 2.0 TOV (18 minutes played total)

Paul Millsap: 28 years old; PF; 6-8 and 245 lbs; 47th pick in the 2006 Draft: Per 36 career—16.4 pts, 9.2 rbs, 2.3 asts, 1.5 stls, 1.3 blks, .517 FG%, .270 3P%, .725 FT%, 4.8 FTA, 2.0 TOV

Timofey Pavlovich Mozgov: 26 years old; C; 7-1 and 250 lbs; undrafted?; Per 36 career—11.6 pts, 9.2 rbs, 1.0 asts, 0.8 stls, 2.0 blks, .509 FG%, .000 3P%, .707 FT%, 3.1 FTA, 2.6 TOV

Kevin Marquis Murphy: 23 years old; SG; 6-6 and 185 lbs; 47th pick in the 2012 Draft: Per 36 career—11.0 pts, 2.9 rbs, 1.5 asts, 0.7 stls, 0.0 blks, .269 FG%, .200 3P%, .000 FT%, 0.0 FTA, 2.2 TOV

Anthony Erwin Randolph Jr.: 23 years old; PF; 6-10 and 205 lbs; 14th pick in the 2008 Draft; Per 36 career—17.1 pts, 10.3 rbs, 1.7 asts, 1.3 stls, .457 FG%, .100 3P%, .737 FT%, 5.4 FTA, 2.7 TOV

Julyan Ray Stone: 24 years old; PG; 6-6 and 200 lbs; undrafted; Per 36 career—7.5 pts, 4.9 rbs, 6.8 asts, 1.6 stls, 1.0 blks, .455 FG%, .182 3P%, .733 FT%, 2.6 FTA, 2.3 TOV (207 minutes played total)

Jamaal Tinsley: 35 years old; PG; 6-3 and 195 lbs; 27th pick in the 2001 Draft: Per 36 career—11.7 pts, 4.0 rbs, 8.3 asts, 1.9 stls, 0.4 blks, .393 FG%, .301 3P%, .716 FT%, 2.6 FTA, 3.4 TOV

Earl Joseph Watson: 33 years old; PG; 6-1 and 195 lbs; 39th pick in the 2001 Draft: Per 36 career—10.4 pts, 3.7 rbs, 7.2 asts, 1.6 stls, 0.3 blks, .411 FG%, .324 3P%, .702 FT%, 2.3 FTA, 2.9 TOV

Marvin Gaye Williams Jr.: 26 years old; SF/PF; 6-9 and 230 lbs; 2nd pick in the 2005 Draft: Per 36 career—13.4 pts, 6.2 rbs, 1.6 asts, 0.9 stls, 0.5 blks, .447 FG%, .327 3P%, .805 FT%, 4.0 FTA, 1.4 TOV

Maurice Williams: 30 years old; PG/SG;6-1 and 185 lbs; 47th pick in the 2003 Draft: Per 36 career—16.3 pts, 3.5 rbs, 5.9 asts, 1.1 stls, 0.2 blks, .440 FG%, .388 3p%, .870 FT%, 2.8 FTA, 2.7 TOV

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