Today, between Free Agent mini-camp sessions, the Utah Jazz worked out point guards CJ McCollum of Lehigh and Scott Bamforth of Weber St. This seems like just a "normal" one on one workout today where one of the guys doesn't even exist on my big board for the NBA Draft (which is pushing 200 players). So this tells me that the Jazz know who CJ is, but just wanted to see him again, run him through some stuff, and have an interview with him again. (I am certain they talked with him in Chicago)
|Wednesday, June 12th, 2013||2012-2013 NCAA Statistics|
|1||C.J. McCollum||@CJMcCollum||PG||6'2.25||197||21||Lehigh||SR||Sam Goldfeder||12||31.0||23.9||5.0||2.9||1.1||1.4||0.3||34.7|
|2||Scott Bamforth||@Sbam04||PG||6'2 *||190 *||?||Weber St.||JR||--||37||31.1||14.0||3.8||2.4||1.9||1.0||0.1||22.9|
For those keeping score at home, the Jazz have now worked out 10 different point guards: Scott Bamforth, Lorenzo Brown, Pierre Jackson, Myck Kabongo, Shane Larkin, Dennis Schroeder, Peyton Siva, Michael Snaer, and Nate Wolters. Those 10 guys are all over the map in terms of being lottery picks, bubble first round guys, or just straight up work out fodder. According to ESPN's Chad Ford these guys are the #3, #4, #5, #6, #8, #10, #14, #16 point guards on his list, and the #17 shooting guard (the 6'3.5" Snaer).The Jazz will continue to have work outs for all types of players moving forward to the NBA Draft on June 27th. However, we can't pretend that PG isn't an issue for us. The Jazz have worked out 10 guys at point guard, while only working out 3 at shooting guard, 5 at small forward, 4 at power forward, and 5 at center.
It's not a bad move to try to find at least ONE solid rotation PG from the NBA draft if you can. It should be easier when you have picks at #14, #21, and #46. It isn't a necessity, but it very well could be as for the Top 5 ball handlers (excluding the 6'8 Gordon Hayward) from last season a whopping four of them are unrestricted free agents: Mo Williams, Randy Foye (combo guard), Jamaal Tinsley, and Earl Watson.
I would not be surprised to see if Isaiah Canaan, Erick Green, and Ray McCallum make stops in Utah over the next few days -- giving us almost all the point guards possible for us to look at. It's almost as if Dennis Lindsey is [puts on glasses] making a POINT of scouting these guys before the NBA Draft.