I have probably watched more player tape and listened to more Podcasts this year than I care to admit. Every player in this draft looks equally good and bad especially when watching Draft Express and other sites player profiles. However, prospects aside, doesn't this year's draft mean a just little more when it comes to the Jazz's big picture and how they want to move forward as an organization? So far this off season we have had only token moves to the past in order to peak Jazz fan interest by bringing in Karl Malone and Jerry Sloan. Really those are more minor administrative or coaching moves. If Tyrone is unwilling to bring in a veteran coach on the bench, then having one on staff makes sense for the Jazz.
What the Utah Jazz do starting this Thursday with the draft will point towards answering some of the following questions. Are the Jazz too conservative? Have the Jazz learned anything from the Al Jefferson fiasco? Did the Jazz learn anything from watching the playoffs? What is the Jazz's philosophy going to be when it comes to a future offense or defense. More importantly, what is the new GM going to do? Obviously, something is going to finally happen this Thursday. Will the Jazz move up, down, make a trade for a current NBA player or try to pick up more picks for next year?
Dennis Lindsey has stated that the Jazz will be very aggressive during the draft. Well we all thought the same thing at the trade deadline. Now some could argue that with the number of non-deals that they supposedly put together, that other teams refused to bite on, that the Jazz were aggressive at the trade deadline?? However, if this happens again on draft night and the Jazz do nothing outside of picking where they are slated, then I believe some fans will start to think that the new GM talks a good game but can't deliver one.
What did the Jazz learn from the playoffs? Well I think most fans would agree that more defense is in order as well as more shooting and size/length on the perimeter and or front court would help. See Al Jefferson's departure in the off season as true proof that the Jazz did in fact learn something about defense. Secondly, will what happens on draft night reenforce that philosophy or will the players the Jazz pick only confound most fans? There are probably only a handful of potential two way players in this draft. Will the Jazz find one of those or will we get more offensive type picks with defensive liability? I see Olynyk as a classic Boozer/Jefferson type player which means more of the same. There are a number of prospects in the Jazz range at 14 that seem to play little to no defense. Certainly picking someone with above average NBA size and length at their position is a good defensive start when drafting.
Will the draft show that once again the Jazz are too conservative? Will the Jazz draft for future upside or will they go with the best role player available. Will the Jazz target a player, and actually make a deal to get that player come draft night? Will that Jazz make a move that makes sense to most Jazz fans? DL you are on the clock, I think many fans are hoping for a Leonard type move/pick for the Jazz this year. I will be there at the Jazz party on Thursday anxiously awaiting some sort of move that shows we will be more in the future that what we have been in our recent past. Karl's back, Jerry's back, let's hope some magic is back in this years draft as well.