NBA Mock Draft 2013 Roundup: Fourteen different mock drafts, and who they think the Utah Jazz will pick

Joern Pollex

Last week we took the day off because my cousin David J. Smith had this one lock for weareutahjazz.com -- so this week I'm going to give him a break. Here's who people think the Utah Jazz will draft.

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First Round, Pick #14

Mock Draft Author Date Round 1, Pick 14
1 Bleacher Report A.Klay June 3 2013 Michael Carter-Williams G Syracuse
2 CBS J.Goodman May 22 2013 Shane Larkin G Miami
3 Draft Express J.Givony June 3 2013 Shane Larkin G Miami
4 ESPN C.Ford June 4 2013 Dennis Schroeder G Germany
5 HoospHype A.Smith May 21 2013 Michael Carter-Williams G Syracuse
6 NBA . Com S.Howard-Cooper May 22 2013 Dennis Schroeder G Germany
7 NBA . Com Consensus May 30 2013 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope G Georgia
8 NBA Draft . Net Unknown June 1 2013 Mason Plumlee F Duke
9 NBA Draft Insider K.Habbas May 30 2013 Dennis Schroeder G Germany
10 Rotoworld S.Alexander May 26 2013 Dennis Schroeder G Germany
11 SB Nation J.Tjarks June 3 2013 Dennis Schroeder G Germany
12 Sporting News S.Deveney May 21 2013 Dennis Schroeder G Germany
13 Sports Illustrated C.Mannix May 29 2013 Dennis Schroeder G Germany
14 The Hoops Report R.Feldman May 22 2013 Dario Saric F Croatia

Do we see a pattern here? Yes, I think we do. Only two guys have us NOT picking a PG. Most everyone has us picking the same guy. So I worry he won't be available for us (which was the case back in the Roy Hibbert draft and the Greg Monroe draft).

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First Round, Pick #21

Mock Draft Author Date Round 1, Pick 21
1 Bleacher Report A.Klay June 3 2013 Tony Snell F New Mexico
2 CBS J.Goodman May 22 2013 Archie Goodwin G Kentucky
3 Draft Express J.Givony June 3 2013 Dario Saric F Croatia
4 ESPN C.Ford June 4 2013 Kelly Olynyk F Gonzaga
5 HoospHype A.Smith May 21 2013 Shane Larkin G Miami
6 NBA . Com S.Howard-Cooper May 22 2013 Steven Adams C Pittsburgh
7 NBA . Com Consensus May 30 2013
8 NBA Draft . Net Unknown June 1 2013 Shane Larkin G Miami
9 NBA Draft Insider K.Habbas May 30 2013 Reggie Bullock G North Carolina
10 Rotoworld S.Alexander May 26 2013 Tony Mitchell F North Texas
11 SB Nation J.Tjarks June 3 2013 Kelly Olynyk F Gonzaga
12 Sporting News S.Deveney May 21 2013 Shane Larkin G Miami
13 Sports Illustrated C.Mannix May 29 2013 Rudy Gobert C France
14 The Hoops Report R.Feldman May 22 2013 Shane Larkin G Miami

There are a lot of guys who were or still are bubble lotto picks falling to us somehow. I'm not going to be mad.

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Second Round, Pick #46

Mock Draft Author Date Round 2, Pick 46
1 Bleacher Report A.Klay June 3 2013
2 CBS J.Goodman May 22 2013 James Southerland F Syracuse
3 Draft Express J.Givony June 3 2013 Marko Todorovic G Serbia & Montenegro
4 ESPN C.Ford June 4 2013
5 HoospHype A.Smith May 21 2013
6 NBA . Com S.Howard-Cooper May 22 2013
7 NBA . Com Consensus May 30 2013
8 NBA Draft . Net Unknown June 1 2013 Pierre Jackson G Baylor
9 NBA Draft Insider K.Habbas May 30 2013 Richard Howell F N.C. State
10 Rotoworld S.Alexander May 26 2013
11 SB Nation J.Tjarks June 3 2013
12 Sporting News S.Deveney May 21 2013
13 Sports Illustrated C.Mannix May 29 2013
14 The Hoops Report R.Feldman May 22 2013 Tony Snell G New Mexico

Only 5 of the 14 mocks have a second round so far, so it's hard to tell what we CAN do based upon a little more than 1/3rd of the data points. This looks like the BPA move, and possibly a draft and stash move. I don't know. Last year we had the #47 and picked Kevin Murphy -- and he did nothing for us. Previously at that same spot we got Mo Williams and Paul Millsap. I hope we pick someone good at that spot. But the magic may have run out.

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Analysis-ish Stuff:

The first thing to note is that a couple of these mocks haven't really been updated that vigorously. CBS (J. Goodman), HoopsHype (A.Smith, no relation), NBA.com (S.Howard-Cooper), Sporting News (S.Deveney), and The Hoops Report (R.Feldman) are all still from right after the combine. As an aside, it was cool to meet a lot of these people. But their mock drafts are ancient by internet standards right now.

The second thing is that everyone sees us having a huge hard on for point guards. Sure, Mo Williams, Jamaal Tinsley, and Earl Watson are all free agents. So is combo guard Randy Foye. But I really expect the Jazz to bring at least two of those four guys back. Our overall off-season strategy involves the draft, but more than just the draft. So I don't expect the Jazz go to crazy on point guards. We're not picking three, or maybe not even two. However, these pros are all targeting PGs for us, which is nice of them.

I do think the Jazz aren't going to put the positional blinders on right now, after all they did draft Enes Kanter at #3 the season after acquiring Derrick Favors (the #3 the season before) -- and they play the same positions. We are a need based team, but we need everything.

That said, I'm not going to cry if we can somehow pick up Dennis, Shane, and some other guard.

If I was going to tell you which of these mocks I like the best (in terms of just what they have the Jazz doing) I would actually lean towards ESPN, SI, or the Hoops Report. Each of them has us picking up a strong PG, the first two have us getting a very interesting bigman -- while the Hoops Report has us picking up two very interesting wings. Dario Saric could be a big time scorer in the right system, and Tony Snell killed it at the combine. Am I at risk of overvalue-ing a) not having any info (Saric), and b) direct observational analysis (Snell)? Yes to both a) and b).

Anyway, it'll be fun to see what next week holds.

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