NBA Draft 2014: Utah Jazz Mock Draft Round-up 1.0

Michael Dodge

It begins.

The NBA Draft is only a month away, and the Utah Jazz have three picks to play with. While I fully-well expect Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey to make at least one move on draft night, and the utility of trying to see who we will pick at a given spot may be limited -- we're still going to do it now that the lottery has passed.

Utah will pick at #5, #23, and #35. And among the 20 mock drafts I track we got some pretty interesting ideas of WHO will will be picking up.

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1st Round, Pick #5:

Player Rk POS HT " WT From XP Age (f)
1 Dante Exum 4.50 1 2 6 6 78 188 (Australia) 1 18 6
2 Julius Randle 5.45 4 6 9 81 225 Kentucky 1 19 6
3 Noah Vonleh 6.40 4 5 6 10 82 240 Indiana 1 18 5
4 Aaron Gordon 7.70 4 6 8 80 210 Arizona 1 18 3

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! A guy with upside is the most frequently selected player here so far! We're not crazy about adding another power forward, but I think many fans will be happy with a dynamic combo guard. Well, not Alec Burks fans, but still! I'm cheating a bit here because Randle and Exum tied here. And in the future I think we'll see more and more mocks moving Exum beyond our grasp. Both players would be boons to have, so we honestly shouldn't get upset -- unless it means making Enes Kanter come off the bench in his fourth year in the league.

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1st Round, Pick #23

Player Rk POS HT " WT From XP Age (f)
1 K.J. McDaniels 24.65 3 6 6 78 200 Clemson 3 21 5
2 T.J. Warren 19.63 3 4 6 8 80 233 NC State 2 20 2
3 Cleanthony Early 25.76 3 6 8 80 215 Wichita St 4 23 2
4 Kristaps Porzingis 29.53 4 6 11 83 220 (Latvia) 18 2
5 Rodney Hood 17.40 2 6 8 80 180 Duke 2 21 1
6 Jusuf Nurkic 20.33 5 6 11 83 280 (Bosnia) 19 1
7 Clint Capela 21.65 4 6 11 83 222 (Switzerland) 19 1
8 Shabazz Napier 25.24 1 6 0 72 170 Connecticut 4 22 1
9 Jordan Adams 30.73 2 6 5 77 220 UCLA 2 19 1
10 Bogdan Bogdanovic 34.62 2 6 6 78 200 (Serbia) 21 1
11 C.J. Wilcox 34.71 2 6 5 77 180 Washington 4 23 1
12 Jordan Clarkson 35.00 1 2 6 4 76 180 Missouri 3 21 1

Way more different players selected here, but still, there's a winner: K.J. I'm not mad. DraftExpress has K.J. at #20, and he's an athlete who plays defense. Defense. All. Day. His offense is a problem, but in that case he would fit in with the rest of our team. My idea, and it's a crazy one, is to actually set up some deal where we draft someone at #23 and TRADE that pick for Glenn Robinson III. But that's just me. Mock drafts don't look into trades, and we know that is all DL is working on right now. Early is a nice 'get' here too, but I think GRIII is NBA ready at one thing already, a thing we are bad at. If Rodney is available at #23 you take him though. And you run away and don't look back.

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2nd Round, Pick #35

Player Rk POS HT " WT From XP Age (f)
1 DeAndre Daniels 34.50 3 6 7 79 191 Connecticut 3 22 3
2 C.J. Wilcox 34.71 2 6 5 77 180 Washington 4 23 3
3 Bogdan Bogdanovic 34.62 2 6 6 78 200 (Serbia) 21 2
4 Walter Tavares 42.60 5 7 2 86 265 (Cape Verde) 22 2
5 Jerami Grant 22.89 3 6 8 80 203 Syracuse 2 20 1
6 K.J. McDaniels 24.65 3 6 6 78 200 Clemson 3 21 1
7 Mitch McGary 32.94 4 6 10 82 250 Michigan 2 21 1
8 Jarnell Stokes 36.67 4 6 8 80 250 Tennessee 3 20 1
9 Semaj Christon 42.46 1 6 3 75 187 Xavier 2 21 1
10 Isaiah Austin 44.09 4 7 0 84 215 Baylor 2 20 1
11 Markel Brown 48.30 2 6 3 75 190 Oklahoma St 4 22 1
12 Joe Harris 53.20 2 6 6 78 211 Virginia 4 22 1
13 C.J. Fair 53.22 3 6 8 80 212 Syracuse 4 22 1

Trying to predict the second round is like trying to figure out how much a newborn will sleep on any given night. It's worth while to do it, but rarely is it ever accurate. The wing parade continues here, and honestly, I think that's what DL and crew have been focusing on this year. We see K.J. and Boggy^2 here as well. Of interest is Mitch. He's a stretch big who played with Trey Burke before. He has some off-the-court issues to work out, but we all know that Klay Thompson didn't become a bad pro because of the same off-the-court issues. I'd welcome him here if he's available at #35. I don't know enough about DeAndre, C.J., or the Boggyman to speak intelligently about them though. But I do know that Ike Austin's kid has a crazy motor. But we already have a skinnier, bigger guy in Rudy Gobert. Similarly, Tavares would be wasted here.

I will say that I do not want Joe Harris. Sorry dude.

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There are some interesting players showing up, some of them at more than one spot. I don't know how conscientious the mock drafters are with regards to our team (the Utah Jazz), our roster, and our needs. But overall I'm okay with whatever, as long as we get a non-power forward with our first pick.

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Mock Drafts used:
Just NBA Draft All Sports Just Basketball Internet Only Other
1 DraftExpress CBS - Gary Harris Basketball Insiders Bleacher Report Walter Football
2 MyNBADraft CBS - Matt Moore HoopsHype FanSided
3 NBA Draft Insider CBS - Zach Harper Inside Hoops SB Nation
4 NBADraft.net ESPN - Chad Ford NBA.com
5 The Draft Review Sports Illustrated Sheridan Hoops
6 The Sporting News
All mock drafts updated this week (5/19 - 5/21)
Except Sheridan Hoops, and The Draft Review

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