The word competitive can mean different things to different people. It seems like KOC and David Locke used that word in context of every game mattering. So it meant that losing out on the playoffs on the last game of the season was what they would consider competitive NBA basketball. I don't think that is enough to make the majority of Jazz fans happy. And thus I don't think it is going to make the Millers happy. Luckily it would appear that DL is now running the show, at least in front of the curtain, and his definition of competitive goes beyond just trying to make the playoffs.
Undoubtedly with this new idea of being competitive in the NBA in mind, it is obvious that the Jazz need a star. The team has to have that apex predator who on sheer will alone can drag the team beyond the first round of the playoffs. Al wasn't that. Sap wasn't that. As of right now Burke, Burks, Hayward, Favors, and Kanter aren't that. So where does that leave the Jazz? Picking 5th in a draft where that guy might not be there.
Now I am all about trading assets to get that guy. Why even have assets if not for that exact use right? And if DL deems that giving up the farm for the potential to draft Wiggins, Parker, or Embiid is worth it, I can get behind that. I just can't get behind the notion of the hype of these guys driving fans to say that it is for sure worth it. Not one of those three guys are a sure bet for superstardom. I don't even know if their floors are all that much higher than the guys projected to go behind them. The asking price for the opportunity to get one of those three is going to be enormous, to the point that the risk of their potential bustiness probably outweighs it. Especially considering there is a decent chance that the best player in this draft comes from picks 5-10, because those guys have almost as high of ceilings as the cream of this draft crop.
I am going to trust in the process, and if that is sitting at 5 and drafting the BPA, so be it. DL's best day in his entire GM tenure was last year's draft. He is going to do his homework. He is going to make deals that make sense. If one of those deals is to move up, awesome. If it is to move back to get more value and the guy he actually wants, awesome. And if it is to pick players at 5, 23, 35 and stand pat with the roster we have, awesome. He has a plan and has promised to not skip steps. I am going to be patient and let that plan fully materialize. Assuming that the right move is to trade Favors, Burks, the 5th pick, and next year's unprotected pick for Cleveland's pick is a knee jerk reaction to the disappointment of moving back in the lottery. I would rather .assume that DL knows where the real value of those assets are and that he will make the right moves. Starting now, this is going to be the season of patience.