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Utah's Lucky # 47

Mo Williams and Paul Millsap were both drafted by the Utah Jazz, both with the 47th pick within 3 years of each other. They were considered 2nd-round steals wisely coveted by Utah as they turned out to play like mid-first-round picks are expected to / hope to perform. And, well, Kevin Murphy didn't fit the hopeful pattern I guess, as one of the most recent of Utah's 47th picks. Not yet anyway. And then there was also AK 47- not that he was picked 47th but it's another positive sign/number in Utah's recent history showing up again. Last year Lindsay put a cherry on top of his wizardry trickery where after using Utah's 46th pick (and $$) to get Rudy Gobert with the 27th pick, then later got the Hawks' 47th pick, Raul Neto. Anyway, I think the story went something like that. Don't want to spend the time re-confirming that, but if anyone else wants to help me out here, please, by all means, educate me.

But all this talk of 47 brings me to DraftExpress' 47th projected pick for this year's draft, Deonte Burton. Deonte Burton played in a less talented, less competitive conference (WAC) as the senior point guard for Nevada. At 6'0, he brings 6'7 wingspan with a 39.5" max vertical. Aaron Gordon's was 39". This past season, Burton averaged 20 pts, 4 ast, 4 reb, 1.5 steals, 0,5 blocks, and almost 1 AND-1 per game (24 And-1's on the season with 6.9 FTA per game his senior and junior years). His 3P shooting his senior and junior years was not great (30-31% 3P), but better his freshman and sophomore seasons, so his career average is around 33-34 %. He might be taking too many ill-advised shots, but the dude is quick, has a lot of spring in his jump, very quick first step, and can play above the rim. Best of all, he brings a lot of defense with his game. He's good at closing out on shooters, defending with quick lateral speed and his wingspan is useful for disrupting passes and knocking away balls and getting steals. He could be a great backup PG or someone who can come in and provide a shock of defense to an overwhelming opponents offense. Our version of OKC's Reggie Jackson or Boston's Avery Bradley. Burton will be 23 in June.

Here is his DraftExpress scouting video:

Here is a video of Deonte Burton (6'0) out-dunking Zach Lavine (6'5). He's the one dunking at the end in the grey shirt with the wrap-around-slam at the end:

So, a passing hypothetical thought: I'm a big fan of Utah using their 23rd and 35th pick to get someone in the top 20 (14 - 18 range), but if Utah didn't have to give up their 2nd round pick, then they'd essentially be sliding their 23rd pick up the ladder. So, what if Utah trades their 35th pick for the 47th (lucky 47!) and one more second round pick. A team that could do that easily? The Philadelphia 76ers. They have 5 2nd-round picks out of 7 total. So Utah uses the 47th pick to get Deonte Burton, if he's available, and use the other 2nd round pick combined with the 23rd to slide the 23rd pick up and get a top 20 pick (maybe deal with the Celtics or the Bulls who are in need of cheaper contracts). I know we are essentially giving up the 35th pick, but possibly for a prospect that should be ranked a little higher than he currently is (as was the case with Rodney Hood and Cleanthony Early, early on in the basketball season) but also getting an extra asset in the process which is used to move Utah's 23rd pick up. Really, this probably seems mostly unnecessary, just to get the 47th pick, if that player is available then, which he very well may not be as its late in the 2nd round. I'm just big on his skill set. I think Utah should consider him at 35th. Although, Glenn Robinson led the combine in the max vertical jump and a few other categories as well as being a pretty decent wing. So if he's still around, he could be a good option too. I just think Burton brings rare and intense defense to the point guard position (there are a lot of good point guards in the NBA and even backup PG's like Jamal Crawford), which is rare in Utah's backcourt in recent history.

Utah could also trade 23 and 35 for Phoenix's 18 and 50. Then use 50 & $$$ to get whoever has Burton if he's already picked up by then. If he's not picked up by then, Utah picks him up.

I felt I was right about Aaron Gordon, Kyle Anderson, and Cleanthony Early. And I might be right about Deonte Burton too.

All comments are the opinion of the commenter and not necessarily that of SLC Dunk or SB Nation.

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