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The Downbeat #1380 - The Draft Certainties Edition

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This is finally happening:

That's right, David Wear is finally coming to SLC for a workout today.

Speculation about the draft is all over the place. Chad Ford says the Jazz like Exum. Draft Express has them passing on him for Vonleh. A bunch of people said a bunch of things about Embiid that the Cavs denied.

At this point, 10 days before the draft, it's probably best to take most "sourced" news with a grain of salt. Especially the more a player becomes destined to be picked by the Jazz. Remember Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansbrough were both shoe-ins for the Jazz. The Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward picks came out of nowhere. Everyone was shocked when we heard about the trade up last year. The point is: be ready for anything. That's what makes the draft so exciting.

Coach Snyder has a fan in Cleveland. Former Cavs beat writer, now NBA writer for Fox Sports Ohio, Sam Amico is a big fan:

Quin Snyder was made for the Utah Jazz. Or more accurately, Snyder was made to be an NBA coach.

Amico says he has followed Snyder his whole career and has no doubts the Jazz will improve.

Part of the talk swirling around Vonleh, is there is doubt in the basketball world that Favors can play PF in the modern NBA. This stance makes sense if you assume that Favors' is the player we saw last season, and there is no room for his shot to improve. This, of course, is debatable. Last year, Favors had his best shooting season, in a horrible offensive scheme. His TS% and eFG% were the highest of his career (.556 / .552). As he took on more offensive responsibility, he improved.

The other side of the argument is that he's not big enough to play C in the league.

Favors- 6'10" 246

Howard- 6'11" 240

The question is, does he have the strength to guard big C's in the league? Can he be coached to defensive improvement against them?

I'm putting this right here and I don't care what anyone says.

Good Luck to the USMNT from all of us at SLC Dunk