Thoughts on 2018 NBA Draft

In this year's draft, the Utah Jazz held the 21st and the 52nd picks. The Jazz drafted Grayson Allen with the 21st pick, and traded the 52nd pick to the Rockets.

Grayson Allen spent four seasons with Duke University, and averaged 14.1 ppg, 1.0 spg, and 38% from behind the arc. He had a PER of 21.4, 18.8 win shares, and his three point percentage was 20th all time in the ACC.

I believe that Grayson Allen will be a perfect fit in Quin Snyder's system, especially if the Jazz get rid of Alec Burks. I was looking forward to the Jazz drafting Moritz Wagner, Donte DiVincenzo, or Aaron Holiday, but DiVincenzo went early, and the Jazz passed on both Wagner and Holiday. I thought the Jazz could have traded up for Keita Bates-Diop, who was chosen by the Timberwolves with the 45th pick. Bates-Diop is a solid 3 and D player who faced injuries during his four years with Ohio State. With Royce O'Neale, the Jazz probably would not have needed him anyways.

Grayson Allen is a great player who plays great as a moving scorer and a defender. What I questioned during the draft was Allen's mental toughness. In college, Grayson Allen was seen as a dirty player, as he would trip players and constantly draw hard fouls. He would also argue with the refs. If anything affects his progression in the NBA, it would be his mental toughness. This issue, however, should improve as he matures.

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