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Jazz Rank: Nigel Williams-Goss voted 14th

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Has he progressed enough overseas?

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Another round is in the books, and the next man up is Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss. Nigel was a very productive college basketball player for both the University of Washington and Gonzaga. He senior season for the Zags was especially productive, earning him the WCC Player of the Year and and several college All-American teams.

He likely entered the draft with higher hopes than the 55th overall pick, but the Utah Jazz took him in the 2nd round in 2017. They retained his draft rights as he went to play overseas and get more experience. He started in Serbia and played for Partizan, eventually earning the Serbian Cup MVP. Last summer he signed a 3 year deal with Olympiacos but only ended up playing 1 year with the squad.

The Jazz decided to buy out his contract and bring him back over this year, hoping that his experience in other leagues has developed his game enough to justify a spot in the NBA. At 6-3 with a 6-7 wingspan, he’s got great size for a point guard. Shooting 40+% from three will always be a huge help for rotation minutes in the NBA. I was glad to see his game improve in Europe and he could be a nice deep reserve for the Jazz, with the potential to develop into the backup point guard.

He doesn’t have elite athleticism, so that might be his biggest issue in translating his game to the NBA. But he does seem to have some craftiness to him that helps him in the pick and roll, something the Jazz run on the regular.

Let’s keep pushing on and move up to the next spot on the roster!

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Who is the 13th most valuable player on the Utah Jazz roster?

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  • 0%
    Bojan Bogdanovic
    (1 vote)
  • 30%
    Tony Bradley
    (105 votes)
  • 0%
    Mike Conley
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Ed Davis
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Dante Exum
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Rudy Gobert
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Jeff Green
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Joe Ingles
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Donovan Mitchell
    (1 vote)
  • 6%
    Emmanuel Mudiay
    (22 votes)
  • 6%
    Georges Niang
    (21 votes)
  • 0%
    Royce O’Neale
    (1 vote)
  • 52%
    Miye Oni
    (179 votes)
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