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Utah Jazz draft pick Ante Tomic has missed the train to the NBA, according to Basketball Insiders' David Pick

Some still hold out hope, but as Gandalf said, it was only a fool's hope.

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Basketball Insider's overseas basketball expert David Pick feels as though the long awaited Utah Jazz draft selection of Ante Tomic is, well, going the way of the "draft and never come over" instead of the "draft and stash" ideal. He had a chat today (read it in full here at and said the following:

Q: Is Ante Tomic going to the NBA next year?

A: Ante Tomic has missed the train to the NBA. Furthermore, I'm told he's not even interested in going overseas to the league. Sources believe Tomic will renew his vows with Barcelona going forward. There is no question that he's a legit NBA talent - he can score, rebound, and pass. I just don't think the NBA is something Tomic is thinking about.

Well, that sucks. So the 2008 NBA Draft had the Jazz pick:

I think every team can play "What If" when it comes to past draft nights, but I feel as though most of us liked Tomic. He was a legit 7'2 big who had Pau Gasol like passing skills who could rebound and shoot a high percentage. He just never really wanted to come over as much as we wanted him to.

There isn't enough space inside for him, and Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Rudy Gobert, and Trevor Booker; so maybe it's for the best?

I guess he'll just have to exist in 'what if mode'.

In 16 games so far this season, Ante is averaging 11.75 ppg, 6.81 rpg, 1.25 apg, and shooting .610 in 20.7 mpg. The owner of a number of European cups (e.g. ringzz) and All-Euroleague 1st team honors looks to be happy as one of the biggest fish in a small pond, instead of having to defend guys like Dwight Howard, DeMarcus Cousins, and others all night long.

I only blame him because I'm a Utah Jazz fan and had been waiting for him to join the team, foolishly, for years.