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NBA Draft 2015: Utah Jazz mock draft round up 1

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Checking in on 27 different mock drafts, and sifting through all the data

Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Jazz are going to start the draft process with three pics: #12, #42, and #54. Of course, it's likely that the Jazz aren't going to leave the night with those three picks, General Manager Dennis Lindsey is quick to pull the trigger in order to get the player he wants. So, we need to take these mock drafts with a grain of salt . . . but for us fans, it's a great way to find out who other people think the Utah Jazz are going to take. Moreover, it's an important way to see which players are around the area where we will draft. I'm going to be honest, I'm not crazy about some of the players who's names are popping up. But then again, I've been very crazy about some names that never even did anything at the NBA level (Morris Almond, MarShon Brooks, Myck Kabongo). We all have hits and misses when we look at the draft, but one thing I've learned over the years is that Dennis Lindsey is a wizard. And while national writes, people from old and new media, and fans alike think they can guess what the Jazz will do -- it's obvious that none of us know how it's all going to play out next June. Anyway, let is begin.

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Pick #12

Site Class Type Author n Date Player POS From cRank cAVG
1 Sporting News Old Media Mock S.Deveney 30 20-May Mario Hezonja SF/SG Croatia 8 7.63
2 Bleacher Report New Media Mock J.Wasserman 30 19-May Myles Turner C Texas 10 11.07
3 SB Nation New Media Mock AllThatAmar 30 20-May Myles Turner C Texas 10 11.07
4 NBA.COM Official Site Mock S.Howard-Cooper 30 20-May Frank Kaminsky PF Wisconsin 11 11.78
5 Draft Express Draft Expert Mock J.Givony 60 19-May Frank Kaminsky PF Wisconsin 11 11.78
6 Washington Times Old Media Mock Banks & Kay 60 20-May Frank Kaminsky PF Wisconsin 11 11.78
7 MyNBADraft.com New Media Mock -- 60 19-May Frank Kaminsky PF Wisconsin 11 11.78
8 SB Nation New Media Mock K.O'Connor 30 20-May Frank Kaminsky PF Wisconsin 11 11.78
9 CBS Sports Old Media Mock G.Parrish 60 19-May Devin Booker SG Kentucky 12 13.33
10 Basketball Insiders New Media Mock S.Kyler 30 20-May Devin Booker SG Kentucky 12 13.33
11 FanSided New Media Mock C.Gomer 30 20-May Devin Booker SG Kentucky 12 13.33
12 Inside Hoops New Media Mock -- 20 19-May Devin Booker SG Kentucky 12 13.33
13 Sheridan Hoops New Media Mock J.Kotoch 30 19-May Devin Booker SG Kentucky 12 13.33
14 Draft Express Draft Expert Big Board J.Givony 100 20-May Kelly Ourbre Jr. SF Kansas 13 14.30
15 CBS Sports Old Media Mock S.Vecenie 60 20-May Kelly Ourbre Jr. SF Kansas 13 14.30
16 USA Today Old Media Mock D.Bodner 60 20-May Kelly Ourbre Jr. SF Kansas 13 14.30
17 Basketball Insiders New Media Mock A.Kennedy 30 20-May Kelly Ourbre Jr. SF Kansas 13 14.30
18 NBADraft.NET Draft Expert Mock -- 60 19-May Sam Dekker SF/SG Wisconsin 14 14.37
19 HoopsHype.com New Media Mock -- 30 19-May Sam Dekker SF/SG Wisconsin 14 14.37
20 ESPN Draft Expert Mock C.Ford 30 20-May Trey Lyles PF Kentucky 15 15.67
21 ESPN Draft Expert Big Board C.Ford 100 20-May Trey Lyles PF Kentucky 15 15.67
22 Sports Illustrated Old Media Mock S.Mannix 30 20-May Trey Lyles PF Kentucky 15 15.67
23 ESPN Old Media Mock K.Pelton 30 21-May Cameron Payne PG Murray St 16 16.48
24 Basketball Insiders New Media Mock J.Brigham 30 20-May Bobby Portis PF Arkansas 17 16.65
25 Basketball Insiders New Media Mock M.Hamilton 30 20-May Bobby Portis PF Arkansas 17 16.65
26 Lottery Mafia New Media Mock Z.Reynolds 60 20-May Jerian Grant PG Notre Dame 18 17.08
27 CBS Sports Old Media Mock Z.Harper 60 20-May Kevon Looney SF/PF UCLA 19 17.81

At this spot, at the end of the lotto, we see everyone from the 8th best player (according to the Consensus mock rankings) to the 19th best going to the Jazz. I'm not going to say that the Consensus mock draft rankings are the be all and end all, after all, they are based upon subjective rankings by each individual person making a mock, or a big board. That said, Mario to the Jazz (Deveney, Sporting News) would delight me to no end because he's Ante Tomic's fellow countryman and teammate in Spain right now. Prying him away from Ante would be some Game of Thrones type of stuff. Of course, I don't see 11 teams passing on him. The rest of the mocks have the Jazz either going big (Myles Turner, Frank Kaminsky, Trey Lyles, Bobby Portis, Kevon Looney) or a wing (Devin Booker, Kelly Oubre Jr., Sam Dekker). There are two point guards -- but I strongly feel like the Jazz aren't going to go for one three years in a row in the lotto.

For the wings, outside of Mario, I'm not really in love with anyone. We're seeing a lot people going for Booker here, but his face reminds me too much of Blake Griffin, and that's a deal breaker. For the bigs it's a reach to feel that Turner will be available, but I think it's possible. He's not the stretch big that we're looking for, but if we are going for one, I want one who is going to be able to do that at an NBA level. Is that Frank The Tank? Maybe. Time will tell.

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Pick #42

Site Class Type Author n Date Player POS From cRank cAVG
1 CBS Sports Old Media Mock S.Vecenie 60 20-May Rakeem Christmas PF/C Syracuse 36 37.15
2 Draft Express Draft Expert Mock J.Givony 60 19-May Timothe Luwawu SG France 39 38.21
3 USA Today Old Media Mock D.Bodner 60 20-May Mouhammadou Jaiteh C France 40 38.91
4 Washington Times Old Media Mock Banks & Kay 60 20-May J.P. Tokoto SG North Carolina 45 42.36
5 MyNBADraft.com New Media Mock -- 60 19-May Olivier Hanlan PG/SG Boston College 48 43.42
6 CBS Sports Old Media Mock G.Parrish 60 19-May Jonathan Holmes SF Texas 50 45.56
7 Draft Express Draft Expert Big Board J.Givony 100 20-May Nikola Milutinov C Serbia 51 48.09
8 NBADraft.NET Draft Expert Mock -- 60 19-May Joseph Young SG Oregon 53 48.22
9 CBS Sports Old Media Mock Z.Harper 60 20-May Tyler Harvey SG E. Washington 54 48.25
10 Lottery Mafia New Media Mock Z.Reynolds 60 20-May Marc Garcia SG Spain 60 53.00
11 ESPN Draft Expert Big Board C.Ford 100 20-May Pat Connaughton SG Notre Dame 82 70.00

Understandably, there are fewer people doing a 2nd round in mock drafts right now, and as a result, there are only 11 names here, and not 27. Also, it's understandable that there is very little consensus for players that will either be around, or picked by the Jazz. For me I love all the variety of crazy names we are seeing. A few of the guys here are ranked higher than #42, which is our pick. So that's a value add right off the bat. I've liked Luwawu since the days of the first consensus mock draft, but I am not sold on his outside shot. Though, it would be nice to get a French speaking buddy for Rudy Gobert, now that Ian Clark is off the team. Another option is Mouhammadou Jaiteh, who used to be a lock for a 1st round pick. We'll see if he shows up in workouts; though, I don't know if we need another French center. A lot of who we pick here may take into account with what the Jazz do in the 1st round. For all we know this pick could be part of a draft day trade to move back into the 1st round.

But, this group is really about fixing some problems at guard, as 7 of the 11 are either PG, PG/SG, SG/PG, or SG/SFs. Is that how the Jazz will play it on draft night? If the right guy is available, sure.

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Pick #54

Site Class Type Author n Date Player POS From cRank cAVG
1 ESPN Draft Expert Big Board C.Ford 100 20-May Aleksandar Vezenkov SF Cyprus/Bulgaria 37 37.42
2 NBADraft.NET Draft Expert Mock -- 60 19-May Aleksandar Vezenkov SF Cyprus/Bulgaria 37 37.42
3 MyNBADraft.com New Media Mock -- 60 19-May Jonathan Holmes SF Texas 50 45.56
4 Washington Times Old Media Mock Banks & Kay 60 20-May Nikola Milutinov C Serbia 51 48.09
5 CBS Sports Old Media Mock G.Parrish 60 19-May Tyler Harvey SG E. Washington 54 48.25
6 CBS Sports Old Media Mock Z.Harper 60 20-May Moussa Diagne C Senegal 59 52.88
7 Draft Express Draft Expert Mock J.Givony 60 19-May Marc Garcia SG Spain 60 53.00
8 Draft Express Draft Expert Big Board J.Givony 100 20-May Chris Walker PF Florida 65 59.67
9 CBS Sports Old Media Mock S.Vecenie 60 20-May Arturas Gudaitis C Lithuania 71 61.75
10 USA Today Old Media Mock D.Bodner 60 20-May Treveon Graham SG VCU 72 62.40
11 Lottery Mafia New Media Mock Z.Reynolds 60 20-May Nenad Miljenovic PG Serbia 91 76.50

Hey, we hurd you love draft and stashes, so here are some draft and stashes for your draft and stashes. I don't know how many of these guys are ready to play in the NBA next season, but I am interested in Vezenkov, who at #37 is ranked waaaay ahead of the #54 draft spot. I honestly don't know enough about half of these guys to make any other comment about them.

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Looking at the selection here, for me, I'd be happy if the Jazz went BPA, BPA, BPA all the way down. It's more likely that the team will go BPA, and make two moves. Utah could be flying back to the #801 with three new players, but maybe only one of them is from one of these three original draft spots. Of the dudes listed above for potential draft picks at #12, the three guys I like the most are Myles Turner, Frank Kaminsky, and Kevon Looney. For #42, it's Luwawu, Tokoto, and Hanlan. And for #54 it's Vezenkov, Milutinov, and Garcia. I'm not going to be upset if we end up with some combination of those nine guys.

Of course, next week we'll have another set of Mock Drafts to plow through, and another selection for each of the three spots. I can't wait.