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NBA Draft 2015: Utah Jazz select Trey lyles from Kentucky with 12th pick of the draft

With the #12 pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz think they have their guy.

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The Utah Jazz have selected/traded for bigman Trey Lyles from Kentucky. I think this is pretty fine, on it's own, because it fits in well with what the team is trying to do. It's just a downer because most Jazz fans were interested in getting someone a little more overtly dynamic, or perhaps someone they liked was picked just a few spots earlier. Either way, though, I don't think Jazz fans should be upset. Trey has big game experience, has that Carlos Boozer range on his shot, and is still only 19.6 years old. He's going to get better and better. The hardworking Canadian big will compliment Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert inside; however, he's just not that great of an outside shooter to be called a true stretch big.

Player Information:

  • 6'10.25" / 241 / 19.6 at the NBA Draft Combine
  • A legit big, with 7'1.5" wingspan, and pretty big hands. He does have 12.1% body fat and needs to go to P3 immedaitely
  • A one and done player in Kentucky, he played 23.0 mpg, while shooting .488 from the floor, he makes his free throws, .735, which is great! Threes? Not so much, only .138 last year, as he went 4/29
  • Highly regarded out of high school, will play for Team Canada this summer in the FIBA Americas tournament

How does he fit with the Jazz:

He is really good on offense, has good hands, and has a high shot IQ. He can score with his back to the basket, and hit up spot up jumpers from 18' and in. He's Boozer-ish, he's not athletic, he's not a defender, but he comes from a strong program and is a winner. He supports our bigs off the bench, but does not push them.

Jazz Roster / Depth Chart:

Bottom Line:

Best player available, good offensive talent. A younger, nicer Enes Kanter who isn't more athletic or better on defense.