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NBA Draft 2016: The Utah Jazz worked out nearly 100 players, where do they rank?

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It pays to do your due diligence. And it looks like the Utah Jazz scouted out the undrafted rookies very well.

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The Utah Jazz leave no stone unturned. When it comes to the NBA Draft they the front office, the basketball people, and especially the scouts are working their butts off. They consistently maximize their results from their diligence and have acquired a number of good players from unlikely sources over the years, Rodney Hood (#23), Rudy Gobert (#27), and Raul Neto (#47) are all solid examples of getting NBA level starters (and possible stars) from outside of the Top 5. As a result, I have complete confidence in what they are doing. Unfortunately, I would still love to understand their method and/or their madness. This year they worked out 97 players, and only two are projected to go in the lottery this year. That makes sense, because yesterday they traded their lottery pick. One wonders what else can we learn from the clues they have left behind?

Let us take a look at where the guys they worked out actually rank (Ranking based on the consensus rank and average draft spot calculation):

Lotto Picks College Avg # End of the line College Avg #
Deyonta Davis Michigan St. 11.97 Elgin Cook Oregon 75.00
Domantas Sabonis Gonzaga 12.32 Alex Caruso Texas A&M 75.60
Isaiah Taylor Texas 76.14
Late 1st Round College Avg # Marshall Plumlee Duke 76.86
Denzel Valentine Michigan St. 18.63 Shawn Long Louisiana 77.29
Dejounte Murray Washington 20.09 Alpha Kaba [x] INTL - France 81.00
Malachi Richardson Syracuse 20.44 Kyle Collinsworth BYU 84.50
Ante Zizic INTL - Croatia 23.32 Tim Quarterman LSU 84.71
Demetrius Jackson Notre Dame 24.47 Brannen Greene Kansas 86.00
Thon Maker INTL - Sudan / Australia 27.11 DyShawn Pierre Dayton 89.00
David Walker Northeastern 90.00
Around #42 - #60 College Avg # Rosco Allen Stanford 90.25
Gary Payton II Oregon St. 41.81 Jalen Jones Texas A&M 92.00
Pascal Siakam New Mexico St. 44.11 Jalen Reynolds Xavier 93.00
Michael Gbinije Syracuse 48.42 Tyler Harris Auburn 93.00
Jarrod Uthoff Iowa 52.24 Thomas Walkup Stephen F. Austin 93.33
Dorian Finney-Smith Florida 57.83 Bryn Forbes Michigan St. 96.00
Ryan Arcidiacono Villanova 97.67
"Finger's crossed!" College Avg # Nikola Jovanovic Southern California 98.00
Yogi Ferrell Indiana 63.78 Nathan Boothe Toledo 99.00
Fred VanVleet Wichita St. 63.89 Andrew Andrews Washington 99.33
James Webb III Boise St. 64.11
Kyle Wiltjer Gonzaga 66.75 After 100 College Avg #
Ron Baker Wichita St. 67.33 Josh Scott Colorado 100.50
Damion Lee Louisville 68.29 Ryan Anderson Arizona 103.00
Gracin Bakumanya INTL - Congo 68.63 Marcus Georges-Hunt Georgia Tech 106.50
Tyrone Wallace California 69.13 Anthony Gill Virginia 107.50
Marcus Paige North Carolina 69.88 Shavon Shields Nebraska 110.00
Josh Adams Wyoming 72.00 Retin Obasohan Alabama 121.00
Julian Jacobs USC 72.43 Jameel McKay Iowa St. 123.00
Zach Auguste Notre Dame 74.20 Alex Hamilton Louisiana Tech 124.00

As you can see, the majority of these guys are not projected to even be drafted. And I didn't even include the legion of guys who didn't even get a SINGLE draft or big board rank from 40 sources. For what it is worth, those guys were: Abdel Nadar, Andrew White III, Angel Rodriguez, Anthony Beane, Brandon Taylor, Chase Fischer, Chris Fowler, Chris Smith, Codi Miller-McIntyre, Dakarai Tucker, Eric McClellan, Ethan Telfair, Gavin Ware, James Robinson, Jaron Blossomgame, John Brown, Jordan Loveridge, Jordan Sakho, Jordan Tolbert, Josh Gray, Josh Hagins, Kenny Gaines, Malik Pope, Marcus Gilbert, Mathias Lessort, Matt Costello, Matthew TIby, Max Hooper, Max Landis, Michael Bryson, Michael Carrera, Mike Tobey, Nic Moore, Nigel Hayes, Obi Emegano, Quincy Ford, SHaq Goodwin, Tanner Plomb, Trevor Cooney, Trey Freeman, Trey Lewis, Tyler Dorsey, and Vince Edwards.

*IF* the Utah Jazz are going to move back into the last 1st, as most of us are wishing for, then it's going to be only if someone they like is on the board. Do they like any of these guys that they worked out? Hopefully.

But all in all, this year's group wasn't that impressive to begin with. Or maybe I'm just jaded about having to learn all about a hundred new guys for three years in a row?

I dunno.

I do love the NBA Draft. And I do still expect the Jazz to "wow" me tonight with something they do.