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Should the Utah Jazz trade the 21st pick in 2018 NBA Draft?

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Moving up or down always brings with it inherent risk

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Fans of teams drafting in the latter end of the first round really only have two options when it comes to talking about the draft: who might be a late-round steal (or solid value), or trading the pick for something better. That something better could be a player or it could be a higher pick, it doesn’t really matter.

Drafting for players can be absolutely terrifying in it’s own right, but trading for or trading away draft picks is an different animal entirely. While a team can strike it absolutely rich (Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert), the move can just as easily backfire (Trey Burke, Trey Lyles).

This risk has Fansided writer Mason McFee saying the Jazz shouldn’t trade the 21st pick. He gives several examples and makes a solid case for his opinion. I myself would certainly not be opposed to moving around given the right deal, but he makes his case. What do you guys think?

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Should the Jazz trade the 21st pick?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Yes, they should prioritize moving up
    (156 votes)
  • 3%
    Yes, they should try to move down
    (36 votes)
  • 68%
    Yes, if the right deal comes along
    (647 votes)
  • 10%
    No
    (102 votes)
941 votes total Vote Now

The Starters handed out some imaginary hardware the other day. It was focussed entirely on the playoffs and while it had some generic categories (MVP, Best rookie/dunk, etc.), there were also a couple of fun categories.

Two Jazzmen — Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles — were nominated, both getting two nominations.

Mitchell was nominated for Best Rookie and Best Dunk of the playoffs. He was given Best Rookie, but his hanging tip-slam lost out to Giannis Antetokounmpo’s dunk (or series of dunks based on what they said in the video) all over Aron Baynes.

Compare and contrast, see if you agree.

The two awards Ingles was considered for was, first, Funniest Presser moment, where he joked about Rudy Gobert getting an assist in the post-game conference. Then he got consideration for Breakout Player.

In other recent news, Michael Jordan re-released the Air Jordan 14. If you’re familiar with MJ history, it’s the shoe he wore when he pushed off prior to hitting a game and finals-winning shot in the 1998 NBA Finals. That event took place 20 years ago Thursday.

These shoes are now most associated with that event and the capstone of Jordan’s spectacular career. It’s also a bitter reminder for Jazz fans in Salt Lake City.

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Did Jordan push off?

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  • 23%
    Yes
    (154 votes)
  • 76%
    Yes he did
    (494 votes)
648 votes total Vote Now

On the note of MJ’s shot, the Utah Jazz Instagram account published a salty comment, speaking for Jazz fandom on a video of said shot.

And there’s yet another round of draft workouts coming through the Beehive State.

Is it just me, or are the Jazz only working out guards and wings?