Comments on: 2014 NBA Draft Rankings: January Edition http://saltcityhoops.com/2014-nba-draft-rankings-january-edition/ The ESPN TrueHoop Utah Jazz Site Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:22:43 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: bowling ball strike zone http://saltcityhoops.com/2014-nba-draft-rankings-january-edition/#comment-34475 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:53:56 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=9502#comment-34475 If some oone needs to be updated with newest technologies then he must be go to see this website and be up to date daily.

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By: JT McKenna http://saltcityhoops.com/2014-nba-draft-rankings-january-edition/#comment-21125 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 09:15:56 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=9502#comment-21125 Finishing 5th worst gives you about a %30 chance of getting into the top 3, and about a 56% chance of staying in the top 5. About a %91 chance of staying in the top 6.

Finishing 6th worst gives you about a %21.5 chance of getting into the top 3, and about a %65 chance of staying in the top 6.

Finishing 7th worst gives you about a %15 chance of getting into the top 3, with no chance of getting the 4, 5, or 6 picks.

So your chances of a top 6 pick go from %65 down to %15, just from finishing 6th worst vs. 5th. So I see 6th as being the magic number. You don’t want to go lower than that if you want much of a shot at the elite.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBA_draft_lottery

Unfortunately I still see the Jazz trending toward something like 10th worst. The good news is that there will still be some players with perennial all star upside available there, and the Jazz basically got the #1 overall pick in Burke last year!

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By: Clint Johnson http://saltcityhoops.com/2014-nba-draft-rankings-january-edition/#comment-20810 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:08:30 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=9502#comment-20810 I would snatch up Vonleh in a heartbeat at ten. I think that would be high for any of those other players right now, though Young and Grant might work their way up that high. Harrell and Selden are out of the lottery, so ten might just be too high. While I’m not sold on Zach LaVine as a lottery pick, he would fit your profile as well.

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By: Clint Johnson http://saltcityhoops.com/2014-nba-draft-rankings-january-edition/#comment-20809 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:06:02 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=9502#comment-20809 I’m not sure it would ensure more losses. Jefferson has been contributing, but moving him would mean more time for Burks. The team may well be better in the minutes Burks takes, so they’ve have to be really bad with the backup in. And Rush hasn’t meant a thing to the team thus far.

If they could move Jefferson for anything but a long garbage contract (questionable), I would, even if the only benefit is to make it easier to get Burks minutes. Rush I think I’d hold on to in the hopes he’ll improve his game. If he has a breakout and restores some of his value, I’d trade him. Otherwise, he looks like a cheap piece to possibly keep around. But personally, I cannot see an option that keeps Williams on the team except for Corbin starting Kanter and Favors and playing them major minutes together.

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By: Paul Johnson http://saltcityhoops.com/2014-nba-draft-rankings-january-edition/#comment-20807 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:06:40 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=9502#comment-20807 Even though the Jazz might not get much for Jefferson or Rush, if it would ensure more losses, it may be worth it. Look at what Boston has done lately with their trades, after swearing publicly all season long that they are not tanking–and look at the result in the win-loss column. They’re even having one of their veteran players sit home rather than be with the team, in order to guarantee more losses.

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By: Paul Johnson http://saltcityhoops.com/2014-nba-draft-rankings-january-edition/#comment-20806 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:55:38 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=9502#comment-20806 If the Jazz end up around the 10th pick, I would like to see them go for a very athletic player who could develop a skill set over a period of years. I think that Noah Vonleh would be the best player you could hope to get at that spot in the draft. I would also take a look at Montrezl Harrell, Wayne Selden, James Young, and perhaps even Jakari Johnson or Jerami Grant–depending on how those players finish out the college season.

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By: Clint Johnson http://saltcityhoops.com/2014-nba-draft-rankings-january-edition/#comment-20771 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 03:15:39 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=9502#comment-20771 If the goal is top five then you really want to be in the bottom four in the league. If you have the fifth worst record you basically have a fifty/fifty chance of getting fifth or better or six to eighth.

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By: Clint Johnson http://saltcityhoops.com/2014-nba-draft-rankings-january-edition/#comment-20770 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 03:13:06 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=9502#comment-20770 The first part of the season was also incredibly difficult. That said, the end of the schedule gets really tough again, too, where recently things have been easier. I think the Jazz are between the two, and so I expect them to win, on average, about what they did the first half of the season.

As for the Jazz trading down, personally, I think I’d rather play Embiid with Favors. I am not one who believes that size is outdated in the modern NBA. At some point, a team is going to put together a tandem of bigs that runs roughshod over the league, and the trend of smaller, quicker, better shooters is going to balance out once more. But it would take an organization and a coaching staff that is okay breaking the mold, and professional sports is full of copycats with true innovators really sparing.

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By: Clint Johnson http://saltcityhoops.com/2014-nba-draft-rankings-january-edition/#comment-20769 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 03:08:10 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=9502#comment-20769 At this point, I think it would be hard to move Jefferson or Rush and get much, if anything, in return. If Rush continues to play better, then he may regain a little value. Williams is, to me, the key. He has the most value of any of those players at this point, and moving him would cause the greatest adjustment for the coaching staff, given how he’s spaced the floor. To me, that is THE DEAL that almost has to be made to achieve any of the team’s objectives going into the season.

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By: JT McKenna http://saltcityhoops.com/2014-nba-draft-rankings-january-edition/#comment-20766 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 02:46:21 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=9502#comment-20766 It’s not likely that anyone will be able to trade into the top tiers of talent. The Jazz need to get a top 7 pick at least or they will be on the outside looking in.

They’d still have a lot of youngs and other trade assets and could explore other trade options though.

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