Utah Jazz Mock Draft Round-Up 2.0

February 26th, 2014 | by David J Smith
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It’s that time again…our monthly look at the various NBA mock drafts out there. First off, there are still 26 games on the docket, so let’s enjoy them. That said, it is absolutely okay to keep an eye on the draft. After all, the 2014 Draft could profoundly affect the short and long-term status of the franchise.

As things currently stand (and the standings at the bottom of the league ebb and flow nightly), the Utah Jazz are in line for picks #7, #23 and #37. The #7 slot has a 4.3 percent chance of moving up to the top pick. The bottom trio of the Milwaukee Bucks, the Philadelphia Sixers and Orlando Magic may be too far “ahead” of the Jazz, but the others–Los Angeles Lakers, the Sacramento Kings and the Boston Celtics are all within striking distance. The New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers are also in the same realm.

The Golden State pick will either be in the low 20s or, should the Dubs fall outside of the West’s top eight, be pick #14. They are just 0.5 game up on the #7 Dallas Mavericks, 1.5 on the #8 Phoenix Suns and 3.0 gms up on the #9 Memphis Grizzlies, who have been one of the West’s most consistent teams the past several weeks. Anything can happen.

ESPN.com’s Mock Drafts (updated 02.02 and 02.12)

The maestro of mocks, Chad Ford, has not updated his Mock Draft 2.0 (Insider) substantially since our last visit. As a reminder, it had the Utah Jazz taking forward Julius Randle at #5 and guard Semaj Christon with the Golden State pick at #23. Ford has the Jazz at #6 in his weekly Tank Rank. When playing the Lottery Mock Draft, the most common player coming up–when Utah stays at #7–is point guard Tyler Ennis. He is an intriguing prospect but, unlike Dante Exum, does not have the size to play shooting guard. With Trey Burke on board, that would not make much sense.

Jeff Goodman came out with his Mock Draft 1.0 a few weeks ago (another Insider offering). Exum was the Jazz’s pick at #5, while #21 saw them take 18-year old small forward Mario Hezonja out of Croatia, citing his “tremendous skill and potential” as an “insurance policy” in case Gordon Hayward is elsewhere (which I highly doubt).

Draft Express Mock Draft by Jonathan Givony, updated 02.26

Freshly revised, Givony has the Jazz going with big man Noah Vonleh at #7, swingman Sam Dekker at #23 and small forward Glenn Robinson at #37. This would be an intriguing assortment of additions to the young core. Should the Jazz miss out on top prospects like Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Exum, Vonleh might be a very good option. Dekker and Robinson would add some shooting. This mock does not account for team needs yet.

NBA Draft.net Mock Draft, updated 02.25

This iteration has Exum falling to the Jazz at #7. That would be rather shocking, but the Jazz would not be complaining. #23 would be guard Vasilje Micic from Serbia and #37, small forward CJ Fair of Syracuse. Micic would be curious, especially if the Jazz had Burke, Alec Burks, Exum and possibly Raul Neto on roster.

Hoops Hype Mock Draft, updated 01.27

Not included in our last look, Hoops Hype had Utah opting for Randle at #5 and Payne at #23. They have shooting guard Gary Harris at #7, FYI.

My NBA Draft.com Mock Draft, updated 02.25

This site lists Marcus Smart at #6 to Utah, followed by forward Chris Walker of Florida at #23. Given his controversy, one wonders if the Jazz would stay away from the mercurial Smart. He certainly has a lot of talent, though his suspect outside jumper might cause some to hesitate.

CBS Sports.com Mock Drafts, not updated since January

No updates here. In the current slots, Gary Parrish would have Utah selecting Exum and Andrew Harrison, while Zach Harper goes with Aaron Gordon and Adreian Payne.

There you have it. Again, a lot will happen between now and the end of the season. The Draft Lottery will occur in May and then the real action can begin.

David J Smith

David J Smith

Besides writing for Salt City Hoops, David contributes to the Utah Jazz coverage for the Deseret News and has written for the Utah Jazz website and Hoopsworld.com (now Basketball Insiders). He graduated from BYU and works for LDS Philanthropies. He and his incredibly patient wife, Elizabeth, have some amazing children--four girls and two boys. Voted "Most Likely to Replace Jerry Sloan" in high school.
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  1. cw says:

    I think they will end up picking somewhere around ten. I hope that they can make some kind of deal to move up. I hope that is what all the picks/young assets are for. Lindsey talks like that is the case. He says he knows the Jazz don’t have that first option. He also talks about free agents, which I can’t really see happening. My greatest fear is that they stand pat (or can’t get anyone to deal with them) and the end up with Dario Saric or Noah Vonleh or Gary Harris. Guys who might be good players but not first options or better than who the Jazz already have.

    I don’t know why they just don’t tank. I don’t know why they wanted to keep Marvin. Marvin Williams are easy to find in the NBA. Hopefully Lindsey will do something that makes all this make sense.

    • Max says:

      If they pick 10th I’ll throw myself in front of a bus!

      Completely agree on Marvin. Why not trade him, especially if the team could have gotten a first round pick in return, as reported. Plus you lose more games and get a better draft pick. Short term it’s a step back for sure, but long term it improves your team. In its current iteration (plus a likely 6th pick in the draft) this team is set up to compete for the playoffs. And get kicked out of the first round. Great!

      • cw says:

        Right now they are in eighth. THey are going to pass NO for sure. NO has to get down below 8th or they lose their draft pick. THen it’s just a question if the Jazz will pass detroit and/or denver. Now I’m hoping for draft day trades. And I guess of course injuries. Although there have been a whole bunch of games the Jazz played where the superior opponent was missing a key player. Luck seems to be against us.

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