After anxiously awaiting the selection that the Utah Jazz were going to make at the number 9 spot of this year’s NBA Draft, I have to admit that I was a little disappointed when they chose Gordon Hayward. It’s not that I think that Hayward isn’t a good player, but I just don’t think that the Jazz maximized their pick when they truly could have.
For quite some time I have said that the Jazz desperately needed an athletic big man if they wanted to contend with the Lakers in the West. By not doing that, especially with some athletic bigs still on the board, I feel that they passed up on a huge opportunity.
Of course I don’t know for sure how this pick will turn out in the long run. Jerry Sloan has clearly shown the ability to find ways to use certain types of guys in his system, and it would be great if he can get the most out of this youngster. Based on his performance in the NCAA Tournament last season, he can definitely turn up the heat in the big spot. Let’s just hope Jerry can get him to play like that on a consistent basis.
But at the end of the day, the Jazz still come up short because they have not addressed their key concern: LENGTH.
Sorry Jazz fans, but if the Jazz don’t address their lack of length before next season starts, don’t be shocked if they get bopped from the playoffs by the Lakers once again.
I hate to be a downer, but when I see the Jazz throw away their chances at giving the Lakers a run for their money, I can’t help but be upset. Hopefully they can prove me wrong, and they can turn some heads in the 2010-11 season.