May 5, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; A general view of EnergySolutions Arena with statues of John Stockton (right) and Karl Malone prior to game three of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs between the Utah Jazz and the Phoenix Suns. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The Importance of Draft Picks for the Utah Jazz

History has been good to the Utah Jazz when it comes to draft picks. As a matter of fact the greatest success for the Utah Jazz has come from the NBA draft. No good Jazz fan can forget that in 1983 the Utah Jazz drafted John Stockton at 16th overall, and drafted Karl Malone 13th overall in 1984. The pair would help define one of the gold age of the golden ages of the NBA. In recent history we drafted players like Deron Williams and Paul Millsap that jump start the team’s success, unfortunately that wasn’t meant to be the second coming of Malone – Stockton.

With that history in mind we look forward to the 2013 draft, where the Utah Jazz currently has an extra first round pick (top 7 protected from Golden State), and an extra second round from Chicago. It is nice to know that the Jazz have some good versatility. However I like many fans, am not satisfied with the way the draft board looks right now. Some experts are saying that this is going to be a weak draft, save the top couple spots.

With trade rumors floating around, I can’t help but hope that the Jazz pick up a couple more picks. I think if we can add another first round and Golden States number comes up, we will be able to move up in the draft and pick up one of the top talents to run with the young core the Jazz have been assembled. As we get closer to the draft we will be more specific about what talent we would like to add through the draft.

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