Chad Ford’s 4.0 Mock Draft: Utah Jazz

Chad Ford of ESPN recently put out his latest updated mock NBA draft.  At 14 he has the Jazz getting Dennis Schroeder from Germany and at 21 he has the Jazz getting Olynyk from Gonzaga.

This would be an excellent draft for the Jazz if this were to happen.  Both players are projected late lottery so they’d pull in two lottery picks.  They’d fill the much anticipated need at point guard by drafting Dennis Schroeder.  Also they would feel a need if Sap and Al are gone by drafting Olynyk who reminds me of Luis Scola of the Rockets (maybe because of the hair).

This is what Chad Ford had to say about both picks:

14

May 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Dennis Schroeder is interviewed during the NBA Draft combine at Harrison Street Athletics Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Schroeder

Utah Jazz
COUNTRY: Germany
AGE: 19
HT: 6-2
WT: 165
POS: PG

 

Analysis: The Jazz’s biggest need is at the point, and it’s increasingly likely the team will have to use this pick to draft a top-ranked point guard. Schroeder is interesting because of his speed and length. He’s not as NBA-ready as some of the other point guards in the draft, but one of the Jazz’s priorities is to get more athletic. Miami’s Shane Larkin is another possibility here.

21
Kelly Olynyk
Utah Jazz
COLLEGE: Gonzaga
AGE: 22
HT: 7-0
WT: 234
POS: PF

Analysis: Olynyk is another big projected as a potential late lottery pick who’s struggling to find a home right now. I doubt he slides past the Jazz if they get a point guard at No. 14. With both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap hitting free agency, Utah will need frontcourt help, and Olynyk’s ability to both shoot the basketball and put it on the floor would give the Jazz’s front line another wrinkle.

Topics: Dennis Schroeder, Kelly Olynyk, NBA Mock Draft, Utah Jazz

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