The great news of the Jazz being awful this year is they will have a great chance of landing a top 3 pick. If the Jazz continue where they are at right now they will have a 100% chance of getting a top 4 pick, a 64.3% chance they will get a top 3 pick and a 46.5% chance they will get a top 2 pick. The chances they get the number one pick with the worst record? Just a measly 25%.
So what if the Jazz do get the number one pick? (yes I know it’s really early, but Jazz fans need to be positive about this 0-8 start)
Last night had 2 games that had 8 guys that are potential lottery picks:
Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood -Duke
Andrew Wiggins, Wayne Seldon and Joel Embiid – Kansas
Julius Randle and James Young -Kentucky
Gary Harris – Michigan State
Not to mention the other 3-7 guys that could up their stocks by draft time.
Julius Randle has been a beast for Kentucky so far averaging 24 points and 14 rebounds through 3 games. The only problem I see with taking him over Wiggins or Parker is a superstar wing player is usually what differentiates good teams from great teams. Plus as a Jazz fan with Kanter and Favor,s I think the weak link on the team right now is at one of the wings opposite of Hayward.
The choice comes down to two future superstars in Andrew Wiggins of Kansas or Jabari Parker of Duke. Jabari Parker was the number one recruit until he fractured his foot. Shortly after Andrew Wiggins became the number one recruit and stayed their as Jabari struggled through times as a senior. Both players have immense upside and saying one is better than the other is clearly a guess right now.
The Jazz should take Jabari Parker if given the choice though and the reasons are as follows:
- Jabari can shoot which the Jazz have trouble with in a big way right now. Jabari draws comparisons to Carmello Anthony as a shooter which is great. The thing that is intriguing for a guy that can shoot like Carmello is Jabari sees the floor like LeBron and can pass it very well. Any time you’re comparing a guy to Carmello and Lebron that has to be worth something.
- Jabari will complement Hayward better than Wiggins will. Hayward will become a second option to score where he’d still be the number one option with Wiggins (at least from the start until Wiggins can get his shot down).
- Either guy you win with, but Jabari fits in Utah better. This might be the most important reason as Jabari is LDS and would fit in with the culture possibly better than Wiggins. If that is the case then Jabari would be less likely to leave after his rookie contract.
- Jabari would make (a lot of) Jazz fans forget about Jimmer. Jazz could bring in Jabari to fill seats as he already has a huge following in Utah without having the pressure of playing him when he shouldn’t be. In other words Jabari will be on the court and Jazz fans won’t have to whine about him not getting playing time where with Jimmer that would happen.
Right now Jabari is averaging 24.5 points and 7.5 boards through 2 games and shooting a ridiculous 70% from 3 and 60% from the field. Jazz desperately need shooting and every game the Jazz lose this season gets the Jazz that much closer to a franchise changing player.
Just in case you missed the highlights of last nights game here you go: