Utah Jazz: Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins

Nov 12, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1) drives against Kansas Jayhawks guard Andrew Wiggins (22) in the second half at United Center. Kansas won 94-83. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

Topics: Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, NBA Draft, NBA Draft Lottery, Utah Jazz

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  • Mr. Binn

    Personally I don’t want a Carmello type player on the Jazz. Even though scoring isn’t necessarily the Jazz’s forte right now, Wiggins is a much more efficient player than Jabari. I believe Wiggins to be much more of a team player, which is what the Jazz work ethic and standard has always been about. Sure, we have our choice “stars”, but everyone pitches in on the Jazz. Both would be great, no doubt, but I value efficiency over scoring when it comes to investing in a rookie.

    • Josh Haslam

      I agree with that except when I say he is like Carmello I mean in just the shooting category and size. Jabari is a very team oriented guy and his efficiency is very close to Wiggins. Either guy would be a great addition though for sure.

  • Steven Jaynes

    I’m of the belief the Jazz should never choose a player over his religious preferences. However I do believe that if they are going to pick a star from this years draft they should look very carefully into the player mentality to see if it the player is likely to stay at the Jazz for 4 years or stick around for longer. With the Jazz unable to go after big stars in free agency I would rather have a a Tim Duncan type who is happy to stay at the same franchise for his career than have a Lebron type whom we will develop for 4 years for another team. Of course if we are lucky enough to get the loyal type of player other factors will come into play if we are going to keep him on the team. The team will need to be competitive, few players (loyal or not) wants to stay at a small franchise if its not competing. We will need the right coach. Corbin is not that man. And the Star will need the right supporting cast. Thats where Hiring Lindsey might have been a wise move. He’s watched how the Spurs drafted and coached the hell out of players, and saw how a small franchise could have success.

    Back to the players, despite what I said about the LDS thing not being a factor, I like the idea of Hayward and Parker complimenting one another on the floor. Wiggins I thing could probably astound us all, but Parker looks to me like he is more NBA ready right now. The Jazz are going to need to hit the ground running with whoever they choose. I’m not sure I can watch another development season. Its painful to watch. Quite frankly, despite all the due diligence about player characters that the back office team will do the Jazz are not going to be guaranteed to keep any star beyond the 4 year rookie contract, the vultures will circle, so the Jazz will have to make hay when the sun shines.

    Don’t the Jazz have 2 lottery picks this year thanks to the GSW trade? With this draft it might be interesting to see what falls there. With a top 4 pick all but guaranteed, Burke, Hayward, Favors, Kanter and Burks and an extra lottery pick 2014 might have the ingredients of a real nice team. Shame we lost the hustle of the junkdog to go with that sort of talent.

    Anyway I want to propose a trade for you to stew on. Asik has recently put out another trade request at the Rockets. He’s on an $8m a season contract the next two years, plus $15m the 3rd year. The Jazz have Biedrins on an expiring $9m. He’s pretty much useless for us, but the Rockets have Howard and don’t really need a strong backup. I like Kanter for his offense, but he needs to work on his defense. His shooting is great but against some match-ups it might be better to have someone we can bring in that will get disrupt the rhythm of opposing teams. Asik’s poison bill contract would normally bother me, but with such a young team for the next few seasons it might be doable, not all the contracts are going to mature at the same time. Burks is possibly the odd man out out of the core four, if a player such as Parker were to come here he might find he settles into a six man role, with a six man contract or mover on to another team thats gives him a bigger role and / or contract. If Asik was here, Kanter’s defensive moves might well improve, after all his mentor up until now has been Al Jefferson, and he will probably have a positive effect on Gobert too.

    • Josh Haslam

      Love the thought you put into all of this! First off we don’t have a lottery pick from GSW just their pick which most likely will be in the 20′s when the season is done.
      If we draft Parker or Wiggins both of these guys will not come off the bench as both guys have superstar written all over.
      I thought about the Asik thing when he said it and I don’t think I like it for the sole purpose it will take minutes away from Kanter and/or Favors. This year is about getting them better and if they are sitting on the bench that won’t happen. I understand that possibly Asik could show Kanter a thing or two but the coaches can as well. $15 million in that third year could come back to haunt the Jazz and if you are bringing in Asik that almost guarantees that Kanter will not be resigned next year.
      I definitely agree that you shouldn’t decide on a player because of their religious background but let’s be honest most players don’t want to come to Utah unless they have a family. If Jabari is available knowing that he would be comfortable as a single guy in Utah makes it all the more reason to draft him if the opportunity comes over someone else.

      • Steven Jaynes

        I don’t know why I said 2 lottery picks, thats not what I meant to say, rather a second first rounder.

        I know probably none of the top 4 picks in this years draft Wiggins, Parker, Randle and Exum if he declares will be coming off the bench. But I do think Wiggins may take a little time to adjust to the NBA game he’s going to go from being one of the best players in his class with little effort on his part to playing with the big boys whiles he is still developing his game. Parker has that extra experience

        I’m not sure I have as much faith in you regarding the defense coaching, that was supposed to be the teams strength this season, emphasized throughout the off season, not much evidence of it so far.

        • Josh Haslam

          Yeah when the effort is there they seem to do good but the thing I’ve noticed is Kanter gets eaten alive.. Hopefully he comes around cause he seems to be putting in the effort but just not cutting it.