Jabari Parker is the guy I fully believe the Jazz want. Although Jabari is a member of the Mormon church it has little to do with that reason. Jabari is coming off a freshman season at Duke that has had its ups and downs. Currently Jabari is averaging 19.2 points, 9 rebounds on 48% shooting. He is easily in the running for the NCAA player of the year and a lock for a type 5 pick in the upcoming draft if he enters.
What the Jazz Have
The Jazz have a consistent player at center with Derrick Favors, 2 solid wing players that compliment each other well in Alec and Gordon and a point guard who is a leader in Trey Burke. They also have an ever improving PF/C in Enes Kanter and a defensive force in Rudy Gobert. Jeremy Evans and Marvin Williams both have their roles on the team and I also believe the Jazz are loving what Diante is giving them as a backup to Trey.
Gordon Hayward needs to be signed and I fully expect the Jazz to do so with the time they’ve invested in him unless Boston or Phoenix offers him a max deal. Alec and Kanter are eligible for contract extensions this summer and Marvin is eligible for an extension as of right now.
What I would want as a GM
If I’m looking at a starting lineup for the future that could compete in the West, I think the Jazz have the guys in place with their core young guys and add in Jabari. Where I’d add Jabari might be different than what most people are thinking though. I’d have Trey at the Point, Alec at the 2, Hayward at the 3, Jabari as the stretch 4 and Favors at the 5. I know most people want to put Jabari at the 3 but kind of like Lebron, Jabari can play multiple positions.
The Jazz have had success with Marvin at the 4 and I’m sure most people believe Jabari to be an upgrade to Marvin. I still love Marvin coming off the bench for the Jazz in the future and having Kanter be the go to scorer off the bench for at least another year or more.
The Trade Proposal
A Strong Possibility for the Jazz to get Jabari will be to trade up with Orlando on draft night. The Magic really want a point guard and both Smart and Exum should be available at 4 or 5 and possibly 6. If the Jazz end up with one of those picks I could very well see the Jazz trading Enes and their pick to move up 1-3 spots to ensure they get Jabari. Obviously Orlando would have to be okay with that, but getting Kanter and the point they need mixed with Afflalo, Vucevic and Oladipo makes them a legit team right away. Both teams win in the trade and I fully expect this to be an option after we know the order.