It’s no secret that the Utah Jazz are very interested in adding Jabari Parker in the draft but as we all know that is easier said than done. The Jazz certainly would have to have their lotto ball picked when it’s their turn to get into the top 3 and a chance at Jabari. Either that or a trade which they would have to give up quite a bit to move up I’m speculating. So what if the Jazz can’t move up to get one of those top 3-4 guys? According to Chad Ford of ESPN the Jazz are interested in Aaron Gordon form Arizona as it reminds the Jazz of an Andrei Kirilenko player that can do a little of everything.
Aaron Gordon is an athletic specimen that is 6’8″ and 220 pounds. The problem is he is believed to be a tweener and not sure if he can play the power forward position. In his freshman season he is averaging 12.1 points and 7.8 rebounds in 30 minutes of play on one of the nations top teams.
The problem I have with Gordon is he reminds me too much of Derrick Williams who was very similar in style of play to Aaron Gordon. Derrick averaged 15 and 8 and 19 and 8 in his two seasons at Arizona at the same size 6’8″ and 225. I’m in the opinion that Gordon will be no better than Williams and that it will be better to look elsewhere (McDermott, Saric, Vonleh?).
I’ve never thought the Jazz were going to end up with Parker or with the top guys unless they get lucky in the lottery. This would be a very wasted draft however, if they went this direction (Aaron Gordon) with the pick. This draft has gems in the lottery outside the top 3 and I trust the Jazz to find one. If that’s Gordon, so be it; I just don’t see him being the guy the Jazz want. We all know the Jazz are a tight lipped organization and if they are saying one thing they probably are thinking another.