More Utah Jazz content from around the web yesterday that was definitely worth reading. The Jazz had a busy day yesterday as they wrapped up the second set of pre-draft workouts. If you didn’t get a chance to read any of the Jazz content from yesterday, as always, we’ve got a recap here to help you catch up.
Utah Jazz Draft History: 2000-Present (VIDEO) (via Purple and Blues)
The Utah Jazz wrapped up their 2013-14 regular season tied with the Boston Celtics for the fourth worst record in the league. As everyone knows, because of the tie, the Jazz and Celtics had to compete in a coin flip to see who would enter into the lottery in the fourth position and the fifth position. As a result of that coin flip, the Jazz head into the lottery in fourth.
Whether the Jazz end up fourth, climb to the top three, or even fall down to seventh, (the worst position they can draft), the Jazz have a good chance at finding a piece in this draft that can help them in the future. However, it is all depending on picking the right players.
During the 90′s, the Jazz were able to draft well and get guys that fit around their centerpieces in John Stockton and Karl Malone. Now, the Jazz are trying to build that core with the leadership of Jazz general manager, Dennis Lindsey, leading the way. Currently, the Jazz have a nice young core of guys like Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, and Enes Kanter. With as good as this upcoming draft class is supposed to be, adding another great talent to the core could be extremely beneficial for years to come. (Continue reading here)
2013-14 Utah Jazz By The Numbers: The Hayward and Favors Edition (via Purple and Blues)
Welcome to another installment of 2013-14 Utah Jazz By The Numbers. This post will take a look at some numbers and stats relating to Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors.
Win Shares: 3.6
Percentage of team’s total win shares: 16.4
(As noted in the link on the calculation of win shares above, the total number of win shares calculated for all of the players on a team is unlikely to add to up to the exact number of wins the team earned. The Jazz won 25 games but the total amount of win shares for all Jazz players for 2013-14 is 21.9. The 21.9 is the number that will be used to determine the percentage of win shares.) (Continue reading here)
Six coaches Utah Jazz fans would fawn over to fill the opening (via Salt Lake Tribune)
There’s plenty of clouds in the sky in Salt Lake City on Thursday, so we’re going to go daydreaming about the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz have been in the market for a coach since deciding against bringing back Tyrone Corbin last month. We asked NBA beat reporter Tony Jones on Wednesday to put himself in the shoes of Jazz fans and come up with the five guys who would give Jazz fans nightmares if they were hired to replace Corbin. He did a fantastic job.
Well if you’ve had the bad, how about the good?
Tony offers his half dozen guys who would provide plenty of reasons to smile if the Jazz somehow could land them. The odds aren’t great, but one can dream, right? Make sure to vote in the poll to the left to voice your opinion on who you think would be dreamy.
Here’s Tony’s list. (Continue reading here)
Utah can get a defender, win over ‘Jazz Hater’ by drafting Stanford’s Huestis (via Deseret News)
If the Utah Jazz want to win over a Los Angeles Lakers fan, they have an excellent opportunity to do just that come June 26.
What will it take?
Just draft Stanford forward Josh Huestis, that’s it.
Huestis, one of six NBA hopefuls to participate in the Jazz’s pre-draft workout Thursday, laughed while saying that might help convince his Salt Lake City-based uncle to cheer for the local team instead of Kobe’s crew.
Huestis and his close relative, Quincey Hodges, chatted about that while spending time together the night prior to the 6-foot-7 athlete’s NBA audition.
“He’s known as the ‘Jazz Hater.’ I guess he wears a Lakers jersey. He’s just a big Lakers fan,” Huestis said, smiling. “He moved up here just a couple of years ago. I think if I ended up here, he would convert.” (Continue reading here)
Utah Jazz Bear teaches students about being healthy (via Deseret News)
Bear, the Utah Jazz’s mascot, visited Midvale Elementary School on Thursday to talk about healthy lifestyles. Molina Healthcare’s cat doctor mascot, Dr. Cleo, and the Bear teamed up to encourage thousands of youngsters to make lifestyle choices including healthy eating, staying in school, exercising, and saying no to drugs, tobacco and alcohol. (Continue reading here)
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