A lot has been made about this upcoming NBA Draft. Hardly anything has been said about the upcoming free agency season. In the case of the Utah Jazz, both upcoming events are going to be important for the future, but is one more important than the other?
Looking at the NBA Draft, the Jazz are slotted to select fifth overall. This draft class has been regarded as a very deep draft, as well as a draft that could possibly have some “franchise changing” players in it. Really, if you look at the class close enough, the “franchise changing” guys are mainly going to go in the top three, possibly four.
The Jazz come into this off season about the exact same as they did last off season. They’re coming in very young, and looking to push through the rebuilding process. After hiring a new head coach in Quin Snyder, the Jazz’s offensive and defensive identity is a question mark entering the season. With that being said, is adding another young piece really going to help the Jazz that much more next season?
I love the upcoming draft class. I see some guys that will be available at number five, and will be able to help out the Jazz next season. While the Jazz will get one of those guys, free agency has to be something that the front office, and fans alike, should be looking forward to.
A new head coach, a new offensive and defensive scheme, and a fan base desperate to bust back out to a Western Conference power, could be too much pressure for young guys in only their rookie through fourth year. The Jazz need to go hard in free agency. They need to find some veteran players who can help them out. The veteran players don’t necessarily need to come in and be starters, but they need to be able to come in and help the young guys improve.
The list of guys that can help out the Jazz when they draft at five is a good list, but the list of guys that can help out the Jazz when they go in to free agency is much longer. I agree that the upcoming NBA Draft is very important for the future of the Utah Jazz, but I could argue that the upcoming free agency class is just as important, if not more. Especially when part of your future, Gordon Hayward, could be gone.