The Utah Jazz are seriously considering drafting Marcus Smart with the fifth overall pick in tonight’s NBA Draft. That is what Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting.
Marcus Smart is emerging as serious consideration for Utah with fifth pick, league sources tell Yahoo. Smart didn’t workout for Jazz.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 26, 2014
As Wojnarowski stated, Marcus Smart did not workout for the Jazz. However, the Jazz did try at least four different times to get Smart to come in to Salt Lake City for a workout. That is the word from Walt Perrin, Vice President of Player Personnel for the Utah Jazz.
Smart is a player that could come in and play alongside current Jazz point guard Trey Burke right away. Smart is a strong combo guard that can drive to the basket and make plays. He is also a great defender. However, the one big knock on Smart is the fact that he struggles shooting the ball, especially from the outside.
An earlier report by Jody Gennessy of the Deseret News, stated that the Jazz were “frantically” trying to trade up into the top two of the draft. However, as most of us are probably already guessing, that seems like a task that the Jazz might not be able to pull off.
With this report, the consensus at the number five pick seems to be down to Smart, Aaron Gordon, and Noah Vonleh. It will be interesting to see which route the Jazz decide to take. Go with the guard to pair up in the back court with Trey, or go with a big man to pair down low with Derrick Favors?