On Thursday, the NBA draft will take place in New York with the Utah Jazz hoping their good luck will favor them. The Jazz are picking in the bottom one-third of the first round for the 21st pick. The Jazz seem optimistic about what will happen, and they have every reason to be.
Last year’s draft-day trade where they acquired Donovan Mitchell was arguably one of the best decisions they’ve made as a team within the last few seasons. Donovan was the No. 13 pick, and now he’s one of the most consistent rookies who continues to deliver time and time again.
Among a few of the major mock drafts, a common player that keeps popping up on Utah’s radar is UCLA point guard, Aaron Holiday. Holiday’s 6-6 wingspan alone makes him desirable, and when you add on the fact that he’s a talented passer and shooter, he’s a great option for the Jazz when considering a team player.
Other talk at the table includes Bosnian wing Dzanan Musa and 6-foot-4 Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo, both of which could rack up some points for the team. A growing number of Utah fans have gained interest in DiVincenzo ever since his predraft workout.
From an analytical viewpoint, other fans believe that Miles Bridges, a 6-7 wing, and Lonnie Walker from Miami could deliver great results for upcoming seasons.
At the end of the day the Jazz need someone who will help the team progress and who will mesh well with the current roster. And if you ask Donovan Mitchell who the best fit for the team would be, he’s reemphasized that he has every intention to attempt to recruit Paul George to Utah.
The Jazz will most likely base their selection on versatility versus visibility. They’re in need of assets with the ability to press both sides of the court and be versatile in various positions. After watching the playoffs, having versatile defenders and good shooters should be the goal for general manager, Dennis Lindsey.