The Utah Jazz finished with the league’s fourth-worst record so chances are they won’t get the first or second pick in June’s NBA Draft.
Of course, with the lottery there is still a chance and the Jazz could really used a wing player to potentially pair with Gordon Hayward. Whether that player is Andrew Wiggins of the Kansas Jayhawks or Jabari Parker of the Duke Blue Devils (or even a center, Wiggins’ former teammate, Joel Embiid) is unknown.
According to ESPN’s Chad Ford if the Jazz do land one of the top two or three picks, they could be pressured into taking Parker.
I don’t think the front office has figured out what they are doing yet. So much depends on where they land in the lottery. Wiggins, Parker and Embiid would all be in the mix for No. 1. However, there would be a ton of pressure in Utah for them to take Parker and given the teams’ trajectory (they really don’t need more raw young players) Parker’s ability to play right away and have an impact make sense for them. I think they are, far and away, the team most likely to take Parker No. 1.
It makes some sense. The Jazz have spent a couple years depending big men Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors and are just starting to see it pay off.