The Utah Jazz have had a few down years, but have done a fairly nice job of collecting talent.
They have a talented young big man in Derrick Favors, another big that has shown flashes, Enes Kanter, a versatile forward in Gordon Hayward (who will be a restricted free agent) and a point guard, Trey Burke, who had a solid rookie season.
With the fifth-overall pick, the Jazz will be looking to add to that core. They probably won’t be able to get one of the draft’s top four prospects, former Kansas Jayhawks’ teammates, forward Andrew Wiggins and center Joel Embiid, former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker and Australian point guard Dante Exum, there are plenty of other excellent prospects.
According to Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders, former Indiana Hoosiers’ big man Noah Vonleh would be a great fit for the Jazz.
Hey Scott, thanks for that feedback and thank you for taking the time to join. I’m not sure what to think about the Jazz at the #5. Not sure what they would trade the pick for, as I don’t think Melo/Love/Irving (generally, the trio of guys being mentioned in EVERY rumor) would re-sign. I may be in the minority, but I still believe there is a ton of talent in this draft, and tend to agree with both Alex Kennedy and Joel Brigham in that Noah Vonleh would look great next to Favors. http://www.basketballinsiders.com/2014-nba-mock-draft-consensus-ver-4-0/ He’s versatile, has plenty of room to develop, and would give the Jazz a rim-protector they’ve needed to place alongside Favors.
Vonleh averaged 11.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game last season.