The Utah Jazz struggled last season en route to a 25-win season, but if there was a silver lining, it tonight during the NBA Draft where the Jazz owned the No. 5 pick in a draft littered with potential All-Star talent to build a team around.
The Jazz have young building blocks in Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Trey Burke and if they are successful in re-signing Gordon Heyward, the Jazz could have hope that they can break through and be a team that contends for a playoff spot in the next couple of years if all of these players reach their potential.
After Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid and Aaron Gordon were drafted in the four spots ahead of them, the former home of Karl Malone and John Stockton welcomed Australian sensation, Dante Exum, to the team.
It will be interesting to see how new head coach Quinn Snyder implements Exum into the offense with Burke on the roster, but something tells me they’ll find a way to make it work considering they got exactly who they wanted.
The Utah Jazz will select Dante Exum at No. 5. Who they were hoping for. …
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 26, 2014
Another Jazz source said organization is “very happy” to land Dante Exum.
— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) June 26, 2014
Source: Utah Jazz will take Dante Exum at No. 5. Trey Burke told me here he would be a great fit for them, can play either guard.
— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) June 26, 2014
Utah Jazz taking Australian sensation, Dante Exum. I just died a little bit inside. Looked as if he’d fall to 7
— Shane Young (@YoungNBA) June 26, 2014
Magic might regret not drafting Dante Exum, would’ve been a perfect replacement for Jameer Nelson if he lives up to the hype.
— Alex Labidou (@LabidouESPN) June 27, 2014
Trey Burke and Dante Exum is going to be one filthy backcourt.
— Sports Spot (@SportsSpotNet) June 27, 2014
Exum has been one of the more intriguing draft prospects the league has had in years and Jazz and NBA fans can’t wait to see his unique skill-set on the court.