Utah Jazz: NBA Draft Team Needs
2007-08 Record: 52-30; 1st Northwest
Draft Picks: 23, 44, 53
Key Free Agents
F Paul Millsap (team option)
How they got here and what they need
The Jazz once again won the Northwest Division and made it out of the first round of the playoffs, this time beating the Rockets in seven games. But the run came to an end against the Lakers, as key players Mehmet Okur and Andrei Kirilenko found way in which to disappear at the worst possible times for Jerry Sloan's club. But they do have two pillars on which to build towards a title in point guard Deron Williams and power forward Carlos Boozer, which is good news for Utah fans.
As for what they need, a backup point guard would be a good place to look since I'm not sure they have a credible one on the roster right now. But they could also use some more size inside, especially with the lack of point guard depth in this draft. Look for Utah to go big, preferably finding a guy who also possesses some offensive polish.
Who they take
He's not a 20 and 10 kind of big man, which quite a few critics had a tough time understanding during his senior season. But given his offensive skill set combined with an interior presence on the defensive end, Georgetown's Roy Hibbert would be a good fit for the Jazz. And don't let his quiet nature fool you; after four seasons in the Big East he's plenty tough.
Draft History (since 2000)
- - 2007: Morris Almond (25), Herbert Hill (55)
- - 2006: Ronnie Brewer (14), Dee Brown (46), Paul Millsap (47)
- - 2005: Deron Williams (3), C.J. Miles (34), Robert Whaley (51)
- - 2004: Kris Humphries (14), Kirk Snyder (16)
- - 2003: Aleksandar Pavlovic (19), Mo Williams (47)
- - 2002: Ryan Humphrey (19), Jamal Sampson (47)
- - 2001: Raul Lopez (24), Jarron Collins (53)
- - 2000: DeShawn Stevenson (23), Kaniel Dickens (50)