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My 2011, NBA Draft Synopsis.
Jazz fans have reason to celebrate! Let’s welcome: drafted at number 3, coming from Turkey (was supposed to play for UK) , playing the the 5, is Enes Kanter and drafted at number 12, coming fom UoColorado, playing at the 2, Alec Burks.
At first, I was pretty disappointed to see that Minnesota had taken Derrick Williams with the second pick. I would’ve loved to see him in Utah and he would’ve been a really nice fit; versatile and athletic. But I soon came to see the upsides of Kanter, who was deemed the BPA when it was our turn. I’m really optimistic about this guy now; he has supreme confidence in his game and ability, he has a nice set shot/stroke, good footwork/low-post moves, a little more physical then the “typical Euro”, and Kanter’s character shows modesty which is a positive when it comes to team chemistry. I can definitely see Enes doing well in Utah. If we can rotate our bigs well (Kanter, Jefferson, Favors), we have a solid frontcourt; potent scorers and rebounders. If only we had a ominous defensive presence inside, we’d be able to build a great wall in the paint.
The 11th pick, Golden State selects Klay Thompson, I was a little sad because he was my priority at 12, seeing how is a really nice shooter. I was highly anticipating our 12th pick afterwards and I was ecstatic to hear that we drafted Alec Burks. I’ve been wanting the Jazz to draft him, but he was projected to go earlier than 12 so I focused on prospects like Thompson and Chris Singleton. Burks is an absolute beast of a scorer; he can create for himself, run a one man fastbreak, explosive as fk, and can penetrate to draw fouls and get to the line, not to mention he is a very underrated rebounder with his athleticism. In Jazz games, there have been many times where we just have a slump and can’t seem to ignite our offense and many times Deron Williams had to carry the team in scoring. With D-Will out and a lack of a pure scorer, Burks is our guy. I know people are skeptical of him and criticize his shooting form as well as his lack of bulk. But both are easily fixable and he will become a perennial part of our offense and our quest for a championship.
Now that we have two new pieces, Millsap and AK are question marks. With his contract expiring soon, I can see us letting AK go, but we might have to resign him if our defense doesn’t step up. If we do release him, we have room to increase quality. Millsap is the dude and I can barely fathom the idea of him not playing for Utah. But with all our bigs and how much room they need to develop, Millsap will be forced to play the SF most of the time where he doesn’t have the speed nor agility to keep up with true Small Forwards and let’s not forget the fact that he is already an undersized PF, a true ‘tweener forward. If anything, I would expect him to be packaged with, let’s say Devin Harris for a Franchise point guard, the last missing piece of our puzzle. The controversy of whether Gordon Hayward is either a SF or a SG is still ongoing. After his performance at the starting 2 last season, I definitely saw him flourishing at the shooting guard spot, but with Burks on the team, Hayward would have to play at the 3 which allows us to move AK out and we still have CJ Miles to start/come off the bench. I will be expecting and looking forward to trades initiated in the offseason and before the deadline. I’d be stoked if we were able to land that franchise point I mentioned earlier.
Other notes about the draft:
- I was extremely surprised to see Brandon Knight go so low, Detriot with a nice pick-up at their position in this draft.
- I was also surprised to see Jimmer Fredette being drafted so early and I have no clue how well he’ll fit into Sacramento.
- Biyombo to Charlotte is interesting, I was also kind of looking forward to seeing this guy being drafted by the Jazz because a defensive presence like him is what we need.
- Wow! Cardiac Kemba a Bobcat as well?
- Golden State is now super deadly at the sniper spot with both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Solid frontcourt.
- Teams slept hard on Chris Singleton, a superior defender, the best in the NCAA last season. He would’ve been able to develop his offense easy and this guy is also humble. If we weren’t able to pick up Thompson nor Burks, Singleton would’ve been my priority pick at 12.
- Leonard on the Spurs, the Spurs are always making steals.
- I believe that Reggie Jackson on the Thunder is also a steal, the Thunder are steadily developing a bench.
- I wish my Blue Devils the best in the pros, here’s to you, Kyrie Irving, Nolan Smith, and Kyle Singler.
And here’s to a no lockout season and the best for the Utah Jazz in next season’s title endeavors.
We’re gonna kill ‘em!
I felt the need to bring this to tumblr. R.I.P. Chloe.
You see this girl? Her name is Chloe. She was hit by a train today (5/23) in Cedar Lake, Indiana. When I knew Chloe she was going through a lot of depression, but still put a smile on her face. She was an amazing person from Florida. I was supposed to go to Warped Tour with her this year, like I did last year. But now I can’t. This is honestly the saddest story I have ever heard. She was walking to softball practice from her girlfriend’s house along the train tracks. When I first heard this, I thought it could have been suicide. After a call to my friend, who is one of her best friends, I found out that she didn’t take her own life. Chloe was just listening to music too loud. She didn’t hear the train coming. This happened on the train tracks that I used to cross twice a day, every day on my way to and from school. The same train tracks that passed behind my house (about 200 feet behind). Chloe had just gotten over severe depression and was doing much better. She was starting to play sports again and her relationship, I assume, was doing great. I can only imagine how her girlfriend of almost two years is feeling right now. I know I only knew this girl for a day, but I’m devastated. Rest in peace Chloe, you will be missed by many.
So overall, I’m pretty satisfied with Utah’s draft picks. Kanter will be good, and Burks, we’ll see. I’m curious to see if they make any more trades.
The whole Jimmer thing…it would have been fun, and I’m sure it would have filled the seats. But I’m still unsure myself how he will be playing in the NBA.
I’m happy. Excited for the season to start. (if it starts silly lockout)