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Michael Stockton, Jackson Emery to work out with Utah Jazz

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  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    May 30, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    Why are these players even on the radar?

    It seems like a waste of time and money to me. I don't think any of these players are going to get drafted, let alone play on any bench in the NBA, but ya never know I guess, KOC found Wes Mathews this way.

  • Uofuby5 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 30, 2011 4:56 p.m.

    Hey emery your wasting your time trying to play in the NBA. GO focus on whatever your degree was in...your basketball career is over other than ward ball!!!

  • ed in atl Duluth, GA
    May 30, 2011 6:16 p.m.

    Emery is a special talent. He would absolutely be NBA worthy if he could dribble left handed. That is why he did not penetrate. He can shoot, great hops,quick, excellent defender and intelligence, just no ball handling skills.

  • micawber Centerville, UT
    May 30, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    I imagine this kind of exposure helps the players if they want to play in Europe. And, it's a graceful gesture.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 30, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    Recruiting is not a perfect science. Many talented players go undiscovered. This happens in college and NBA. The Jazz is wise with what ther're doing.
    uofuby5--its Emerys time to waste.

  • G-Swenz Providence, UT
    May 30, 2011 7:02 p.m.

    If nothing else, the Jazz can get a feel for the type of talent other hopefuls were going up against. They now have a better background on any guards that played against BYU, Virginia, or Kansas by seeing the quality of competition they went up against.

  • Prenza Draper, UT
    May 30, 2011 7:04 p.m.

    Then, for JAZZ 12th Pick, select Bismack Biyombo or Donatas Motiejunas (if either can come this year with only $500k Contract Buyout) if not, take either Chris Singleton or Klay Thompson.

    For their 3rd Pick, the Jazz can a) select Enes Kanter or better yet, b)select and trade him to the Wizards for Javale McGee (Center) and their 6th & 18th Picks. If so, the Jazz can select/keep Alec Burks (SF/SG) for their 6th Pick; and, then, select/keep Shelvin Mack or Jeremy Tyler or Markieff Morris for their 18th Pick. (as Kawhi Leonard may have already been taken between 6 thru 18).

    Lastly, I would like for the Jazz to buy out Okurs contract and use the money to lure/bring in DeAndre Jordan - a Free Agent Center of the Clippers.

    With these, wouldnt you agree that the Jazz have had a successful 2011 Draft?

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    May 30, 2011 7:16 p.m.

    Great to see the Jazz taking a look at Emery. His defense and trey abilities could very easily land him a spot on an NBA team.

    I believe the reason the Jazz look at a lot of non-first-round type players is because they might find a diamond in the rough and invite them to training camp where that player could earn a spot on the roster.

    You can't ignore the fact that Emery set BYU's all-time steals record, and the fact Emery is quick as a lateral defender. He routinely shut down opponent's best guards.

    His trey ability is good and would get better with nothing to do but practice. Most college players improve their shooting when they no longer have to deal with school.

    And, Emery had injuries his senior year that caused him to shoot poorly in a number of games.

    I can think of a certain Spurs player that Emery could be a clone of.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    May 30, 2011 10:24 p.m.

    One idea might be the Jazz are not yet set on what guards will be available when they pick, which may suggest they have decided to trade one or both of their picks as there are tons available with 3rd and 12th pick.

    Looks like they are shopping the DI circuit now and looking for short people which is a scary thought.

    Trade up to draft Williams, do not trade down. The team needs to assume the position of leader rather than run of the mill in their division and league. Draft the next rookie of the year and Williams says it will be him.

  • Sptfyre51 Provo, UT
    May 30, 2011 10:59 p.m.

    @fWhatsInItForMe
    Could you be any more of a homer? First you've said in other posts the Jazz should take Jimmer with the 3rd pick because he will be a better player than Rose.
    And now you're saying Emery could be the next Ginobli? That's just ridiculous. I remember you mentioning in another article about how Jimmer didn't pass much because he didn't have much help around him, but in the NBA he would be a pass first PG, well wasn't Emery part of that group that didn't provide much help around him? It's one thing to be a BYU fan and cheer for their players to make it at the next level, it's another thing to be oblivious to everything else around and believe every BYU player is a future hall of famer

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    May 31, 2011 12:32 a.m.

    @ Sptfyre51,

    Re-read my post, then realize how thin your criticism is.

    1. What are Ginobli's main assets? Defense and treys. What are Emery's? The same. Was Ginobli this good (as he is in recent years) during his first NBA year? No. Can Emery attain that status during an NBA career? Why not? It's possible. To say it isn't makes you some sort of seer. Remember, I said "could" not "would" about Emery.

    2. I also mentioned that Emery spent much of his senior year injured, affecting his trey percentage. So, there's no "homer" thinking going on there with respect to Jimmer needing to carry the load. When Emery wasn't injured, that one-two guard punch was simply awesome and unstoppable.

    3. Yes, I still think the Jazz SHOULD take Jimmer with the 3rd pick, but doubt they'll pass on Williams if he's available then. I believe Jimmer will have a bigger impact for the Jazz over time than Williams.

    4. I also don't believe after watching Rose in the playoffs that he's all that much. Just another Iverson, who also couldn't win championships by himself.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    May 31, 2011 8:07 a.m.

    Emery could replace Bell if he gets to training camp. However it is much more likely he will play in Europe for a couple of years while he refines his game.

    Eventually, his defense will get him a shot at the NBA.

  • dhsalum Saint George, UT
    May 31, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    Why do people assume that every trade they think of will be accepted by the other team's GM?

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    May 31, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    Lets not forget Wes Matthews. The Jazz filled in their training camp roster with an undrafted seemingly nobody and now Matthews is playing big minutes in the NBA.

    The Jazz do a good job of scouting talent. You never know what you might find under the rock and after the new CBA gets done you can bet the salary cap is going to be tightened down in a big way which means there will be more "filler" on the bottom end of rosters for less money.

  • bluecoug89 Highland, UT
    May 31, 2011 9:30 a.m.

    To all of you BYU haters who think that Jackson Emery is no good and has no chance, just know that there is more talent in him than all of last season's U of U basketball team combined. I would love to see Jackson Emery play. He most likely won't start but I can see him making contributions.

  • Chris Bryant SLC, UT
    May 31, 2011 9:44 a.m.

    Let's be honest, Jackson will never make an NBA roster. He is 6'3" with no point guard skills. He can shoot fairly-well. He can defend like crazy. Guys like him are a dime a dozen in the professional ranks.

    But I think its good PR to bring him in. He is going to have a decent career in Europe. Best of luck to him.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 31, 2011 9:57 a.m.

    uofuby5
    Hey uofuby5
    Your wasting your time trying to convince someone who has a lot more class and talent than you that he can't play in the NBA. GO focus on something positive for yourself rather than trying to bring someone down to your level so you can pretend to be happy....your basketball career was never even good enough to play ward ball and your trying to give advice to someone who may just end up playing in the NBA??
    People whose opinions matter and are respected say your wrong.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    May 31, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    I don't believe the Jzz are going to take on anymore rookies period. We have Hayward, Favors and Evans(who no one even mentions) that will get many minutes next season when ever that is, and to draft more unproven rookies is just not the way to go. Trade for young veteran wings and pick up free agent centers like Chris Wilcox and Jerebko from Det, and a few other proven players. Rookies just don't produce for at least 2 years if they are any good at all normally. Yes a few did but remember this draft is "WEAK" from the top down, so "please" Kevin no rookies!

  • Pasta Cedar City, Ut
    May 31, 2011 10:00 a.m.

    Typical BYU fan has to bash on the Utes to make himself feel better bluecoug89, the U of u basketball team has nothing to do with Jackson Emery making it in the NBA, cause he won't.

  • LKA Tremonton, UT
    May 31, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    @Vince: The two players you mentioned are not only has benn's but never was's. They are horrible. I think you will see four rookies no the team next year. Good for you KOC!!

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    May 31, 2011 12:21 p.m.

    Uofuby5

    "Hey emery your[sic] wasting your time trying to play in the NBA."

    Hey uuby, you're wasting your time with your ill advised jealous "advice". Emery will be making a 6-figure income playing basketball in Europe next year.

  • mulrich Provo, UT
    May 31, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    Emery is a great prospect for the Euro leagues. He'll likely get invited to an NBA training camp or two and then move overseas. When the NBA scouts are looking at college players age can a deterrent. At 24 (25 in June) he'd be one of the oldest rookies in the league.

    There are dozens of players with his size, skill, defensive ability, and heart that never even make it to a training camp. I hope he does well in Europe.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    May 31, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    @LKA. Not only is your spelling bad but your inability to follow the NBA and players weekly and monthly lack for knowledge also. What the Jazz need are rugged defenders and rebounders and those 2 I mentioned have more guts in their little finger than 80% of the current Jazz players ever thought of having! Just saying though.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    June 7, 2011 7:38 a.m.

    @Vince

    first of all...why would you want another 4 in Chris Wilcox? plus wilcox is pretty old...you could get at least 2-3 more years...but he would be behind in the depth chart...Jerebko on the other hand is a different story....Jerebko is pretty good...but what we lack...is wing/perimeter defenders...and good defensive rotations...and one solid C to anchor the D...also...we would need shooters...i know its hard for you to trust rookies...i dont know why...everyone starts as a rookie...i guess when Manu Ginobili came into the league...you thought nothing of him...and yet...he is the key player on San Antonio right now...without him...they would have a hard time winning...be open minded...I bet you also think Al Horford was nothing when he was a rookie...He averaged almost a double double each game on limited minutes replacing a solid vet...on his rookie year...come on...dozens of examples of not superstar players who played really well since the first day they were drafted