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Brad Rock: Spurs' Tony Parker reminds Utah Jazz of what might have been

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  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    May 1, 2012 10:17 a.m.

    The Jazz have a history of making bad draft decisions, unfortunately. A few come to mind immediately but, in the interest of being kind, I won't be specific. Jazz fans already know who is included.

  • mountainlocal Brooklyn, NY
    May 1, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    I don't think you can look backward. 27 other teams passed on Parker too. And was he able to develop because the Spurs had a strong core with Duncan, etc. There is no guarantee he would have stuck around Utah this long or had the same type of career.

    If he were here, would the Jazz have drafted Deron Williams or even been in a position to have the 3rd overall pick? While Deron isn't here, the Jazz have some great developing front court players because of the trade, with one more draft pick in the cupboard.

    And if you talk about Karl Malone's salary, you have to note the Karl was chronically under paid for the first 12 years of his career. He didn't brake the 5 million mark until the Jazz had gone to the NBA Finals. Consider Enis Kanter nearly makes that much right now.

    Yeah, Parker is great, but the Jazz can't go living gin the past. Lopez was a legit prospect that suffered major injuries and didn't pan out. It's happened to a lot of teams. The draft is an inexact science.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2012 1:11 p.m.

    "As it turned out, Lopez tore his ACL in the summer of 2002 during the FIBA World Championships, his second such injury."

    Why would you draft someone who already had one ACL injury? Better still, why would you also draft a center, Curtis Borchardt, with a history of injuries the very next year?

    The same reason you would let Wes Matthews go -- CHEAP!

    Cheap has bitten the Jazz in the butt many a time.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    May 1, 2012 5:46 p.m.

    @Rational

    i dont think its cheap...since the Jazz has one of the highest player payrolls in the previous years