My reaction is that I hope you're right. Dante Exum looks like the best fit
for the Jazz right now. I would be surprised to see him fall to number 5, but
certainly not disappointed. Real question is what does Utah do if Joel Embiid is
available at #5. Of course all of this will prove to be academic if Utah trades
their pick. That seems to be Dennis' style. Interesting
analysis. Should be interesting.
Most analysts have Orlando taking Exum with the 4th pick because they really
want a point guard so I don't think the Jazz will get a shot at him. If so,
that's great. I also don't think Embiid will be available with the
5th pick but I for one would be thrilled. The Jazz are not in need of win right
now philosophy because they are a few years from making the playoffs. For that
reason why not take the best player out there and get him fixed up and healed
this year. While it is possible that he may be another Oden I still think it
worth a shot. Any of you not wanting Embiid, have you seen him play? This guy
is the real deal and might not only be an all star, this guy has super star
potential. It's worth a shot. If your a veteran team and need to win now
before your players retire I could see not taking Embiid, but the Jazz are not
in that position.
I like Sorensen's analysis. He makes a lot of good points. It wouldn't
surprise me to see things fall exactly as he has listed them, at least up
through 7th or 8th pick.As for the potential Jazz trades I've
been hearing about. I say let's stay put at 5 and let the chips fall where
they may.Sometimes the best move you can make is not to make one.
Pipe Dream. Exum will be gone by the 3rd pick. Aaron Gordon is as good as it
gets at the #5 pick. Which is fine by me as the Jazz need someone who can
actually guard beyond 5 feet from the basket. Burkes and Hayward can not stop
anyone on the perimeter. They count on Favors to bail them out time and time
again. Or they over-rotate and give up wide-open 3's. Gordon can lock
down the better players in the league and brings it the entire game. He is a
better shooter than he is given credit for.