Jazz Consider Drafting at Point Guard
Thursday’s NBA Draft represents a starting point for the Utah Jazz and what figures to be one of the busiest offseasons in franchise history.
As for the Jazz’s top summer priority, well, that would be a starting point, also.
But while the Jazz, who own picks 14, 21 and 46, are widely expected to choose at least one point guard, a thin market and a potentially shape-shifting draft order could complicate matters.
The team watched its three point guards walk out of the locker room and into free agency in April, leaving no one to get the ball to the young nucleus the team seems committed to building around.
In the past month, nearly all of the top point guard prospects in the draft visited Salt Lake City to audition for the Jazz in pre-draft workouts. One by one, players such as Dennis Schroeder, the long but raw German, worked out. The Jazz looked at C.J. McCollum and Michael Carter-Williams — who could both be gone by the time they pick — Shane Larkin, Trey Burke and Isaiah Canaan, among others. Only Michigan’s Burke, who is considered a top-eight pick, did not work out for the Jazz.
“We don’t have any under contract,” said Walt Perrin, the Jazz’s vice president of player personnel. “But that doesn’t necessarily mean if we draft a point guard he’s coming in to be the starter anyway.”