What if the Jazz win the NBA draft lottery?

Last Monday Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton went through a draft scenario where the Jazz ended up picking second.

But what if the Jazz do win the lottery and get the top pick in the draft?

A high pick certainly seems due after the misfortunes they’ve faced over this season.

Some of these misfortunes include:

The Jeff Withey no-call that decided the game that determined the tiebreaker with the Rockets.

Losing several close games especially in the final few minutes.

The Clippers bench playing out of their minds to beat the Jazz in a must a win game for the Jazz.

Injuries galore. 

With so much misfortune, doesn’t it seem like Karma owes us a little bit of something?

And it’s not like the Jazz have been any more fortunate in previous drafts. Since 2004 the Jazz have had their pick in the lottery seven times and have never drafted higher than their pre-lottery position.

They did get a little lucky with the Nets pick in 2011 when they picked third after being slotted in the sixth spot pre-lottery. Although, that pick turned into Enes Kanter who turned into the worst.

Admittedly Karma hasn’t necessarily been fair lately. I mean it seems like Cleveland gets the first pick every other year.

If we get the pick

Now I’m not going to lie to you the chances of the Jazz getting a top three pick are very low. The Jazz have only a 2.3 percent chance of drafting in the top three and the likelihood they get the first pick is a mere .7 percent according to cbs.com .

But what if fate favors us just this once.

Can you imagine a team that features Rudy Gobert, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Dante Exum and Brandon Ingram? The length would be league-best and Ingram certainly wouldn’t hurt our shooting.

Or the big-to-big passing of a line-up with Trey Lyles and Ben Simmons.

Or Buddy Hield stretching the floor and bringing the edginess the Jazz line-up has been missing since the Deron Williams trade.

Maybe we finally lock-up that oh so elusive superstar, maybe we win a championship and maybe the outlook of franchise is forever changed . It probably won’t happen but what if it does?

Post your lottery-winning fantasies in the comments.

Tibor Pleiss, steps in as Utah women’s newest celebrity crush

Ever since Kyle Korver left the state, Utah women have been longing for some eye candy on the Utah Jazz roster.

With the signing of German Center, Tibor Pleiss the cry of female agony, resonating throughout the state, has finally been answered.

So what is it about Pleiss that drives the ladies crazy?

Maybe it’s the mystery. There’s not a lot of tape on the German big man and everyone knows women love a man they can’t quite figure out.

Maybe it’s his height. Never underestimate the woman wooing power of a man who can hang Christmas lights without a ladder.

Or perhaps it’s the fact that women just seem to love NBA players, see Chamberlain, Wilt. Surprisingly this even applies to players who never see the court even if the reason is because their only imaginary professional basketball players. For example Connor Toole of Elite Daily pretended to be an NBA draftee earlier this summer and absolutely cleaned up with the ladies. Apparently being tall is all it takes to convince some you’re an NBA star. Side Note: He claimed to have been drafted by none other team than our Utah Jazz.

Now I know he’s no Krylo Fesenko or Greg Ostertag but Tibor Pleiss has some potential and with the guiding hand of the Jazz coaching staff and perhaps a beautician or two his poster could become a staple on Teenage girls walls for years to come.

Utah Jazz Draft Profiles: Justin Anderson

The last two years Dennis has traded the Jazz into the back end of the first round, picking up solid building blocks in Rudy Gobert and Rodney Hood. If the Jazz trade into the bottom of the first round once again or trade down from their number 12 spot, Virginia’s Justin Anderson is a valuable prospect that could be available.

Strengths:

Anderson is incredibly quick and strong for his position. These physical tools combined with his 6’11” wing span and vertical athleticism give Anderson uncapped defensive potential.

As a 45 percent shooter behind the three point line last year at Virginia, Anderson has a sweet stroke and good mechanics.

With his size, strength and athleticism Anderson is a versatile defender who can guard positions 1 through 3 and can even guard 4’s in a pinch.

He uses his physical abilities to get out in transition and catch the defense out of position.

Weaknesses:

Anderson’s handle is shaky at best, which makes it hard for him to take players off the dribble.

At times he uses his physical tools to make up for defensive lapses. This will become a problem in the NBA if he doesn’t improve his fundamentals.

Although he was one of the best wing defenders in the country, his low steal and block rates are somewhat worrisome. However many attribute the deficiencies to Virginia’s defensive system.

He was a very streaky shooter in college and only became an elite shooter this last year. If his jump-shot regresses his offensive game will be in trouble.

Fit: 

The Jazz desperately need a player who can make open 3’s and play defense as a Bruce Bowen type player in their San Antonio-esque system, Anderson could fill this role nicely.

On a team without many great athletes, Anderson would be a welcome addition.

Anderson’s physical tools refined by Snyder’s defensive prowess would likely create an elite NBA defender to supplement an elite defense.

With players like Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood and Alec Burkes to focus on defenses will frequently leave Anderson open. Anderson excels at hitting open shots.

Overall, Anderson brings a great deal of potential as a three and d role player (not to be confused with D and D role playing) and could become a force off the Jazz bench.

Frank Kaminsky     Kevon Looney     Devin Booker     Myles Turner     Sam Dekker     Trey Lyles

R.J. Hunter     Bobby Portis     Kelly Oubre     Stanley Johnson     Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Cameron Payne

Information courtesy of:

Draft Express

NBADraft.net

Utah Jazz Draft Profiles: Stanley Johnson,

Strengths

At with a 6’11” wingspan and 242 lbs of basketball player, Stanley Johnson is beast physically and won’t encounter any of the strength problems that players like Dante Exum and R.J. Hunter have/ will have.

With elite strength, length and quickness Johnson has unlimited defensive potential (some have compared him to Kawhi Leonard).

Johnson shot well in college, shooting 37 percent from 3 in college and 44 percent on catch and shoot 3s, according to Draft Express. He also possesses great rebounding (6.5 per game), shot blocking                 (.5 per game) and thievery (1.5 per game).

With a 34-4 record in college and four state championships Johnson is used to winning.

Johnson is relentlessly competitive and is unstoppable when he gets a head of steam, going to the basket.

Weaknesses

Throughout the past season Johnson was incredibly inconsistent, for example he followed a 22 point outing in the first round of the NCAA double tournament with a 4 point game. This wasn’t his only single digit game.

Johnson also had lapses on the defensive end where he was frequently caught ball-watching and       over-helping.

Though his shot mechanics are much improved from high school, they are still not wonderful, a low release point is a huge part of the problem. This may explain his inconsistent jump shot.

Despite being one of the strongest players in basketball, Johnson struggled at the rim especially with contact.

Johnson is not good at reading a defense at this point in his development and is not an accurate       passer either.

Fit:

In the year he’s coached in Utah, Quin Snyder has proven he can teach players how to defend. This would be particularly useful in helping Johnson develop into a great defender considering his elite physical tools.

Johnson wouldn’t be the only one in Swat Lake City to need help with his shooting mechanics and would benefit from the emphasis the team will likely put on shooting.

With an NBA ready body Johnson could push Hood and Burkes for minutes. If his competitiveness comes out in practice he will only make them better, even if he doesn’t end up spending much time on the court. He would also give Jazz wings practice against a long, strong Kawhi Leonard-esque defender.

If Johnson falls to the Jazz they’ll have another solid 3-and-D guy and potentially a third or fourth option down the road.

Other Profiles:

Frank Kaminsky     Kevon Looney     Devin Booker     Myles Turner     Sam Dekker     Trey Lyles

R.J. Hunter     Bobby Portis     Kelly Oubre

Information courtesy of:

Draft Express

NBADraft.net