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Kragthorpe: Five ways to cope as Jazz rebuild — and lose

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The beauty of the Jazz’s status is their potential draft candidates appear on TV more than anyone this side of the Kardashians. Nearly every game of Duke’s Jabari Parker, Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins, Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart is televised.

So go ahead, fall in love with one (or more) of them.

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• Memorize the lottery odds

Remember, it’s called the lottery for a reason. Even with the NBA’s worst record, the Jazz would have only a 25 percent chance of earning the first pick — and a 35 percent chance of slipping to No. 4. In 2005, they had the fourth-worst record (26-56) and fell to No. 6 via the lottery, but traded up to No. 3 and drafted Deron Williams.

So let’s say the Jazz stay where they are, with the second-worst record. Their chances would be 20 percent for No. 1, 19 percent for No. 2, 17 percent for No. 3, 32 percent for No. 4 and 12 percent for No. 5.

This is where paranoia comes into play, and why coping strategies come with no guarantees.

kkragthorpe@sltrib.com

Twitter: @tribkurt


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