No one yet knows whom the Utah Jazz will be taking in the first round of the NBA Draft, but many people have opinions.
The Tribune released its own mock draft with the Jazz taking Chandler Hutchison from Boise State 21st overall. Around the country, others are weighing in with how they see the Jazz using the No. 21 pick (assuming the Jazz don’t trade up or down).
There’s a clubhouse favorite — by now, you’ve probably heard his name once or twice:
USA Today: Kevin Huerter, SG/SF, 6-foot-7, Maryland • “There’s a lot to like about the smooth-shooting forward. He moves extremely well without the ball, is comfortable attacking on his own and has a sound 3-point stroke that should translate well to the NBA.”
ESPN: Troy Brown Jr., SG/SF, 6-foot-7, Oregon • “He’s one of the youngest players in this class and consistently described as an outstanding teammate and worker. Helping him become a better shooter will be a major key for whichever team drafts him.” (ESPN also has a “Perfect Picks” draft that selects Aaron Holiday out of UCLA, but is based more on fit.)
CBS Sports: Keita Bates-Diop, SF/PF, 6-foot-7, Ohio State • “Bates-Diop projects as an athletic three-and-D player who will be ready to contribute on day one. He can do a bit of everything on the court and ought to make a nice role player — and can succeed immediately. He measured with an incredibly long wingspan (7-3 ¼) at the combine, which will only help his draft stock.”
NBA.com: Moritz Wagner, 6-foot-10, PF, Michigan • “He’s a tailor-made modern day big, who’s been a dynamic three-point shooter the last two years (39 percent as a sophomore and a junior) while also being able to put the ball on the deck and get to the rim. … Wagner would be a very different kind of big than Derrick Favors, but he’d be a solid insurance policy for Utah with Favors one of the few quality bigs available in free agency this summer.”
The Athletic: Kevin Huerter, SG/SF, 6-foot-7, Maryland • “Teams have come away impressed during interviews, which ultimately played a role in them seeing him worthy of a first-round pick. He fits a lot of what Utah looks for in wing prospects, and would make a lot of sense here.”
Sports Illustrated: De’Anthony Melton, PG/SG, 6-foot-3, USC • “He’s best paired off the ball alongside a creative guard, with long arms, active hands and a knack for forcing mistakes on the defensive end. His presence would take some responsibility away from Donovan Mitchell and enable the Jazz to try different looks in the backcourt, provided Melton’s improved three-point stroke holds up.”
The Ringer: Kevin Huerter, SG/SF, 6-foot-7, Maryland • “Excellent spot-up shooter with deep range. No one in the draft is better at hitting off-balance jumpers off screens.”
The Sporting News: Elie Okobo, PG, 6-foot-3, Pau (France) • “In Utah, he would offer head coach Quin Snyder a number of diverse backcourt looks and potentially pair well with Donovan Mitchell over the long-term. The Jazz certainly still need to add shot creators.”
NBADraft.net: Kevin Huerter, SG/SF, 6-foot-7, Maryland • “Huerter is a smart, skilled playmaker that offers a nice versatile package that NBA teams look for in today’s game. … Huerter’s biggest selling point is his ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter and space the floor.”
Bleacher Report: Elie Okobo, PG, 6-foot-3, Pau (France) • “Okobo has been working out for teams in the United States following his breakout season in France’s top league that included a potential needle-moving 44-point effort in late May. An exciting ball-screen playmaker and proven shot-maker from all over, Okobo is now a first-round name to watch for teams looking to upgrade their point guard position.”