Reaction to Jazz Draft – ESPN Chad Ford

Utah Jazz
Round 1: Trey Lyles (12)
Round 2: Olivier Hanlan (42), Daniel Diez (54)
Grade: B+

General manager Dennis Lindsey said Lyles had “Jazz DNA” in him. I couldn’t agree more. There’s very little that’s sexy about Lyles’ game. But he’s got good size, has a very high basketball IQ, is skilled in the post and has an emerging perimeter game. If he can take his shooting out to the NBA 3-point line (and right now that’s a big if), he’ll be a very good complement to Derrick Favors andRudy Gobert. I also really liked Hanlan. He has good size for a point guard, is a solid shooter and can score in a variety of ways. He should be an excellent backup for Exum and Alec Burks.

Reaction to Jazz Draft – From Real GM

From Real GM

Utah Jazz

– Trey Lyles

Lyles may not got the chance to put a ton of stats at Utah but he fits the super-sized prototype they have been drafting towards for years. Dante Exum (6’6). Alec Burks (6’6). Gordon Hayward (6’8). Derrick Favors (6’10). Rudy Gobert (His arms make him feel like he’s 7’5). Every one of those guys has plus size, length and athleticism for their position. Lyles is 6’10 240 with a 7’2 wingspan and he spent his freshman season playing as a SF. That was one of the most remarkable parts about him — he’s 6’10 and he’s running with guys like Kelly Oubre on the perimeter. Oubre is exceptionally fast even for an NBA first-round pick. He really erased Rashard Vaughn in the 2nd half of the Kansas win over UNLV. And Lyles was able to keep up with him.

Now you put him to his more natural PF position in the NBA, where he still has a good amount of size and length. I think what people will be most impressed with Lyles is the feel with which he plays. He knows how to cut, he knows how to play off the ball and he can make plays in tight spaces. He’s 6’10 and he’s extremely smooth with the ball in his hands. This is a guy who could throw a lot of oops to Rudy Gobert. He doesn’t shoot 3’s but he’s got decent enough touch in the mid-range and he’s a good enough free-throw shooter to think he can provide a functional amount of space next to Gobert or Favors. What will help is the amount of 3-point shooting they can get from Hayward, Burks, Exum and Trey Burke. All the pieces fit real well together in Utah.

The Jazz aren’t just randomly grabbing guys. They are out here like Joseph Stalin doing Five Year Plans. They have been drafting these guys since 2010 and they have never really rushed the process and brought in a bunch of veterans. They are being patient with all of them because they are fitting them into roles over a multi-year period that allows each of those guys to play off the other. There’s still room for flexibility – Kanter out, Gobert in – but there’s always a bigger plan in place. That’s how you have to do it in a small-market. Compare it to MJ’s One Year Plans in Charlotte. If there’s one takeaway from this draft, it’s that I’m looking at the Jazz and the Wolves as two future powers out West.

INSIDER – Jazz reduce roster to 15

The Utah Jazz have reduced their roster down to 15 players by waiving Jack Cooley and Dahntay Jones. All expectations are the Jazz will open the season with a 15-man roster.

Jones, a 10-year NBA veteran, played a considerable amount for the Jazz in the preseason. He came with a reputation as a solid defensive player and it showed in the preseason. Cooley got limited action in preseason games, but played well throughout camp. Cooley, who played collegiately at Notre Dame, will be property of the Idaho Stampede in the D-League if he plays D-League.

If the roster holds at these 15 players, the final roster spots will have been earned by Toure’ Murry, who has a partially guaranteed contract, and Brock Motum. Motum played very well for the Jazz in Summer League after spending last year playing professionally in Italy.

Motum was the Pac-12’s leading scorer as a junior at Washington State and, at 6-foot-10 with a nice outside touch, is developing into a stretch 4.

Understand this is all fluid based on what other teams do with their rosters, as well as any possible deals that could develop before league rosters need to be finalized.

Ian Clark has shown the ability throughout camp to play both the third point guard and a backup two guard, which has given the Jazz some nice roster flexibility. Toure’ Murry has a similar skill set. Couple that with Jeremy Evans’ experience from last season and, as you can see below, the Jazz roster has each position well covered.

Utah Jazz Roster

PG – Trey Burke, Danté Exum, Ian Clark

SG – Alec Burks, Toure’ Murry

SF – Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood, Carrick Felix

PF – Enes Kanter, Trevor Booker, Jeremy Evans, Brock Motum, Steve Novak

C – Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert

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