A year after sneaking in as the eighth seed, the Utah Jazz missed the playoffs by two games, finishing with a record of 43-39. The Jazz were again led by their front court tandem of Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson. The Jazz may opt to trade one or both players because both are entering the final year of their contract. Plus, the Jazz have Derrick Favors, the third overall pick of the 2010 draft and Enes Kanter, the third overall pick of the 2011 draft, waiting in the wings.
The probably rules the Jazz taking a big man out of the equation.
The Jazz have a couple of veterans at guard, Mo Williams and Randy Foye, but both will be 30 when the season starts and if you want to begin building around some of your former lottery picks, you’re going to have to find a point guard to run the show.
That’s why the Jazz will go with Miami point guard Shane Larkin. Larkin led the Hurricanes to the best season in school history, winning both the regular season and conference tournament championship in the ACC. Larkin averaged 14.5 points per game on 47.9% shooting from the field and 40.6% shooting from beyond the arc while dishing out 4.6 assists, grabbing 3.8 rebounds and recording 2.0 steals per game.
Simply put, Larkin was one of the best players in college basketball last season.
There is a big knock on Larkin – his size. At just 5’11.5, it’s going to be hard for Larkin to defend and it will be difficult for him to finish near the rim.
However, the negatives outweigh the positives and Larkin is not only the best point guard left on the board at 14, he may be the best player left on the board.
The Pick: With the 14th pick of the SCIC mock draft, the Utah Jaz select Shane Larkin, Point Guard, Miami, 5’11.5, 171 lbs.
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