The Utah Jazz almost the made the playoffs last season with a 40-42 record but they lost four of their last five games to get edged out by the Houston Rockets. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Jazz might finally trade point guard Trey Burke and they could be selecting Denzel Valentine with the 12th overall pick in the draft.
The Jazz had a great season with the exception of their late collapse but they did it with Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert missing games due to injuries. They also were without Dante Exum, who was recovering from knee surgery.
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Head coach Quin Snyder used a combination of Raul Neto and Shelvin Mack, with Trey Burke being relegated to the bench. Burke was also offered to several teams at the trade deadline but no deal was made.
Matthew Hallett of FanSided believes that the Jazz will likely ship out the 23-year-old guard this offseason as Exum is ready to come back next season. Burke is not a bad player as he can shoot but his ability to finish at the rim is his main problem.
The former Michigan Wolverine can be a capable scorer off the bench like D.J. Augustin but he may not be part of the Jazz’s plans. Utah possesses the 12th overall pick in this year’s draft and they could use it to select a point guard.
However, Hallett thinks that the Jazz will draft Denzel Valentine from Michigan State Univeristy. He is a versatile player who can handle the ball and shoot threes. His defense still needs work and Jazz were one of the best defensive teams last season.
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According to a couple of mock drafts, Valentine’s stock has fallen in the past couple of days. Draft Express has him at No. 20 going to the Indiana Pacers while Bleacher Report predicts he’ll be drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the 18th pick.
Some of the players the Jazz can draft 12th overall are Skal Labissiere from Kentucky, Timothe Luwawu from Mega Leks, Deyonta Davis from Michigan State and Furkan Korkmaz from Anadolu Efes.
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