It is no secret the Utah Jazz desperately needs a point guard to carry the team forward for years to come. After playing five players at the position during the 2012-13 NBA season, including veteran free agent Mo Williams, the Jazz must find someone who can permanently be the point man. That is why Utah must select Michael Carter-Williams with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
There may be better point guards available in the draft, but Carter-Williams is the best among the players that could actually fall to the Jazz. The 6’6”, 185-pound guard has plenty of game on offense. His size will overwhelm opposing guards while his high basketball intelligence will allow him to make good decisions when handling the ball. By far the best part of his game is passing, an asset he demonstrated very well with Syracuse Orange last season.
Carter-Williams averaged 11.9 points, 7.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 35.2 minutes per game while shooting 39.3 percent from the field in his sophomore season. His 292 total assists ranked third in the nation while his 111 steals was good for sixth.
Even though the 21-year-old can dominate the point guard position, the one thing he must work on his is jump shot. Carter-Williams is known for passing up open shots in an attempt to record an assist. The good news is that it will be beneficial at the professional level. With that being said, successful NBA teams will need their point guard to score. Not to mention, they also need a guard that can hit the long-range shot. Considering Carter-Williams managed to convert a meager 29.2 percent from beyond the arc, it is something the Jazz will have to be cautious about.
On the other hand, he is a fast break player who will find the open man no matter where he is on the court. The Western Conference is all about getting up and down the court as fast as possible, and in order to do that they need a speedy point guard. Carter-Williams will be able to do this at the NBA level, while his quickness will also make him a top candidate to being among the top in the league in steals.