The Utah Jazz were in a fight to make the NBA Playoffs until the last day of the regular season and their 82nd and final game. They ultimately missed out on the postseason, though, and as one of the 14 teams that failed to make the playoffs were a part of Tuesday night’s announcement of the order of the 2013 NBA Draft Lottery.
The Jazz had the smallest chance of any team in the lottery and their night played out as expected. Utah will select 14th in the upcoming draft. Though they have a lottery pick, which is more than some teams are able to say, the Jazz will likely not be able to address their biggest need with their lottery selection.
With Mo Williams becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer, as will Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, the Jazz will have some big holes in their roster that will need to be filled. Considering that they already have two young big men in waiting, though, their need to find a point guard is the most glaring.
The problem with their position in the draft is the fact that they two elite point guards in this year’s draft, C.J. McCollum and Trey Burke, will almost certainly go in the top-10 of the draft. After those two players, there is a big discrepancy in the level of point guard. It would be a major reach for the Jazz to take a point guard with the last pick of the lottery.
The lucky thing for them is that they also have the 21st overall pick in the draft, where they would be able to take a point guard. That gives the Jazz the luxury of seeing if they can select a backup wing player or frontcourt player to help them next season. Despite that, though, it has to be a bit bittersweet to be in the lottery, but miss out on a guy like Burke or McCollum.