Utah Jazz Liked What They Saw in Michael Carter-Williams Work Out

By Michael Terrill
Utah Jazz Liked What They Saw in Michael Carter-Williams Work Out
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It is no secret the Utah Jazz plan on selecting a point guard at some point in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft. Whether it happens at No. 14 or No. 21, the Jazz will not exit the first round without a top-notch player that they believe can be their point man for years to come. After watching point guard Michael Carter-Williams in a pre-draft work out, Utah is even more interested in the highly sought after player.

“He sees the court and passes the ball well,” Jazz vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. “… We know it’s a work in progress. For the most part, players in this draft have a few holes to work on. Michael’s is shooting and getting a little stronger.”

Even though Carter-Williams has shown potential to play the point guard position at a high level, there are still parts of his game that needs work. In particular, his jump shot will be something Utah will have to fix immediately if he does find his way to their organization after Thursday’s draft.

With that being said, he is a fast break player who will find the open man no matter where he is on the court. He will find a way to record an assist, even if it means passing up an opportunity to score. His unselfish style of play is intriguing, but the Jazz will want someone that is capable of putting up points as well.

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.

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