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2014 NBA Draft: 5 First-Round Options for Utah Jazz

2014 NBA Draft: 5 First-Round Options for Utah Jazz

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The Utah Jazz have a promising corps comprised of Derrick Favors, Trey Burke and Gordon Hayward (barring free agency). Since the Jazz are projected to pick fourth, we will assume Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid are off the board. Since this is the case, Utah needs to draft the best prospect available at No. 4. Here are five prospects at the top of their draft board in the 2014 NBA Draft.

5. Garry Harris

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5. Gary Harris

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One of the many needs for the Jazz is a shooting guard. Harris is one of the most well-rounded players in this draft. He plays tough defense, can drive to the basket and hit a perimeter shot. One of the few knocks on Harris is his size. Would having two undersized guards like Burke and Harris be an issue for Utah? Nonetheless, it's a talented duo that would be hard to pass up.

4. Aaron Gordon

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4. Aaron Gordon

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Gordon is a freakish athlete who really catches people's attention. He draws comparisons to a poor man's Blake Griffin. He penetrates with ease, finishes strong and brings intensity on the defensive end. Having an explosive player like Gordon manning the frontcourt with Favors may be beneficial for the Jazz.

3. Noah Vonleh

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3. Noah Vonleh

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Vonleh has star potential, but it may be a while before he reaches that status. Vonleh can play in the post and knock down shots on the perimeter, making him a perfect complement to Favors. His upside may be too high to pass up at No. 4.

2. Marcus Smart

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2. Marcus Smart

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Marcus Smart is a versatile scorer and tough competitor. However, one has to wonder if he would be effective playing next to Burke. They both dominate the ball and offenses run through them. Nonetheless, they would make a terrific scoring combination in the backcourt.

1. Julius Randle

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1. Julius Randle

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Randle may very well be the fourth-best prospect in the NBA Draft. So, if he is still there at No. 4, Utah needs to jump all over him. Randle is a double-double machine and is extremely talented. He can score inside, outside and drive to the basket and finish. He and Favors could make a lethal combination in the front court for the Jazz.