One of the hardest things to do in the NBA is to be an undrafted free agent after the NBA Draft and actually make a team’s roster next season. That is a problem one of the best scorers in college basketball last season, Chris Denson, will face as he looks to succeed at the next level.
Denson’s Auburn Tigers played extremely poorly last season, finishing 12th in the SEC, but he and KT Harrell lit it up from the floor. Denson averaged over 19 points a game, despite shooting under 70 percent from the free-throw line. Throughout the season, he showed that he could score from anywhere on the floor and, although not expected to be drafted, should show out enough in Summer League to make an NBA roster.
So what NBA team is desperate enough to give a player like Denson an opportunity in the NBA? Take a look at the dismal 2014 season of the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz finished the season with a 25–57 record. With a lack of star power, Utah couldn’t be expected to make the playoffs, but that was no excuse for the type of season this team had. The Jazz finished 29th in the NBA when it came to scoring by averaging just 95 points per game.
The inability to score is exactly why Denson could have success with Utah. Even if he sees ten or less minutes a game, his ability to score would immediately bolster the struggling Jazz offense. With a scorer like Denson likely waiting in undrafted free agency, Utah could spend their draft picks on things they truly need, like some help for Trey Burke.