2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players Utah Jazz Should Target at No. 23

Utah Jazz' Draft Needs at No. 23

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The Utah Jazz are one of the emerging young teams in the NBA with a handful of nice pieces. With Trey Burke, Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward, Utah has the foundation of a future championship team. But the Jazz still need a few key pieces with depth on the wing and in the post as well as added scoring off the bench. These five players could all contribute to Utah’s needs and open up things for the veterans.

Cleanthony Early, SF/PF, Wichita State

Cleanthony Early
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Cleanthony Early, SF/PF, Wichita State

Cleanthony Early
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The most apparent position that needs an upgrade for the Jazz is small forward, considering Hayward continues as a shooting guard, and Cleanthony Early would bring athleticism, defense and versatile scoring out of the gates. In addition to the wing, Utah needs depth in the post and Early could become the second option at power forward as well. If Early is available at No. 23, the Jazz have to take him.

Kyle Anderson, PG/SF, UCLA

Kyle Anderson
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Kyle Anderson, PG/SF, UCLA

Kyle Anderson
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As I just mentioned, Utah has a glaring weakness on the wing at small forward and in addition to that, a solid point guard to provide relief minutes for Trey Burke would be invaluable. Kyle Anderson is a pure point-forward and could fill the facilitator role as well as some extra scoring on the wing.

Jarnell Stokes, PF, Tennessee

Jarnell Stokes
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Jarnell Stokes, PF, Tennessee

Jarnell Stokes
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With Jarnell Stokes, he would never be the primary option in the post with Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, but depth is an issue and Stokes would be a huge asset with Marvin Williams. The depth after adding Stokes would provide more length, rebounding and low post scoring to compliment Hayward and Burke.

T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State

T.J. Warren
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T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State

T.J. Warren
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It’s clear why T.J. Warren is a great option at No. 23. He was named the ACC Player of the Year after he put up 24.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest. His slashing ability and scoring strength would be highly valued in the Utah offense and would help solve the issue the Jazz suffer with scoring -- ranked 29th last season.

K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson

K.J. McDaniels
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K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson

K.J. McDaniels
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Just as with T.J. Warren, K.J. McDaniels will provide additional scoring for the Jazz off of the wing in addition to his rebounding ability. Utah is in dire need of offensive help and toughness, which would both be provided by McDaniels as well as helping spread the court for Hayward and Burke.

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