5 Prospects the Utah Jazz Must Avoid in the 2014 NBA Draft

2014 NBA Draft: 5 Prospects the Utah Jazz Must Avoid

Aaron Gordon
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The Utah Jazz have some major decisions to make during the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft, and their two first-round picks are obviously crucial. These are five players that they would do well to avoid, but if they can get similar value in a trade package that would work too. They have the fifth pick overall; needless to say, they are hoping that Jabari Parker will slip that far.

5. Aaron Gordon

Aaron Gordon 2014 NBA Draft
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5. Aaron Gordon

Aaron Gordon 2014 NBA Draft
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Aaron Gordon would be great to grab with their second first rounder, but he might be a stretch with the number five pick. The former Arizona Wildcat has huge hops, and he translates as a Blake Griffin-like impact player at the next level.

4. P.J. Hairston

PJ Hairston
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4. P.J. Hairston

PJ Hairston
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While many could see Hairston as a reasonable first-round option for the Jazz, he simply isn't a good fit for Utah. Not only do the Jazz have Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks at shooting guard, but they can't afford to take a gamble on a boom-or-bust type of players. Hairston simply shouldn't be a consideration in the first round.

3. Noah Vonleh

Noah Vonleh
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3. Noah Vonleh

Noah Vonleh
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Noah Vonleh had his share of issues with Tom Crean and the Indiana Hoosiers, but next season could be redemptive for him. He is a big man with a world of potential, and it is crucial that he ends up in a location that will make him work for his bread.

2. T.J. Warren

T.J.Warren
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2. T.J. Warren

T.J.Warren
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T.J. Warren had no trouble leading the ACC in scoring, which is quite impressive considering he was sharing the conference with Jabari Parker. The NC State Wolfpack would not have gotten far without him, and that makes me think that his draft stock will rise as a result. The Jazz would be looking at him with their second pick in the first round.

1. Julius Randle

Julius Randle
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1. Julius Randle

Julius Randle
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Juliius Randle never thought after his stellar season with the Kentucky Wildcats that medical issues would continue to haunt him, but that is the world we now live in. The power forward would be an asset to any team, and the Utah Jazz simply might have too many big men already to take him on.

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