24 June 2011
THE HOOPS REPORT-
3. UTAH - Enes Kanter - C
Kanter was probably the best player available at this point, but there were other players in the same tier that would fill more of a need for the Jazz. They already had a number of big men, but their backcourt and perimeter scoring needed help. Brandon Knight and Kemba Walker would have been better picks here.
12. UTAH - Alec Burks - B
The Jazz weren't able to get Kemba or Jimmer at No. 12, but they did improve their backcourt by drafting Alec Burks. Devin Harris will have to remain at point guard for now with Burks playing alongside him
1. Jazz. A lot of chatter that the Jazz might go small with Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker with the No. 3 pick, speculation that increased after news of the three-team deal between the Kings, Bucks and Bobcats earmarked Jimmer Fredette for Sacramento at No. 10. Utah refused to reach and instead landed a legitimate low post center in Enes Kanter who, along with Derrick Favors, will form the core of a powerful, athletic frontcourt. And with Jimmer off the board, the Jazz still got a scorer in Alec Burks, a 19-year-old who will get better once his range increases.
7:51 -- Utah takes Turkish banger Enes Kanter, a dead ringer from the one-armed man from The Fugitive. That pick was a big hit in our room, and not just because (a) Kanter scored 34 points at the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit, (b) he wants to be a WWE wrestler after he retires, and (c) we liked his interview with Mark Jones. I have a good feeling about that guy. Right team, right fit. Somehow this leads us to start talking about whether it's an easy transition to go from Turkey (a religious place with good-looking women) to Salt Lake City (a religious place with good-looking women). "Turkey is a little more open-minded about religion," Wildes decides. "Could be a tougher adjustment." These are the things you talk about during the NBA draft.
8:40 -- Utah grabs Alec Burks at no. 12, or as he'll be known in Salt Lake City from the day forward, "Not Jimmer." Bilas points out that Burks can't shoot, and also, he can't defend. Sounds like a steal. How has Kawhi Leonard not been taken yet? What am I missing?
3. Utah Jazz — Enes Kanter, C/PF, Turkey/Kentucky: The only player in the draft that makes Kyrie Irving look experienced, Kanter is certainly a gamble. But in a weak draft like this one, his talent is just far too much to ignore. Kanter broke the Hoop Summit record for points with 34 and has a high skill level for a young post player. His combination of size and skills doesn't come along too often. The Jazz took the best player available and now have a cornerstone to build on in the post-Sloan era. -Seth Sommerfeld
12. Utah Jazz — Alec Burks, G, Colorado: The Jazz complete their inside-outside lottery combo pairing Burks with Kanter. Burks lacks a specific standout skill, but contributes in all areas due to his athleticism and length. A big concern is that while he's a scorer, he's not a shooter (a scarry 29.2% from 3-point range last season). Expect Burks to contribute, but don't be suprised if he's not a starter for years.
Winner: Utah Jazz:
The Utah Jazz quietly improved their team by adding Kanter (No. 3) and Colorado guard Alec Burks (No. 12). Kanter proclaimed a day earlier that he is the best player in the draft, and with his size, scoring ability and rebounding he has the talent and potential to prove he is right. While Burks isn’t a household name, he was a proven scorer in college, averaging 20.5 points last season as a sophomore. The Jazz have an intriguing group of young players in Kanter, Burks, Derrick Favors(notes), Gordon Haywood and Jeremy Evans(notes).
Our 2011 NBA Draft Grades turn to the Utah Jazz, who -- like the Cleveland Cavaliers -- had a pair of lottery picks to work with. The Jazz weren't at all active, and simply took their selections and moved on. They didn't get a point guard of the franchise at either No. 3 or No. 12, and completely disregarded the defensive side of the ball. What do you want, the moon?
Gained: Enes Kanter, Alec Burks.
Gave up: Nothing.
Synopsis: Kanter is a contender for top center in the draft, along with one the Jazz passed up in Jonas Valanciunas. But Kanter will play in the NBA next season, while Valanciunas has at least one more season to serve in Europe. Kanter is seen as a skilled offensive player, but a defensive minus. Good thing Utah has potential defensive superstar Derrick Favors in the pipeline. The pair should work beautifully.
Burks showed little defense at Colorado, but has good size and a promising frame. Jerry Sloan would have turned Burks into a gritty fighter, and it's up to Ty Corbin to do just that. On the other end, Burks is a slasher who figures to draw plenty of contact and hopefully develop a jumper to space the floor for Kanter, Al Jefferson and/or Paul Millsap down low. I guess this means Gordon Hayward is a small forward, though.
ESPN CHAD FORD INSIDER---
Utah Jazz: Enes Kanter, Alec Burks. Grade: B+. The Jazz arguably came away with the best center and best two guard in the draft. The moves signaled that Utah is ready for a quick turnaround rather than a slash-and-burn style tear down. Kanter has considerable hype to live up to and Burks will need to work on his range, but the Jazz addressed major issues and provided hope, even if they didn't land cult hero Jimmer Fredette.
DRAFT NIGHT TRADES----VIA NBADRAFT.NET
*Spurs deal Hill to Pacers
Indiana receives: George Hill
San Antonio receives: 15th pick (Kawhi Leonard) in 2011 draft, 42nd pick (Davis Bertans) in 2011 draft, 46th pick (Erazem Lorbek) in 2005 draft.
* Nets and Celtics swap picks
Boston receives: 27th pick (Jajuan Johnson) in 2011 draft, 2014 second-round pick
New Jersey receives: 25th pick (Marshon Brooks) in 2011 draft
*Kings, Bucks and Bobcats complete three-team trade
Sacramento receives: 10th pick (Jimmer Fredette) in 2011 draft, John Salmons
Milwaukee receives: Stephen Jackson, Beno Udrih, Shaun Livingston, 19th pick (Tobias Harris) in 2011 draft
Charlotte receives: Corey Maggette, 7th pick (Bismack Biyombo) in 2011 draft
*Brad Miller traded to T-Wolves
Minnesota receives: Brad Miller, 23rd pick (Nikola Mirotic) in 2011 draft, 38th pick (Chandler Parsons) in 2011 draft, future first-round pick
Houston receives: Jonny Flynn, 20th pick (Donatas Motiejunas) in 2011 draft
*Mavs, Nuggets, and Blazers complete three-team trade
Portland receives: Raymond Felton, 26th pick (Jordan Hamilton) in 2011 draft, 57th pick (Tanguy Ngombo) in 2011 draft
Dallas receives: Rudy Fernandez, 30th pick (Petteri Koponen) in 2011 draft
Denver receives: Andre Miller, future second-round pick
*Knicks acquire draft pick from Hornets
New York receives: 45th pick (Josh Harrellson)
New Orleans receives: Cash considerations
*Cavs trade second-round pick to Magic
Cleveland receives: Two future second-round picks
Orlando receives: 32nd pick (Justin Harper) in 2011 draft
*Warriors acquire second-round pick from Bobcats
Golden State receives: 39th pick (Jeremy Tyler) in 2011 draft
Charlotte receives: Cash considerations
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