Utah Jazz: 2020 NBA Draft Preview

by November 12, 2020
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Jaden McDaniels of the Washington Huskies

The Utah Jazz remain one of the best teams in the NBA and they have legitimate potential as a championship contender because they’ve surrounded All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell with a cadre of impressive performers.

Where Rudy Gobert is the team’s defensive standout, Mike Conley is the team’s heady veteran and underrated contributor. Jordan Clarkson, dealt to the Jazz last year in a trade that Utah were the winners in, is an elite sixth man. Meanwhile, Joe Ingles, Bojan Bodanovic and Royce O’Neal are Utah’s lethal perimeter threats.

That’s impressive roster building and lends credence to the belief that, even though the Jazz only have a late first-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, they’ll make a shrewd decision with it.

Related: Full Utah Jazz 2020 Salary Cap Preview

2020 NBA Draft Picks

No. 23 overall

Jazz Draft Needs

Looking at Utah’s roster, the Jazz front office needs to add depth to their backcourt, as the players projected to be behind Conley and Mitchell on the depth chart next season can’t be relied upon when one of those two sit for important games. With Conley playing only 47 games last season, Utah’s need for a backup point guard is even more apparent.

Finding another strong perimeter defender, particularly one who can excel when defending the more explosive or shifty wings in the league, would also benefit the Jazz.

2020 NBA Draft Prospect Watchlist

No. 23 overall
PG Cole Anthony, North Carolina
PG Tyrell Terry, Stanford
PG Theo Maledon, ASVEL
F Jaden McDaniels, Washington
SG Desmond Bane, Texas Christian

What The Mocks Are Saying

The RingerJaden McDaniels (No. 23)
The AthleticJaden McDaniels (No. 23)
USA TODAY SportsJaden McDaniels (No. 23)
CBS SportsTre Jones (No. 23)
The ScoreTheo Maledon (No. 23)

Projected Roster

PGMike Conley
PGNigel Williams-Goss
SGDonovan Mitchell
SGRayjon Tucker
SGMiye Oni
SFBojan Bogdanovic
SFJoe Ingles
PFRoyce O’Neal
PFGeorges Niang
PFJuwan Morgan
CRudy Gobert
CTony Bradley
CEd Davis

Team-by-Team NBA Draft Guides

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BostonChicagoAtlanta
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PhiladelphiaIndianaOrlando
TorontoMilwaukeeWashington
NorthwestPacificSouthwest
DenverGolden StateDallas
MinnesotaLA ClippersMemphis
Oklahoma LA LakersNew Orleans
PortlandPhoenixHouston
UtahSacramentoSan Antonio

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