Jordan Bell, 6’8-1/2″ Oregon, Junior
Jordan Bell won’t wow you with his height and length, but he makes up for that with strength, elite athleticism and more energy and hustle than anyone else on the court.
A current NBA comp would be a player the Jazz are already well familiar with: Trevor Booker.
Defensively, he has terrific instincts, and uses his leaping ability to block shots in bunches, highlighted by his eight block performance to help Oregon advance past Kansas in the Elite Eight.
Offensively, he will do most of his damage through pick and roll drives to the basket, alley-oops, and offensive rebound put-backs.
"An aspect of Bell’s game that he excels in is his ability to rebound the basketball. He averaged a career best 11.9 rebounds per 40 minutes, including 12+ rebounds in each of the Ducks NCAA Tournament’s games. He is best on the offensive glass, where he is aggressive and has great instincts attacking the ball off the rim. His timing and athleticism allow him to be a big time threat attacking the offensive glass for tip-dunks. His motor really shines on the offensive boards as well, where he shows his ability to get off the floor quickly and make multiple effort plays around the rim."
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The Jazz are in win-now mode, and if they can get a player in the draft who can have an immediate impact, I think they will. Jordan Bell needs to work on his ability to hit a shot outside of the key, but his rebounding and defensive prowess would make him effective from day one.