With under a week remaining until the 2018 NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz are bringing in a nice set of prospects for a pre-draft workout on Friday.
The clock is rapidly ticking down until the time when the Utah Jazz will be on the clock in the 2018 NBA Draft. Despite the fact that they won’t select until No. 21 overall (barring a trade), this year’s deep class should yield plenty of talent even in the latter part of the first round.
The Jazz have already hosted a slew of draft workouts as they sift through the prospects in search of the best possible fit for their roster moving forward. There are dozens of promising players for Utah to consider and you could make a serious case for nearly all of them.
With the draft drawing ever nearer – it’s just six days away as of this writing – the Jazz will clearly be making a hard push to gather as much additional data as they can in the few remaining days left. That push begins today as Utah will be hosting an important pre-draft workout with six intriguing prospects.
As shown below, the Jazz are bringing in Duke’s Trevon Duval, Colorado’s George King, Butler’s Kelan Martin, Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie, Boston College’s Jerome Robinson and Wichita State’s Landry Shamet.
Okogie, Duval, Robinson, and Shamet would likely be considered by most as the most promising of the six prospects, but King and Martin have some nice sleeper potential as well.
Although it might be a bit of a reach at the No. 21 pick, I’m a big fan of Landry Shamet and you can find my recent profile on him at this link here. He’s an exceptional 3-point threat that I feel is underrated in many other areas. The Jazz clearly need to add more shooting to their roster, so particularly if they liked other aspects of his game, he could be worth reaching for at No. 21.
My J-Notes partner-in-crime Ryan Aston is similarly high on Josh Okogie, who he also recently profiled. Between insane length giving him solid defensive potential, crazy athleticism and promising shooting, Okogie could very well be an ideal steal for the Jazz who until the NBA Draft Combine had largely been flying under the radar.
As Utah gets a closer look at all six of these promising prospects, hopefully it will help them get even closer to reaching a conclusion of who their top targets are next Thursday. The Jazz have had some success in recent drafts and ideally 2018 will be no different, whether they nab a diamond in the rough at No. 21 or find themselves trading up for a gem like last season.
The NBA Draft will be held on June 21 at 5:00 PM MT and will be televised on ESPN. For a first look at the newest Jazzmen once they’re selected, you’ll want to be sure to tune in.