Utah Jazz: 3 pro comparisons for incoming rookie Jared Butler

Utah Jazz draft pick Jared Butler (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
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Utah Jazz rookie Jared Butler ceiling comparison: George Hill

So far in this article, we’ve compared Butler to two low-usage, floor-spacing, reliable floor generals. Consider George Hill the platinum model.

He still fits that description aptly, as his career 11.5% turnover rate will attest. Hill is the same type of game manager, but throughout his career he has landed some more prominently featured roles than either Dellavedova or Mills.

In 2016-17, Hill averaged 16.9 points on a very efficient 59.9 True Shooting Percentage (TS%) for, ironically, the Utah Jazz. He also contributed 4.2 assists per game to go with a mere 1.7 turnovers.

Assist-to-turnover ratio is an essential measure for players of Butler’s ilk, and all three of these players have consistently boasted high quality ratios throughout their careers. However, only Hill ever managed to etch out a role as a featured scorer. If Butler wants to reach his ceiling, he’ll have to demonstrate that he has the same abilities as a player like Hill in pick-and-roll formations.

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If he does, there’s no reason he can’t surpass even a quality, longtime NBA player like Hill. Otherwise, Butler still projects as the type of reliable guard that NBA head coaches love. Utah Jazz fans will get a better idea of where their rookie stands once the 2021-22 NBA season is underway.