Trade-down option: Gradey Dick
If the Utah Jazz were looking to find a difference-making sharpshooter in the NBA Draft, Gradey Dick is probably the best option in the lottery. Coming off a freshman season in which he averaged 14 points and five rebounds on 44 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent shooting from 3-point range, it’s easy to see why he’d be a target for a team that needs an efficient scorer and, specifically, an accurate long-range shooter.
But with the recent tumble that Dick has made over the past few weeks, there’s a chance that the Jazz could trade down a few spots (from the No. 9 pick) and still get their shooter. The Dallas Mavericks are unlikely to target Dick with the No. 10 pick. If the Jazz wanted to move down a couple of spots to acquire an additional second-round pick or two, they could and still might be able to snag Dick.
If the Jazz are sold on making Dick their first selection in the first round, it would be almost malpractice for them to pick him with the No. 9 selection. Trading down for Dick seems like a safe possibility.