2017 NBA draft grades: Jazz make smart reported trades to draft Mitchell, Bradley
The Jazz finished this year with a 51-31 record and the 5-seed in the western conference playoffs. After an early exit to Golden State in the second round, Utah entered what looks like a daunting off-season.
With their superstar forward Gordon Hayward heading into free agency, it seems more and more likely with each passing day that they'll be entering the 2017–18 season without their best weapon. This year's draft can serve as an opportunity to try to fill the void if Hayward does ultimately leave next season.
Here's the full list of picks the Jazz hold in the 2017 draft, which will be updated with grades and analysis as each selection is made.
Round 1, Pick 13: Donovan Mitchell (in reported trade with Denver Nuggets)
The Nuggets are reportedly sending this pick to the Jazz in exchange for Trey Lyles and pick No. 24. Mitchell was the top available guard, and fills a potential hole for Utah with George Hill potentially headed elsewhere. Given that Gordon Hayward’s future is also unclear, taking a swing on an upside pick like Mitchell makes a lot of sense. He’s hyper-athletic and could become a dynamic, versatile player at either guard spot. Lyles showed some promise, but the Jazz acted decisively here for good reason. — Jeremy Woo
Round 1, Pick 28: Tony Bradley, C, North Carolina
This pick is going from the Lakers to the Jazz in exchange for Nos. 30 and 42. The Jazz were one of the teams that loved Bradley and are getting a talented player with upside here, although he’ll need to continue working on his body and expanding his skill level. He should become a nice developmental big for Utah with potential to be a two-way contributor. — Jeremy Woo
Round 2, Pick 25 (No. 55 overall): Nigel Williams-Goss