Planning Out The 2024 Draft For The Utah Jazz

June 14th, 2024

by Alan Lu

The Utah Jazz had an up and down season, but their one-time All-Star forward Lauri Markkanen has been a constant bright spot for their team recently. While their season wasn’t quite what they expected as they went 31-51 this year and missed the playoffs, the Jazz will be looking to build around their star player in the present and for the foreseeable future. They have some solid individual players around him such as Walker Kessler, John Collins, Collin Sexton, Jordan Clarkson, and Keyonte George, with head coach Will Hardy returning, but the Jazz could really look to improve and tighten up their shooting and defense in the meantime.

Walker Kessler and star forward Lauri Markkanen will be two important players for the Utah Jazz in their bid for a playoff push next season. (Photo: Ryan Sun/Deseret News, via KSL Sports)

Here is what I did for the Utah Jazz in the ESPN’s 2024 NBA Mock Draft Simulator.

Test Simulation #1:

A mock draft board for the Utah Jazz.   Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Utah Jazz. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Test Simulation #2:

A mock draft board for the Utah Jazz. Second test simulation. Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Utah Jazz. Second test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Test Simulation #3:

A mock draft board for the Utah Jazz. Third test simulation. Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Utah Jazz. Third test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Cody Williams would be a very good pick for the Jazz at that spot, as he is a very athletic, energetic two-way wing that has a versatile set of skills, but will need to stay healthy and be more consistent with his outside shot. Kel’el Ware is an athletic, skilled big man that can stretch the floor and provide some rim protection. Justin Edwards is a very athletic swingman that would project well into a 3 and D role in the NBA. While there are other solid options with their three picks, I think those selections would be very good picks for the Utah Jazz. I also ran two other test simulations, and I think those would be very good picks for the Jazz as well if it were to turn out that way. The 2024 NBA Draft will be held on June 26 and 27. Thanks for reading.

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