Utah Jazz 2014 Draft Report Card

06/27/2014 4:23 PM

06/27/2014 4:30 PM

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Utah Jazz never got a chance at their prize, Jabari Parker, but they did walk out of the draft with a potential star and a potential steal.

Exum was never supposed to slip to fifth, so when he did, the Jazz were poised to pounce. They can pair him with incumbent point guard, Trey Burke, an All- Rookie First-Teamer last season. Exum is a potential star if he can handle the pressure.

Hood slid pretty far considering he was penciled into the mid-teens. Hood can shoot the basketball and that's a huge commodity for the Jazz, especially if Gordon Hayward leaves. Even if he stays, Hood can come in off the bench and knock down some jumpers. Defensively, Hood is bad. That's undeniable, but he wasn't drafted for his defense.

Utah has a nice glut of young talent, but prior to Thursday, the Jazz didn't have anyone to play the face of franchise role. Exum could be that and if he has any nastiness to him, he'll take sliding to five as a personal affront.

This draft really points the Jazz in an upward direction.

Grade: A

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