Friday, December 18, 2009
The Jazz play the Hawks tonight, that got me thinking about Josh Smith, The Atlanta forward has been a defensive stud since he came into the NBA and an effective post threat as well, but the real reason I was thinking so much about him had a lot more to Kirk Snyder and Kris Humphries than Josh Smith, you see the Jazz selected these two with the 14th and 16th picks of the 2004 Draft, Josh Smith was 17th, Al Jefferson 15th. Snyder and Humphries didn't work out so well, Josh Smith and Al Jefferson are all-star caliber players. This just goes to show the importance of making the most out of draft picks when the opportunity is given. As we all well know the Jazz are in line to receive the first round draft pick of the New York Knicks which is looking to be any where from the top 3 to 8th pick. The Jazz won't have an opportunity like this for a long time to come, so I'd like the time to put in my two cents on who the Jazz should select to take the team to the next level, his name is Xavier Henry. The freshman from Kansas has been playing spectacular this year, averaging 18 ppg while collecting 4.1 rpg as well as almost 2 steals a game. What might be more spectacular is his 3 Point percentage is at 53.3%, he is one of the most complete freshman to play the game since Carmelo Anthony, and NBA ready. His 6'6" 220 Build makes him the perfect size to be an effective wing in the NBA(see Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant), but the thing that makes this pick most appealing is what Xavier could do for the Jazz. The Jazz haven't had a wing who could create his own shot in a long time, Adrian Dantley might have been the last, not only can Henry create his own shot, but he can shoot the jumper lights out! Imagine someone other than D Will being able to score off the dribble. It seems that the Jazz aren't sold on Ronnie Brewer, so the need for a new shooting guard is necessary. If the Jazz get the chance to steal Xavier Henry, they might be stealing a superstar, on their way to one of the best backcourts in NBA history.