2015 NBA Mock Draft: Utah Jazz Select Kelly Oubre Jr.
Utah Jazz Draft Kelly Oubre Jr.
May 23, 2015
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The Utah Jazz have the 12th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, giving them a chance to add yet another young piece to a team that’s quickly moving in the right direction. The Jazz have one of the more intriguing young starting lineups in the league and will have the freedom of adding depth with this selection.
The Jazz are likely going to look for upside but also a guy who can come off the bench and play right away. Kelly Oubre Jr. out of Kansas could be that guy.
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Oubre is a long, rangy athlete who can contribute at a high level at both ends of the court. Oubre has good lateral quickness and is a tough defender while he’s also effective in transition and has improved his shot from the outside. Oubre not only could contribute right away his rookie season, but he also comes with a ton of upside and doesn’t turn 20 years old until December.
The Jazz don’t have any real depth behind their star Gordon Hayward at small forward, especially with Jeremy Evans an unrestricted free agent this summer. Elijah Millsap isn’t exactly the guy you want logging long minutes when your best player leaves for rest. Oubre is the better option and may eventually work his way into the starting rotation if he continues to improve the way he did towards the end of last season with the Jayhawks.
The Jazz are really building a potential playoff team with Derrick Favors, Hayward, Trey Burke, Rudy Gobert and Dante Exum holding down the starting lineup. The Jazz really don’t need to overthink this pick and reach for something that’s not there. Instead, Utah just needs to make the safe pick with a guy who can come off the bench, give you 20 solid minutes right away and help get this team to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Oubre is a solid pick at this point in the draft and would get the Jazz that much closer to becoming one of the teams to watch in the Western Conference.