The Utah Jazz received the No. 5 pick at the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday, May 21--far lower than it had anticipated, and lower than its previous standing at No. 4 in the 2014 NBA Draft Order. As far as the ping pong balls went, the Jazz had a 37.5 percent chance of getting the No. 5 pick, and a far more remote chance of getting a higher draft pick.
Cleveland--which seems to have the best luck of any NBA team at recent lotteries--got the No. 1 selection in the draft lottery. Milwaukee, which finished with the worst record this past season, will go second and the Philadelphia 76ers will pick third. Orlando freefell to No. 4 from their No. 2 spot -- and the Jazz will take the fifth spot.
So, now that the Jazz have the No. 5 pick, what do they intend to do with it? The initial feeling was that any top 3 pick would have to be either Duke star Jabari Parker, or if the Jazz got the No. 1 pick, Kansas star Andrew Wiggins. Parker and Wiggins are probably out of contention, barring a trade up by Utah.
Yet with the fifth pick, the Jazz may still have options because Kansas center Joel Embiid has had medical issues pertaining to his back and may slip to the No. 5 spot. Another possibility at that 5 spot is Australian guard Dante Exum, or Kentucky forward Julius Randle. Other players who could be chosen at that spot include Creighton guard Doug McDermott, Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart, UCLA guard Kyle Anderson and Arizona forward Aaron Gordon.
Or, with Jabari and Wiggins out of the picture do the Jazz trade out of the lottery entirely, or see if any of their top 3 players fall into their laps? That is the biggest question of all--other than who will be the next head coach of the Utah Jazz--and it isn’t likely to be answered until June.