The Utah Jazz are rumored to be talking seriously to the Cleveland Cavaliers about moving up in the 2014 NBA Draft Order from No. 5 to Cleveland's No. 1 spot. Utah's plan is to reportedly take Duke star Jabari Parker with that pick. There is also the possibility that Andrew Wiggins of Kansas is Utah's target--but the smart money is on Parker because he seems to fit more with what the Jazz need.
Wiggins isn’t a pure scorer like Parker--and he’s a bit of a mystery in terms of his work ethic. With Parker, what you see is what you get. Parker is a bonafide scorer, and that's what Utah needs more than anything in the world. Parker is the kind of player the Jazz don’t have on their roster--and one they’ve desperately needed since Karl Malone and the rest of the core that made two NBA Finals bid adieu in the late 1990s.
The Jazz haven’t been the same frnachise since, undergoing rebuilds with players like Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer, players who were All-Stars--yet never panned out to be as special as Stockton-to-Malone. Boozer never had a Malone-like presence in Utah--and D-Will, well, let's just say he wore out his welcome.
Drafting either Parker or Wiggins gives the Jazz that unique opportunity to get a player that is essentially a once-in-a-lifetime player--but at this point it's a player that the Jazz should gamble their future on. It's been almost two decades since the Jazz were championship contenders, so if not now, then when?
Here are five reasons the Jazz should move up to Cleveland’s spot, as rumored, and draft Duke star Jabari Parker.