The Utah Jazz had lady luck bite them in the hind quarters of the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday, May 20 when they received the No. 5 pick. But, it could have been worse; the Jazz could have received the No. 6 or No. 7 selections--leaving them out of the top 5 entirely.
What makes matters worse is that the two players the Jazz have long coveted--forwards Jabari Parker of Duke and Kansas sensation Andrew Wiggins--will likely be off the board when the Jazz pick. Or will they? In a Salt Lake Tribune article by reporter Tony Jones on Wednesday, May 21 he outlined to a degree how Parker could still fall to the Jazz at No. 5.
Here’s the thing: Jones barely scratched the surface at the notion that Utah is still in good shape to get Parker at No. 5. There are so many ways that either Parker or Wiggins could end up in a Jazz uniform, fulfilling that one need at the three spot that Utah currently has, that it really is ridiculous.
For starters, Gordon Hayward is likely to pursue other NBA teams this off-season, which means that the Jazz must either draft Parker or Wiggins to get a player of comparable value at the small forward position. Here are five ways the Jazz can still get Parker--or even Wiggins--at that No. 5 draft spot.