Draft day will be a little different than what we were expecting, but there are still a lot of intriguing storylines, including will the Jazz trade back into the first round? Who will pick former Utes standout Jakob Poeltl and former Weber State star Joel Bolomboy?
Today the DeseretNews.com writers and contributors are commenting throughout draft day.
With the draft still hours away, we wondered if the Utah Jazz "won" yesterday's three-team trade that sent the Jazz's lottery pick to the Atlanta Hawks for Indiana Pacers guard George Hill. Indiana will receive point guard Jeff Teague.
JAY YEOMANS: It feels like Christmas morning. While the Jazz already got their present in the trade yesterday, there is still so much intrigue. From finding out where Poeltl and Bolomboy land to where great shooters like Jamal Murray and Buddy Hield are going to call home. It's definitely a great day for NBA and basketball fans!
RYAN MCDONALD: NBA draft day is, without question, one of the top five days of the year!
I think the Jazz won the trade yesterday from a couple of different standpoints. They not only got exactly what they wanted out of it, but I think they came away the best of the three teams.
I think George Hill is going to be the perfect fit at point guard as Dante Exum gets back into game shape and then develops the way the Jazz hope he will. He can score, distribute and play defense, all good things.
A lot of people feel like Jeff Teague is the better player, but he's more of a ball-dominant guard than Hill, and I think Utah wanted a player who would fit with their other core pieces better, all of whom can score.
I don't think the Jazz were in love with anyone at the 12th pick, so they used it to fill a need. Really good trade.
LAFE PEAVLER: The short answer: The Jazz got a good deal by trading the No. 12 pick for George Hill.
The long answer: The Jazz needed veteran point guard and got a solid one in Hill. The guy shot 40.8 percent from 3 last season and 48.1 percent during the playoffs!
Speaking of the playoffs, this move helps the Jazz return to the playoffs in 2017 more than anyone they could have gotten with the No. 12 pick. Hill is an instant rotation player at point guard. Who could the Jazz get that does that without trading up in the draft?
Without a doubt Dante Exum is point guard of the future, so it's not a huge deal that Hill has just one year left on his contract. Hill will both give Exum the time to heal up and hopefully will share some veteran advice to the young point guard.
What's not to like?
SCOTT STEVENS: It's hard to say who really "won" the trade until the season plays out, but I do think the Jazz shot out to an early lead with yesterday's deal.
The addition of Hill gives the Jazz elite defensive length at all five starting positions as well as a starting 1-3 who all shoot nearly 40 percent from the 3-point line, assuming your starters are Hill, Hood and Hayward.
Adding a veteran point guard with over 70 games of playoff experience to a team that won 40 games without consistent point guard play can only help the outlook for the Jazz in 2016-17.
This deal also helps cushion the return of Dante Exum who is returning from a torn ACL, and who can't be counted on to contribute immediately.
All in all, in a draft year where the late lottery into the late first round was filled with a lot of question marks, the Jazz took an unsure thing in the 12th pick and turned it into a proven veteran in a position of major need.
JARED BRAY: It’s an interesting trade. George Hill looks a lot like Shelvin Mack. Check out their almost identical stats from last season:
Mack: 31.4 minutes, 44.4 FG%, 35.7 3P%, 73.5 FT%, 3.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 12.7 points, 13.2 PER
Hill: 34.1 minutes, 44.1 FG%, 40.8 3P%, 76.0 FT%, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 12.1 points, 13.2 PER
That said, over the larger sample size of his full career, Hill’s numbers are much stronger than Mack’s. Plus, he brings veteran leadership to the locker room and has 75 games of playoff experience under his belt. Hill should be an upgrade, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he helps the Jazz secure a solid playoff seed next year.
KINCADE UPSTILL: I think the main reason they made the trade was to take pressure off Dante. It would be unfair to expect him to lead this team to the playoffs, having only played one year of ball in the past three, and coming back from an ACL injury takes time.
DAVID SMITH: Like many of you have mentioned, this was an impressive move by Dennis Lindsey and his team. Like David Locke said, this might be the move that helps the Jazz return to the 50-win realm.