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The Jazz’s new Morris Almond

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Kevin Murphy is 6-foot-7, a rangy shooting guard that can make perimeter shots.

That's what they said about Morris Almond when the Jazz drafted him in 2007 with the 25th pick. Since then, Almond has played just 38 NBA games, 34 of them with the Jazz and four this season with the Wizards.

Truth is, his career never really took off.

I bring this up because the Jazz took Murphy, from Tennessee Tech, in Thursday's NBA Draft with the No. 47 pick. He, too, is a rangy shooting guard who is said to be able to score from the perimeter. I wouldn't know because, well, he's from Tennessee Tech.

The Jazz say he has a chance to assuage some of their shooting problems. And it's true, he made 42 percent of his 3-point shots last season. But Almond made 46 percent of his 3-point shots as a senior at Rice.

Both were four-year college players, so they've both had some maturity going for them.

He's a shooter. He has quickness and the size to shoot over the other guys, Jazz coach Ty Corbin said of Murphy. He has skill that can transcend to any level.

Maybe he'll be great.

On the other hand, we've heard this before.