The Jazz hosted their 6th draft workout Friday, and each player that worked out has a chance to make the NBA. All 6 players working out with the Jazz made ESPN’s top 100 prospects list, with Oregon’s Troy Brown topping the list at 18.
ESPN’s top 100 rankings:
Troy Brown: 18
Jevon Carter: 33
Moritz Wagner: 35
Malik Newma: 49
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: 57
Yante Maten: 96
Brown is a raw athlete, but one of the youngest players in the draft, and has prototypical size for the modern wing in the NBA. With the right development, he could be an intriguing option at 21. Brown is 6’5.75 without shoes, and has a 6’10.25 wingspan. The Jazz said he needs to work on his shooting as an NBA prospect.
Wagner is a modern stretch big man, and will have to show whether he has the versatility to play both front court positions in the NBA, or if he is relegated to playing Center. If he isn’t fast enough to defend modern 4’s, his draft stock will take a hit, and he could slip out of the first round. However, with a lack of shooting big men in this draft, I think he’s a candidate to be drafted above most draft projections. Wagner said he didn’t shoot the ball well, but the Jazz were impressed with the improvement in his body.
Kansas’ Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is one of the best shooters in the draft, but says he’s trying to show NBA teams he can do more than shoot. The Jazz said he’s a better athlete than he may have appeared at Kansas.
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