Utah Jazz 2005 Draft Preview
(Sports Network) – Utah was one of the most disappointing teams in the
2004-05 season. The Jazz finished 26-56 and missed the playoffs for the second
Forwards Carlos Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko missed a lot of time this season
because of injuries. Boozer, who averaged 17.8 points and 9.0 rebounds, was
out of the lineup for 31 games, while Kirilenko was sidelined for 41 contests.
The 24-year-old Kirilenko registered 15.6 points and 6.2 boards when he was in
Center Mehmet Okur was the only Utah player to participate in all 82 games
this season, his first with the Jazz. The 26-year-old Okur, who signed a
lucrative, multi-year contract last offseason with Utah, averaged 12.9 points
and 7.5 rebounds.
Utah hopes that Boozer, Kirilenko, and Okur are its starting frontcourt for
many years. The Jazz still need to find a backcourt. Point guard Carlos
Arroyo, who was traded to Detroit, did not work out and shooting guards Raja
Bell and Gordan Giricek would be more effective coming off the bench.
Veteran Matt Harpring, who averaged 14.0 points and 6.2 boards in 78 games,
and Kirk Snyder, who appeared in 68 contests during his rookie campaign, give
the Jazz some depth at forward.
The Jazz, who own two picks in both the first and second round, may have
their eye on high school phenom Gerald Green at No. 6. The 6-8 Green can
play shooting guard or small forward. Utah will not be able to pass on
Key Player(s): Raja Bell (Guard), Carlos Boozer (Forward), Matt Harpring
(Forward), Andrei Kirilenko (Forward), Mehmet Okur (Center), Kirk Snyder
Team Needs: Scoring and inside toughness.
Draft picks: 1st round (6th overall), 1st round (27th overall), 2nd round
(34th overall), 2nd round (51st overall).