Five star player to trade before deadline.

 Five star player to trade before deadline.

Jazz Coach Will Hardy Leans Into 'Team 49' Identity

The Utah Jazz have one second-round selection, No. 32, and two first-round selections, Nos. 10 and 29 in the 2024 NBA draft. There will be a lot of high-upside players available for the Jazz to select from if they don’t strike a deal that moves the 29th pick to another team.

However, compared to some of the more recent drafts, this one is a little more unpredictable. Some players that clubs have selected in the teens are selected by another team in the 20s or 30s. Additionally, some players rank in the top five for certain clubs while only ranking in the top 20 for others.

In light of this, I am aware that my ranking of these players for the 29th pick may differ from other people’s rankings; that’s okay, as this draft is peculiar. However, using my understanding of the Jazz’s preferences, players they’ve had in for workouts, the team’s requirements, and the time I’ve spent researching the various prospects, I believe the Jazz should target the following five players with the No. 29 pick:

Tristan Da Silva, a senior from Colorado, stands six feet, 8.25 inches.

First and foremost, I have to admit that Tristan Da Silva has been projected to go anywhere from 15 to 30 in the selection. If I were in charge of selecting players, I would without a doubt pick this man in the lottery. Therefore, there’s a good chance he won’t be available at number 29, in which case the Jazz would need to trade up to obtain him (maybe by bundling the 29th and 32nd picks), as I am urging them to do.

Every year, a few players simply jump out as men who can contribute right immediately due to their intelligence, experience, and ability to make the proper decisions without going overboard. Jaime Jaquez Jr. was that player for me the previous year. Da Silva is a walking, talking Jaime Jaquez Jr. this year.

Due to his age and “lack of athleticism,” many predicted that Jaquez, a four-year player selected 18th overall, would only be a rotational player. You will hear elsewhere that Da Silva lacks explosiveness and athleticism and that, as a 23-year-old, he isn’t as good a pick as some of the other players, but I’m ready to wager that Da Silva will play a long NBA career in spite of the doubters.

Jazz Coach Will Hardy Leans Into 'Team 49' Identity

German by birth, Da Silva chose to follow in his older brother’s footsteps and attend college in the United States as opposed to playing abroad. Oscar, his brother, attended Stanford before opting to play overseas in 2021 after not being selected in the draft (he is currently with FC Barcelona). However, Tristan has strong reason to be drafted.

During his final season at Colorado, he made 39.5% of his three-pointers with his easy and fluid shooting stroke. He is also excellent off the ball, occasionally cutting, slashing, or pushing opponents in transition. But his playwriting is by far his greatest asset. He makes the most amazing decisions. He has excellent court vision, can make any pass, and always seems to be one play ahead of the defense.

It’s a little more difficult to predict exactly how he will play defense in the NBA. He won’t be utilized in the front court as much in the NBA as he was in college, despite the fact that he was an excellent transition shot blocker and an excellent help defender who could get into lanes. However, because to his versatility, he will still be difficult to trade out.

I had a hard time excluding Da Silva from the group of guys the Jazz should choose with the 10th pick. He’s one of my favorite players in this class, and he seems like he’s ready to play in the NBA. He would also likely be in his prime right around the time the Jazz were ready to start competing in the playoffs, so I think he’s someone to consider moving up in the draft. However, I would be shocked if he fell below 22 in the draft.

A number of players who were large enough in college to play center court duty will need to adjust to playing power forward in the NBA; some players will not be able to do so, but Oso Ighodaro appears to have a great chance and is also an excellent small-ball player.

He’s a fantastic passer and a very adaptable defender who consistently blows good opportunities in favor of even better ones. Defenses will need to pay attention to him inside because he has a great touch on hook shots and floaters and knows how to pull them in for the ideal kick-out pass to a shooter.

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