Utah Jazz is a team based in Salt Lake City, Ohio, competing in the Northwest division of the Western Conference in the NBA League. The team has been playing its home games in the Vivant Arena since 1991. Originally, the team started out as New Orleans Jazz, based in New Orleans in 974, but in 1979 they moved over to Salt Lake City and renamed themselves accordingly – to Utah Jazz. In their time in the NBA, they may not have won any NBA Championships, but they have been the Western Conference champions twice – and have won the division title 10 times – they are, in fact, the current division champions! However, they lost in the conference semi finals to the Clippers.
Despite the relative success of last season, they will certainly be looking to make a bigger impact in the conference next season – and to do this have been looking at the draft picks to strengthen the current squad.
It may be a little bit too early to tell – or even make solid predictions right now, but it seems as though Utah Jazz may well have made the 2021 NBA Draft picks their own. Although nothing is set in stone right now, it is increasingly likely that at the age of just 20 years old, Baylor Guard Jared Butler could be partnering the two-time All-Star, 24-year old Donovan Mitchell in Utah Jazz Backcourt. This could possibly also be a potential get out of jail backup plan if Mike Conley decides to make his move out of there in Free Agency in the off-season.
Utah Jazz Adds Young Talent with Jared Butler as Second-Round Pick
There is plenty to like about this young talent joining the Utah Jazz team. Firstly, he is the current Final Four Most Outstanding Player. He is also a National Champion. As a junior for the Bear Squad, he performed as a 3-point shooter at 46.1% – helping the team finish 28-2. Butler is also the champs’ leading goalscorer averaging 16.7 points per game and 2.0 steals per game – making him one of the most successful thieves in the game.
On Thursday night, the Utah Jazz selected Baylor guard Jared Butler with the No. 40 pick and this one, single and well-calculated move could mean big things for the Salt Lake City franchise. This team seemed to have the foresight to snag quite possibly the most overlooked and under-rated player available. Furthermore, the Jazz also managed to acquire two future second-round picks from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for their 30th Pick.
An Impressive History
Jared Butler has had some very intense moments in his young basketball career, having scored baskets in a whole number of top games, most recently and memorably against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Lucas Oil Stadium in the National Championship game during the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in April in Indiana, Indianapolis. According to fans in the state, and reports from National Press such as the Salt Lake Tribune, Butler is a hugely impressive and methodical playmaker that personifies the skills and attitude that the NBA wants to promote.
Butler has come fresh off a Championship from Baylor University and many believed that in this draft he would go as high as 11th. So, the fact that the Jazz managed to get their hands on him for their 40th pick is a small miracle and a huge win.
A Better Season Ahead
Although the Jazz traded away their first-round talent pick, it ended up being a big success. This was the third time in the last six years that Utah Jazz has moved out of the first-round pick with a draft-night trade! Despite this, it’s hard to deny that Utah Jazz could well expect a better next season. They have managed to acquire names such as Eric Paschall, Hassan Whiteside and Rudy Gay – who will definitely make the team even better than before, especially given the fact that they also managed to keep hold of their main players – Joe Ingles, Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson. This is in addition to the huge coup of grabbing Butler with their 40th pick!
Last season they performed impressively, with a win-loss ratio of 52-20, which was enough to see them to the top if their division. In fact, in terms of regular-season games, it was enough to take them to the top if the conference, However, despite topping the table for wins – with one more win than Phoenix Suns, when it came to the playoffs, the Clippers disposed of them and the title was taken by second placed rivals, Phoenix Suns. They went on to lose the NBA finals to Eastern Conference opponents the Milwaukee Bucks.
Obviously, there was much disappointment as this promised to be a promising result. However, there is always next season – and always the drafts to look forward to – who will take them to the next level?
Draft Pick Rumours
Since before the first-round draft pick, people have been throwing around predictions about which players the Jazz will pick. Names thrown around included Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu, who has impressed all the top teams with the speed and agility he has when defending against smaller ballhandling guards and managing to hit 39% in his junior year. All over the country, players hold their breath to see who will be available for the final pick of the season.
Utah Jazz FAQs
Can I Bet on Utah Jazz Winning the Season?
Yes, before drafts begin, depending on which state you are located in, there will be options to wager on the drafts at many top sportsbooks. Simply look at the menu on the sidebar – Utah Jazz can then be typed into the navigation bar. All possible bets available for the Jazz will then be listed, including outright winners of the division, conference or even NBA finals.
Who Did the Utah Jazz Draft Picks This Year?
The Jazz drafted Jared Butler with the 40th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.