On The Clock: Pick #3 – Utah Jazz

With Kyrie Irving now sporting the wine and gold and Derrick Williams becoming the newest member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, for now, the Utah Jazz have several options when it comes to their first lottery pick.

Brandon KnightAfter weighing all of the options, with the third pick of the 2011 Crossover Chronicles NBA Mock Draft, the Utah Jazz select Kentucky guard Brandon Knight.

I know, big surprise. Knight has been slated to be taken at number three is several mock drafts, but after taking a hard look at some of the available options for the Jazz at number three, Knight appears to be the way to go.

Enes Kanter is certainly the best player available, but with a trio of bigs currently on the Jazz roster, including Al Jefferson, Paul Milsap and Derrick Favors, they would not be filling a need.

The Jazz could look to fill a void at small forward with Andrei Kirilenko being mentioned in plenty of trade rumors. Jan Vesely is an intriguing option and they could take a risk on Kawhi Leonard, but Knight is the safe bet and he will bolster the backcourt pairing with Devin Harris.

Knight is an overall upgrade over the current Jazz shooting guards, Raja Bell and C.J. Miles, and having two very good defenders at the off guard with Bell and Knight could work well in Utah.

While Knight is listed at point guard, he is 6-4 and his 6-7 wingspan will allow him to defend both guard positions. Knight’s speed and ability to score, paired with his high basketball IQ will make him quite the handful on the offensive end as well.

After their third pick, the Jazz will still have their 12th pick that they could use to select a small forward.

Now on the clock are the Cleveland Cavaliers with the fourth pick.

About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.