With the twenty-third pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz select…

Blue Route is bringing you draft coverage leading up to the NBA draft on June 20th, 2019. The Philadelphia 76ers are slated to select 24th pick in the draft. The NBA Draft often sees movement, trades, and drama, so to prepare you for various potential outcomes, the Blue Route will be giving you draft profiles for the all of the likely top picks, as well as our very own mock draft.

2019 NBA Mock Draft Results
  1. New Orleans Pelicans – Zion Williamson
  2. Memphis Grizzlies – Ja Morant
  3. New York Knicks – RJ Barrett
  4. Los Angeles Lakers – Jarrett Culver
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers – DeAndre Hunter
  6. Phoenix Suns – Coby White
  7. Chicago Bulls – Cam Reddish
  8. Atlanta Hawks – Sekou Doumbouya
  9. Washington Wizards – Bol Bol 
  10. Atlanta Hawks – Jaxson Hayes 
  11. Minnesota Timberwolves – Nickeil Alexander-Walker
  12. Charlotte Hornets – Darius Garland
  13. Miami Heat – PJ Washington
  14. Boston Celtics – Brandon Clarke
  15. Detroit Pistons – Rui Hachimura
  16. Orlando Magic – Goga Bitazde
  17. Atlanta Hawks – Nassir Little
  18. Indiana Pacers – Bruno Fernando
  19. San Antonio Spurs – Cam Johnson
  20. Boston Celtics – Talen Horton-Tucker
  21. Oklahoma City Thunder – Tyler Herro
  22. Boston Celtics – Romeo Langford

 

The Utah Jazz are now on the clock for the first time, after having been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs against the Houston Rockets. Utah has a good future ahead of them with dominant defensive center Rudy Gobert and young shooting guard Donovan Mitchell leading the way. While the future looks decent, there is certainly no guarantee of success. With a lot of more talented teams currently in power in the West, as well as young teams ascending in the ranks, the Jazz still have a ways to go to get to the top. Utah needs to make some moves to help take themselves to that next step. That can hopefully begin in free agency, as well as the draft. With all of that being said, with the 23rd pick in the 2019 NBA draft, the Utah Jazz select: Matisse Thybulle from the University of Washington.

Why Matisse Thybulle makes sense for the Utah Jazz:

Matisse is probably one of the best 3 and D prospects remaining in this part of the draft and has a lot of upside to his game. Standing at 6 foot 5, he is incredible on the defensive side of the ball and was a major threat in college on that end. He has great length, as evidenced by a 7 foot wingspan, and a 41 inch vertical to add to that, so his potential on defense is very high. Thybulle earned a lot of hardware in his time at Washington, including back-to-back PAC 12 Defensive Player of the Year and won NCAA Defensive Player of the Year this past season. His length and verticality aren’t just good on one side of the ball. His ability to rise up and explode for dunks is there as well, and he shoots pretty well from beyond the arc, shooting 30% this past year but in some years was up to 40% from three. Utah would be picking a potentially elite sixth man here if he develops into the right player. Due to his size, he most likely won’t start because Mitchell is the starting 2 guard and Joe Ingles starts at the 3, but if he develops right, it wouldn’t be out of the question for him to start at small forward.

Current State of the Utah Jazz:

Utah was eliminated in 5 games by the Houston Rockets this past season and finished the regular season at 50-32, which is very good. The Jazz will have roughly $17 million to spend this offseason and could make other personnel moves to clear up some more space if needed. They will be paying Dante Exum $9.6 million for the next 3 seasons, which if moved could help greatly to create a max contract slot. Also, Kyle Korver is making $7.5 million, and Derek Favors is slotted for $16.9 million. If they want a max player, they definitely can make the moves to bring somebody in, they just would have to move draft capital to do so. Positions the Utah Jazz will be looking at are most likely power forward and point guard. Just a few days ago, Ricky Rubio stated he does not expect to return back for the upcoming season, so there is a hole there at point. Potential replacements are Patrick Beverley or Terry Rozier. Both would be nice fits in Utah.

Besides that, Utah has a bright future ahead of them, they just need to make the right moves in order to make that next step. They have the cornerstones possibly; these next few free agencies and drafts will help determine if Utah will sink or swim.

Rookie Predictions:

I don’t expect Thybulle to be dominant at all right off the bat. His offensive game will most likely not be much of a threat until he gets older, but in key situations, I would not be surprised to see him in the game for defensive purposes. If he learns the scheming early on, he could be one of the best defensive threats off the bench in the league in just a few years time. Matisse has the ability to make explosive coast-to-coast plays occasionally with stolen passes at the top of the key that lead to a transition slam or a block inside that could set up an open shot. These plays don’t happen very often, but Thybulle has the ability to make it happen.

Rookie Stat Predictions:

Points per game: 5.4

Rebounds per game: 1.8

Assists per game: 1.2

Blocks per game: 1.1

Steals per game: 1.4