As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of the NBA Draft. It’s one of the highlights that I look forward to during the offseason. It combines the two sports that I enjoy and follow religiously (college hoops and the NBA). With March Madness upon us -and discovering which teams and players will be playing in the upcoming NCAA tournament- Now is the time we get to witness the college stars of today performing on the biggest stage… and then hoping and imagining that one day, their splendid basketball careers will continue with the Utah Jazz.
However, this year may be the anomaly or exception. The Jazz will likely NOT have a 1st round pick this summer because it was traded “conditionally” to the Philadelphia 76ers for Kyle Korver (and then again to Minnesota). Draftexpress.com explains it something like this…
"Minnesota, via Philadelphia, receives a first round pick from Utah, as part of the Kyle Korver trade. Pick is protected 1 through 22 in 2009, 1 through 15 in 2010, 1 through 17 in 2011, 1 through 16 in 2012 and 1 through 16 in 2013. If pick has not been conveyed by then, Utah shall convey their own 2014 2nd round pick and 1,150,000 in cash on or before July 15, 2014."
So, because the Jazz are performing so well (of which I’m ecstatic) and continue to rise in the standings, we will more than likely lose out on our 2009 1st round pick. That’s just too bad because I love the draft. What will I look forward to when the summer roles around? MLB? Real Salt Lake?… Please! The good thing is… we could very easily have two picks for the NBA Draft of 2010 (our own and New York’s). "New York owes a protected 1st round draft pick to Utah, due before 2010 (top 24 protected in 2007, top 23 protected in 2008, top 22 protected in 2009, unprotected in 2010) [via Phoenix.]" And seriously... that would be sweet!
Let the madness begin!