Friday, June 26, 2009
In my eyes, it was a great draft last night. I was hoping for Jeff Teague to be the impact player that slipped, but he was scooped up by Atlanta right before the Jazz' pick. With Hansborough long gone, I was convinced that the Jazz would take DeJuan Blair (who I think will be solid). I also had concerns that they would convince themselves to draft a big white guy, a moustachioed version of Kosta Koufos. But then the Jazz did something they rarely do on draft night: they took the right guy.
Now, Eric Maynor does not have the boom/bust potential of some of guys that were picked from 10-19. He's not the second coming of Deron Williams. But, he is a complete, solid point guard that Jerry Sloan will love and perhaps even play as a rookie. He is, in effect, our new Howard Eisley. And don't forget that at his peak, Eisley was a great backup point guard for the Jazz, giving us 25 solid minutes a game.
There will be more about Maynor. Hopefully Guru will chime in. But to get you excited for the Maynor era, a little clip from the 1st Round of the NCAA tournament in 2007.