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Utah Jazz Roster Report 2008-06-30


Utah Jazz Roster Report 2008-06-30
DRAFT PICKS:

Kosta Koufos, C, 7-0, Ohio State -- With range out to the three-point arc, Koufos someday could succeed Mehmet Okur with the Jazz. He was one of 10 freshmen to be drafted in the first round and likely is ticketed for the NBA Development League as a rookie.

Ante Tomic, C, 7-2, Croatia -- The 21-year-old will remain overseas for at least another season and possibly longer. But the Jazz believe Tomic will someday play in the NBA. He has size and skills but little strength to play inside.

Tadija Dragicevic, F, 6-9, Serbia -- The Jazz believe the Adriatic League MVP will someday play in the NBA, much like Tomic. There are questions about whether Dragicevic is best suited as a power forward or a small forward.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Although Deron Williams was snubbed from the All-Star Game for the second consecutive season, the 23-year-old guard proved himself to be the Jazz's leading man. Williams was a second-team all-NBA selection and started to hear "MVP" chants regularly at EnergySolutions Arena. He averaged 18.8 points and 10.5 assists and sent the Jazz into the conference semifinals with a barrage of three-pointers in Game 6 against Houston in the first round.

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER: Carlos Boozer started out the season being selected Western Conference Player of the Month for November but was the Jazz's disappearing All-Star in the playoffs. Boozer averaged 16.0 points and 12.3 rebounds in the playoffs and topped his regular-season scoring average (21.1 points) only once in 12 games. He was plagued by everything from foul trouble to turnovers to missed free throws and shot just 41.5 percent in the playoffs. He fouled out with more than four minutes left in the Jazz's Game 6 loss to the Lakers.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: The Jazz have 13 of 14 players under contract for next season and are expected to tender C.J. Miles a qualifying offer, leaving Miles a restricted free agent. They are expected to exercise the third-year option on Paul Millsap and already have been notified that No. 3 point guard Jason Hart will not opt out of his deal. Miles is searching for a place he can play more after averaging just 11.3 minutes per game this season. The Jazz have to decide whether keeping Miles makes sense with three other shooting guards in Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver and rookie Morris Almond. Deron Williams is eligible to sign a potential $80 million extension as early as July 1.

PLAYER NOTES:

--G C.J. Miles sparked a minor controversy last summer when he skipped playing in the Rocky Mountain Revue summer league. Miles was a restricted free agent and didn't want to run the risk of an injury by playing. Jazz coach Jerry Sloan voiced his disagreement, particularly when Miles struggled in training camp.

Now Miles is facing another summer as a restricted free agent and Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor said the team would ask the 21-year-old to play in the Revue if he was interested in returning. Miles is hoping to sign a deal similar to what Detroit's Amir Johnson inked last summer.

--G Morris Almond returned to Utah from his summer home in Houston and spent four days on the road traveling to Jr. Jazz basketball clinics around the state. Almond visited two towns home to fewer than 200 people -- Altamont and Tabiona -- and traveled more than 900 miles in all. The Jazz have had their youngest players hit the road every summer for the past 25 years.

--C Kosta Koufos has a decision to make about playing for Greece in an Olympic qualifying tournament in July or spending the month with the Jazz' summer-league team. He is said to be leaning toward staying in Utah. Koufos is listed on Greece's roster for the tournament, which will be held in Athens.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: June 30, 2008

 

 
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