Who Would Jazz Select With Eighth Pick In Mock Draft?

Apr 4, 2024, 2:38 PM | Updated: 2:39 pm

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Reed Sheppard #15 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates after making a three point shot (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY – Who are the Utah Jazz likely to select with the eighth pick according to the latest NBA mock drafts?

After the Brooklyn Nets stunned the playoff-bound Indiana Pacers with a 115-111 victory on Wednesday, the Jazz stand alone with a 29-47 record, and are projected to select eighth in June’s NBA draft.

Related: What Happens If Jazz Win The Draft Lottery?

While the Jazz have a 26.2 percent chance of moving up into the top four picks, and a 39.3 percent chance of selecting ninth or worse, let’s look at who the top mock drafts have the Jazz selecting if they were to hold onto the eighth pick after the lottery.

Note: This article will report the player each mock draft has projected eighth, regardless of whether they’ve updated their draft order to reflect the latest NBA standings.

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ESPN: Dalton Knecht – Wing – Tennessee 

After stops at Northeastern Junior College and Northern Colorado to begin his college career, Dalton Knecht transferred to Tennessee for his final season and quickly established himself as one of the best scorers in the country.

The 6-foot-6-inch Knecht averaged 21.7 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting a blistering 39.7 percent from the three-point line on 6.5 attempts per game, and was named the SEC Player of the Year in his lone season in Knoxville.

ESPN also has the Jazz drafting Pittsburgh guard Carlton Carrington with the 27th pick, and California wing Jaylon Tyson with the 32nd pick.

Bleacher Report: Nikola Topic – Guard – Serbia

Nikola Topic has been projected near the top of most boards over the last year, but an injury to the 6-foot-6-inch guard could see him slip on draft night.

Topic is one of the best passers in the draft, has excellent size, and produced at a high level in Europe, but questions about his shooting and defense could land him in the mid-lottery.

Bleacher Report has the Jazz selecting North Carolina forward Harrison Ingram with the 27th pick, and Colorado guard KJ Simpson with the 32nd pick in their latest mock.

Tankathon: Ja’Kobe Walter – Guard – Baylor

At 6-feet-5-inches tall, Ja’Kobe Walter has good size for a modern 3-and-D guard in the NBA.

Walter shot a reasonable 34.1 percent from three in his lone season at Baylor, but his 37 percent field goal rate is low, as are his 1.4 assists per game.

Tankathon has the Jazz selecting Colorado forward Tristan da Silva with the 27th pick, and Purdue center Zach Edey with the 32nd pick.

The Ringer: Matas Buzelis – Wing – G League Ignite

According to Kevin O’Connor’s big board, Matas Buzelis would be the choice for the Jazz at eight after spending one year with the G League Ignite.

Buzelis averaged 16.4 points and 7.7 rebounds in what will be the final year of the Ignite’s existence, while shooting 45 percent from the floor and 26 percent from three.

At 6-foot-11-inches tall, Buzelis has some of the best physical gifts in the draft, but did not live up to the hype as a potential No. 1 overall pick this season in the G League.

The Ringer ranks Pittsburgh guard Carlton Carrington as the 27th-best player in the draft, and Illinois wing Terrance Shannon as the 32nd-rated player.

Yahoo Sports: Reed Sheppard – Guard – Kentucky

Arguably the most surprising player to find his name in the lottery compared to preseason predictions, Reed Sheppard had a stellar season at Kentucky.

The 6-foot-3-inch freshman guard averaged 12.5 points and 4.5 assists while shooting a nearly incomprehensible 53 percent from the floor and 52 percent from three.

Despite his size, Sheppard was also one of the top defenders in college averaging 2.5 steals per game, but had a disappointing performance scoring just three points in his final game at Kentucky.

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Ben Anderson is the Utah Jazz insider for KSL Sports and the co-host of Jake and Ben from 10-12p with Jake Scott on 97.5 The KSL Sports Zone. Find Ben on Twitter at @BensHoops or on Instagram @BensHoops.

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Who Would Jazz Select With Eighth Pick In Mock Draft?