Monday, June 6, 2011

2011 NBA Mock Draft: Is Chris Singleton the Right Fit for Utah Jazz?

Chris Singleton is the Right Fit For Utah Jazz in the 2011 NBA Draft

The Utah Jazz pick at No. 3 in the 2011 NBA Draft, and most draft experts have the Jazz taking Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight.

For our purposes, we will assume that they get Knight at No. 3 and look to address other needs with the No. 12 pick.

With former Jazz small forward Andrei Kirilenko on his way to free agency, Utah will need to address the need for a defensive forward. The perfect fit for their need would be Florida State small forward Chris Singleton.

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Singleton is one of the most versatile players in the draft, and his size and speed lend for him to play the two and three positions on the floor for the Jazz when they need it.

The real strength that Singleton poses that the Jazz will need with Kirilenko departure is his defensive prowess. With long arms and great basketball I.Q., Singleton is the best defender in the draft and could become one of the best defenders in the NBA.

With Brandon Knight, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap in Utah to score the ball, the addition of Singleton would be a much needed defensive infusion.

I think the best comparison I heard for Singleton was that of a taller, longer Bruce Bowen, and his skill set certainly lends itself for that kind of success for the Jazz.

Check back for more on the NBA Draft as it comes, and check out Bleacher Report?s NBA Draft Page to get your fill of the NBA Draft.

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