SALT LAKE CITY — Any drama that had constructed up ready for the Utah Jazz to make the ultimate choose of the primary spherical in Thursday’s 2021 NBA Draft fizzled out when the crew traded its choice.
However even within the second spherical, the Jazz had been capable of land a participant with massive title recognition in Jared Butler. The previous Baylor level guard was named the Most Excellent Participant of the 2021 NCAA event by which the Bears gained.
Butler, 20, was a first-team All-American final season and was ranked the 4th finest level guard within the draft by ESPN.
“The truth that his knee was additionally red-flagged by NBA medical doctors was ultimately an excessive amount of for groups selecting within the first spherical, inflicting him to slip all the best way to 40 the place he may very properly find yourself being among the best worth picks of the draft,” wrote ESPNs Jonathan Givony.
Whereas the Jazz had been on the clock with the thirtieth choose, the crew traded it to the Memphis Grizzlies. In return, Utah acquired the fortieth choose, which ended up being Butler, and two future second spherical alternatives, in response to ESPNs Adrian Wojnarowski.
Simply earlier than taking Butler, the Sacramento Kings took Utah State’s Neemias Queta with the thirty ninth choose.