Salt Lake City – The 2024 NBA Draft could be the perfect opportunity for the Utah Jazz to add their next superstar to the roster.
Last week, Jazz CEO Danny Ainge dropped a few hints about the team’s rebuilding timeline, mentioning both the 2023 and 2024 drafts.
“I’m not sure how I rank it with historical drafts,” Ainge even said of next June, “but I think it’s better than last year’s draft. I think ’24 is better than ’23, but that’s too early to start judging 16- and 17-year-olds.”
Danny Ainge on the quality of the 2023 NBA draft.
“I think it’s better than last year’s draft. I think 24 could be even better than 23.”
— Ben Anderson (@BensHoops) September 12, 2022
It felt like a throwaway line from Ainge at the time, a sudden statement as the team’s draft assets underwent a complete roster overhaul.
But Ainge’s comments on Monday became even more provocative after the athletic report Shams Charania The league was looking to lower the draft-eligible age for players looking to enter the NBA.
“The reduced age limit for jumps from high school to the NBA will go into effect as soon as the 2024 NBA draft,” Charania wrote.
That means in 2024, the NBA’s two divisions will merge, with both top 19-year-olds declaring for the draft after one year of college and high school seniors eligible to jump into the league for the first time. From 2005
Sources: NBA and NBPA are in serious talks for collective bargaining agreement on new issues:
– 19 to 18 draft eligibility, high school return to NBA
– Measuring what allows players to refer to mental health similar to physical injuries
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 19, 2022
Essentially, the amount of talent in the draft will double, giving the Jazz more access to star players in the lottery, without necessarily getting one of the top overall picks.
The 2023 draft has French phenom Victor Wembanyama and Scott Henderson penciled in as potential stars at the next level, but it would take a major lottery win to land either player.
Even if the Jazz finish with the worst record in the NBA next season, they still only have one 27 percent chance Landing one of the top two picks in the draft.
However, a team that finishes with the league’s record can’t fall higher than fifth in the draft, which could be a good stretch for a star player in the draft with twice as much talent as usual.
Even before Monday’s report, the Jazz had an added incentive to lose games in the 2023-24 season.
with @utahjazz In a busy offseason, you may have lost track of exactly how many draft picks are owed and when.
Here’s a running list of future draft assets the Jazz have through 2027. # Take note
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) September 2, 2022
Although jazz is his own 15 first round picks Between now and 2029, they have just one pick in the suddenly coveted 2024 draft. And no matter where that pick falls after the 10th pick, it will be the Oklahoma City Thunder, giving the Jazz a small reason to start winning over the next two seasons.
While the Jazz front office will certainly do their best to land the team a high draft pick this offseason, the 2024 draft presents a unique opportunity to add star talent to the team.
If the team doesn’t complete a chance to draft Wembanyama or Henderson next June, a deep star talent class could be on the horizon two years from now.