2023 NBA Mock Draft: Mavericks go defense, Pistons surprise at 5
By Tyler Watts
16. Utah Jazz (via Timberwolves) take Jalen Hood-Schifino
The Jazz are in the early stages of a rebuild. Lauri Markkanen became an All-Star and has taken over as their building block. Utah got a massive haul of draft picks for Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, and Danny Ainge is searching for difference-makers in the draft.
They have three first-round picks in 2023, and the Jazz would love to find a long-term solution at point guard. Hood-Schifino may be best as a secondary creator, but he is 6’6 with strong versatility. He can make plays and is fantastic in the mid-range along with being able to guard multiple positions. The 19-year-old has a 6’10 wingspan and is a strong on-ball defender.
The biggest question mark is his jumper as Hood-Schifino shot just 33.3 percent on 111 3-point attempts during his lone season at Indiana University. It is not the prettiest shot, and it will be an area of needed improvement at the next level.
The Utah Jazz could let him develop on the court next season. He may begin the season primarily in the G League until he works his way into the rotation. Tightening up his handle and cutting down on his turnovers will be key if the Jazz want him to be their point guard of the future.