Jazz Controlling the Draft Board

With it looking pretty clear who the top 8 picks in the NBA Draft will be, all eyes are now focused on the Utah Jazz with the ninth pick in the draft.

The Jazz were hoping that Georgetown's Greg Monroe fell to them at No. 9. But with the Pistons poised to take him two picks ahead, the team is struggling to find the right fit. Among the candidates are two bigs -- Ed Davis and Patrick Patterson -- and three wings -- Gordon Hayward, Luke Babbitt and Xavier Henry.

As of this afternoon, Jazz brass still hadn't decided which direction they would go. Davis probably fits the biggest need for the Jazz. Carlos Boozer is an unrestricted free agent this summer and may not return to Utah. However, Davis has more potential than actual production right now.

Of the wings, each offer the Jazz a different look. Henry is the best shooter of the group. Babbitt is the best pure scorer. Hayward is the most versatile player of the three, but lacks strength and has an inconsistent jumper.

The team is also looking at several potential deals that could move them up in the draft or give them another pick in the mid first round.

What the Jazz do could have a powerful effect on the rest of the draft. Several teams are jockeying for the 10th pick in the draft, but are unsure of it's value until they know who's left on the board.