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GBB Community 2014 NBA Mock Draft: Utah Jazz Pick #5, TRADE ALERT!

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a trade!!

Editor's Note: Here is the link to the posting schedule for all 30 picks. If you're wanting to work out a trade with someone you'll need to make contact in the comments of one of these posts and work something out over email or Twitter.

Other Picks: #1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8
Team and Draft Order Representative GM Player Selected
#1 Cleveland Cavaliers Chris Faulkner Andrew Wiggins
#2 Milwaukee Bucks Kwhittington Joel Embiid
#3 Philadelphia 76ers KellyMelvina Jabari Parker
#4 Orlando Magic BluesCityJoe Dante Exum


The Utah Jazz, represented by jmxisnext, trade the following:

  • 5th overall pick in 2014 draft
  • Enes Kanter
  • John Lucas
  • Jeremy Evans the Philadelphia 76ers, represented by KellyMelvina, in exchange for:

  • 10th overall pick in the 2014 draft
  • Thaddeus Young
  • Henry Sims
  • Rights to Arselan Kazemi of the Iran Super League

With the 5th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select:

5) Aaron Gordon

After making a deal that lands the 76ers their "center of the future", we've decided to take Aaron Gordon with the fifth overall pick of the draft.

It'll be unorthodox, especially due to Gordon's size, but with the NBA heading to a position-less league aka 1 point guard, 3 wings, and a center, Gordon fits perfectly with what Philly is trying to build going forward. He's the complete opposite of Jabari Parker. While Parker is an offensive savant, Gordon is expected to be a force defensively. At his size, 6'9 to be exact, Gordon has the ability to defend everyone from starting point guards to start power forwards. In what will be a fast-paced offense, Gordon will fit perfectly alongside Michael Carter-Williams as he is an excellent finisher on the fast break.

As far as Kanter goes, here is a chance to prove he is a starting center in the NBA today. Last season for the Utah Jazz, the big man averaged 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in 26.7 minutes of play. He wasn't the best fit alongside Derrick Favors, but with Nerlens Noel expected to be a solid defensive player throughout his career, it's the perfect balance. Philly is gonna want to play fast, but that type of play is sustainable throughout an entire game. With Kanter, he brings the perfect low-post presence in half-court offense.