Utah Jazz: 5 options for pick No. 23 in 2019 NBA Draft

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5. Naz Reid

One option the Jazz could explore comes at the power forward position with Naz Reid out of LSU.

Reid could be a nice addition to the Utah rotation, although he would primarily be a bench or second unit piece if the Jazz hold onto both Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert.

If Utah happened to part ways with Favors, maybe Reid would have the chance to make his way into the starting lineup to be paired next to Gobert as a nice young duo in Salt Lake City for the foreseeable future.

Reid, a 6’10” forward, is a player that could end up developing into a hidden gem in the latter portion of the draft if he fell to the Jazz at No. 23.

At 260 pounds, he is the type of player that isn’t afraid to get into the paint and bang in the post with larger opponents. He also has the ability to stretch the floor by stepping outside of the 3-point arc, which is rare to find out of a player with his type of build.

On the other side of things, one of Reid’s downsides is that he’s not much of a rim protector and has been shaky in that area of his game throughout his basketball career thus far. That might not be too much of an issue in Utah, though, with Gobert at the center position to protect the rim and clean up the boards nightly.

If Reid is still on the board at No. 23 when the Jazz are selecting in the first round, Utah could certainly explore grabbing the forward out of LSU with the pick. Although he could be somewhat of a risky selection, Reid could also end up developing into a hidden gem.