Rainier Ehrhardt, Associated Press
Duke’s Frank Jackson, left, drives past Troy’s B.J. Miller, right, during the second half in a first-round game of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Friday, March 17, 2017.
With 2017 NBA draft is coming just a few days since the conclusion of the NBA Finals. Dennis Lindsey should take notice of what kind of basketball that was being played there. The champions, Golden State Warriors, won by playing position-less basketball. Position-less basketball requires teams to have players who can defend multiple positions, shoot from deep at a high level and be playmakers with high basketball IQs.
In position-less basketball, there are three kinds of players: First, combo guards, who can play with or without the ball, a Stephen Curry type. Second, wings or 3-and-D guys who can guard most players on the court, a Andre Iguodala type. And third, bigs who can defend in space and protect the rim, a Draymond Green type.
The Jazz have a lot of players who can play in this system. George Hill and Dante Exum serve as combo guards. The wings or 3-and-D guys are Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood and Joe Ingles, and the bigs are Derrick Favors, Trey Lyles and Rudy Gobert. Consider the value Ingles provided last season in his role. He defended point guards like Chris Paul, forwards like LeBron James and bigs like Green. As the Warriors showed in the past few years, one can never have enough of these kinds of players. As the Jazz scout these prospects, here a few names they should pay close attention to.