LeBron James explains why he took Jazz players last in NBA All-Star Draft

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The Jazz may be one of the best teams in the NBA, with a style of play that’s built to win in the postseason, but they’re not one of he more attractive squads to watch. They’ve been racking up wins — 27 of them, with only nine losses — but are getting it done with defense, perimeter shooting and contributions from underrated, more unheralded players.

As such, we’re interested in getting some bets down for the game, specifically player props. If you can find a sportsbook that offers a prop for Mitchell’s points, we’d feel quite comfortable betting it over. And in case you need to shop around for the best line, us-bookies.com has you covered, as they do a great job of listing the top sportsbooks in America, so make sure to check them out.

Concerning The Jazz, in particular, we know that while they do have two noteworthy stars that even casual NBA fans know by name, it doesn’t necessarily mean players on other teams are lining up to play with them.

We know that because team captains LeBron James and Kevin Durant selected their teams for the All-Star Game — which will take place on Sunday, and the two Jazz players weren’t exactly hot-ticket items.

In fact, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell ended up essentially being the Mr. Irrelevants of the draft, having been the final two players taken. James attempted to downplay what took place by cracking a joke about how Jazz players were rarely chosen when people played NBA-related video games.

“We never played with Utah,” James said with a laugh.


The Jazz have been disrespected and overlooked by both fans and analysts all season, so this particular occurrence won’t go over well by their players. We expect Mitchell to go off and have a big game on Sunday, sending a statement about what took place on Thursday night.

And if you are looking at getting action down on the game, prepare to see plenty of points. Scoring in NBA games this season is the highest its ever been, in terms of point totals, but the All-Star Game is a completely different animal. The over-under is currently set at 308.5 for a reason — very little defense, if any, is played. Guys don’t want to get injured, nor do they want to expend all that much energy. The All-Star Game is a glorified highlight show, similar to the Pro Bowl, so just sit back, get your bets in, and enjoy the action.

It will be interesting to see if the Jazz players remember James’ comments, though, especially in the playoffs.

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