It was a big win for Kessler, who surprised everyone this season with his impressive play on the defensive end. Utah was looking to get a better pick in what looked like a historic draft. But the growth of Kessler and Larry Markkanen changed everything.
Here he was one of the best rim protectors in the league as a rookie. On top of his defensive prowess, Kessler was a monster on the boards on both offense and defense, dominating games. The NBA announced the winner of the Rookie of the Year award today and it went to Paulo Banchero.
You can see that Walker Kessler won the 3rd place in the voting. Kessler would be better for the Utah Jazz than anything they got from the Minnesota Timberwolves. If they can hit their picks in the upcoming draft, and find players in free agency that fit their timeline on good deals.
The rise of Kessler and Larry Markkanen changed everything. Now, combined with a treasure trove of picks an elite head coach, and two young cornerstone players, the Jazz are in one of their best positions ever. Find players in free agency who fit the timeline and may become a contender much sooner than expected.