NBA • Attendees at pre-draft event know Utah has void to fill.
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The Utah Jazz started the process of restructuring their point guard position Saturday, when Texas' Myck Kabongo and South Dakota State's Nate Wolters were among six players participating in a pre-draft workout at the team's practice facility.
None of Utah's veteran point guards from last season Mo Williams, Jamaal Tinsley or Earl Watson is under contract for next year.
In addition, none of the Jazz's four acknowledged building blocks for the future Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Alec Burks is a true point guard.
As a result, the Jazz head into the offseason looking to reshape the position, with Kabongo and Wolters becoming the first of many point guards the Jazz will scrutinize before training camp in October.
Kabongo and Wolters are familiar with the Jazz's point guard situation, of course. That's why the two players worked out for the team prior to the NBA Combine, which starts Wednesday in Chicago.
"Utah does need a point guard, and everybody is aware of that," Kabongo said. "[So] I'm excited to come out here. Obviously the history with John Stockton is here. And a lot of [other] great guards have come through. So it's a pleasure to be here."
Said Wolters: "My agent and I thought this would be a good fit. … We're going to a lot of workouts, [but] to get one before the combine is nice just to have one under my belt."
Kabongo played parts of two seasons at Texas.
As a freshman, he averaged 9.6 points and 5.2 assists in 34 games.
Last season, he averaged 14.6 points and 5.5 assists but played only 11 games because of an investigation into his relationship with agent Rich Paul.
"The games I missed were unfortunate, but it's time to move forward," Kabongo said. "… I have confidence in myself because I know I am a hard worker."
What can the NBA team that drafts Kabongo expect from him?
"I'm a 'whatever my coach needs me to do' type of guy," he said. "Defend for two minutes, defend for 30 minutes whatever my coach asks me to do, I'll do it. That's the kind of point guard I am, and I think every coach enjoys that kind of point guard."
Wolters averaged 22.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 38.1 minutes per game last season at South Dakota State.
He has spent the past month at the IMG Academy in Florida, where he has prepared for pre-draft workouts with trainers and coaches, including ex-Jazz assistant Kenny Natt.
"I think I have pretty good size for the position," Wolters said. "I often can pass over the smaller guards. I can pick-and-roll, read the defenses, stuff like that. Just get teammates involved and make plays for others."
Wolters downplays the notion that NBA teams are worried about the level of competition he faced in the Summit League.
"I've played [against] top competition," he said. "We played Michigan and we won at New Mexico, and I had pretty good success against those teams."
Jazz pre-draft workout
The players who attended a pre-draft workout for the Jazz on Saturday
James Ennis • Forward, 6-6, 235, Long Beach State
Jamelle Hagins • Forward, 6-9, 235, Delaware
Colton Iverson • Center, 7-0, 255, Colorado State
Myck Kabongo • Guard, 6-1, 180, Texas
Mike Snaer • Guard, 6-5, 202, Florida State
Nate Wolters • Guard, 6-4, 190, South Dakota State