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Who will the Jazz draft this year?

The annual NBA Draft is set for Thursday, July 29 (6 p.m., ABC and ESPN) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.  The consensus overall No. 1 pick — by the Detroit Pistons — is Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham. 

As owners of the NBA’s best record in the regular season, the Utah Jazz have the 30th and final selection in the first round. 

A sampling of predictions for the Jazz:

CBS SPORTS.COM — Arizona State guard Josh Christopher (6-5, 215): “Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce . . . B-plus ball handler . . . Tireless defender who can play as adroitly in half-court as he can in full-court attack.”

NBADRAFTJUNKIES.COM — Illinois guard Ayo Dosumnu (6-5, 194): “Dosumnu filled the stat sheet and was one of the best guards in the country this season after flirting with the NBA draft last summer. Utah has a decision to make on Mike Conley this summer so I expect them to use their 1st round pick on a guard.”

NBADRAFT.NET — Gonzaga guard Joel Ayayi (6-5, 180): “Ayayi is a tall lead guard with tremendous quickness and intriguing skills . . . He’s a solid playmaker who developed a consistent outside jumper during his career at Gonzaga . . . High basketball IQ and excellent cutter to create easy buckets for himself.”

NBADRAFTROOM.COM — Auburn forward J.T. Thor (6-9, 203): “Thor is a high level athlete with a great frame and intriguing upside. He measured with a ridiculous 7-3 1/4 wingspan at the combine.”

YAHOO! SPORTS — Texas forward Greg Brown (6-8, 206): A super athletic combo-forward, Brown came into the season very highly regarded. He’s had a solid freshman season, but consistency is an issue. He can shoot from behind the arc, run the floor like a gazelle and he has the potential to be an elite rim protector with his 7-foot wingspan.”

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