Miye Oni was not only selected in the NBA Draft but is headed to a team in the Utah Jazz that has roster space.
KSL.com noted in an article Friday that the franchise is in need of players to fill its roster after dealing Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver and Jae Crowder to the Memphis Grizzlies for Mike Conley two days prior.
A 2016 study by SLC Dunk, SB Nation’s Utah Jazz community, found that for the 20 years between the 1996 NBA Draft and the 2015 NBA Draft, 401 of 600 second-round picks saw at least one game at the NBA level.
The Jazz traded one of its 2017 second-round picks that year, Thomas Bryant, to the Los Angeles Lakers, for whom he played 15 games as a rookie before being waived and ending up with the Washington Wizards last year, even scoring 31 points in a game.
The other 2017 second-round choice, Nigel Williams-Goss, signed with a Serbian team after playing for the Jazz in the Summer League and has never played in the NBA. The Jazz dealt their second-round pick from a year ago, Vincent Edwards, to the Houston Rockets, for whom he played in two NBA games last season.
Could Miye Oni be the next Shandon Anderson or even Paul Millsap for the Jazz in terms of impact? We’ll find out.
Oni and his two fellow Jazz second-rounders are expected to participate in the Jazz summer league squad next month.