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Published Time: 28.06.2024 - 09:32:56 Modified Time: 28.06.2024 - 09:32:56

Though Filipowski played center in college, he doesn’t profile as a traditional rim-running, rim-protecting big. But, in the same vein of Olynyk, he is a smart help defender who is surprisingly good at staying in front of his man; he is gifted with the ball and can do all the things that make stretch bigs valuable in today’s NBA. Kyle Filipowski


There’s certainly reason for Jazz fans to be excited the addition of Filipowski to this current roster. Remember when the Jazz had Kelly Olynyk on the team with Walker Kessler and Markkanen — that front-court lineup that gave the Jazz a ton of versatility as well as some really intimidating length? It’s not a huge stretch to think that Filipowski could add the same kind of depth to the Jazz’s frontcourt in time.

Though Filipowski played center in college, he doesn’t profile as a traditional rim-running, rim-protecting big. But, in the same vein of Olynyk, he is a smart help defender who is surprisingly good at staying in front of his man; he is gifted with the ball and can do all the things that make stretch bigs valuable in today’s NBA.

At 6-foot-11, Filipowski can dribble, pass, shoot, run either side of a pick-and-roll, he sets great screens, is a good cutter, reads the floor well and can pick-and-pop. He has a great NBA frame and as he fills it out, he has potential to become a strong player at the rim, but he does need to develop a bit to be able to play against stronger players in the post.

Many believed that Filipowski would be off the draft board before the end of the first round, including everyone in the Jazz front office. Some reports have indicated that Filipowski was nervous during the pre-draft process. But the Jazz front office weren’t worried anything and didn’t see any red flags with Filipowski.

“We do deep background on all the draft prospects to make sure that we’re ultimately comfortable selecting them,” Jazz vice president of basketball strategy Steven Schwartz said. “We’re more than happy to have Kyle join the Jazz, and we’re comfortable with everything. We’re excited who he is as a person, so we’re not concerned.”

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