Jazz expecting immediate boost with No. 3 pick

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Having a second pick at No. 12 also will give the Jazz some leverage to make a trade, and fuel plenty of Jimmer Fredette talk over the next five weeks.

Asked how many times he expects to hear Fredette’s name mentioned for that No. 12 selection, Corbin quickly interjected, “How many more times?”

Corbin said the BYU star and consensus national player of the year had a tremendous season, worked hard to get better and deserves all the accolades he received.

He looks forward to seeing how Fredette performs in Chicago since analysts are so divided on how successful the 6-2 shooter will be at the next level.

“He’s a local kid that’s going to create a lot of excitement around here,” Corbin said of Fredette, projected as high as No. 7 or falling to No. 20. “And to get a chance to see him against the other guys in Chicago … will be good.”

The Jazz also expect to bring Fredette and other top prospects to Salt Lake City for team workouts in the next few weeks.

For now, general manager Kevin O’Connor was celebrating a lottery drawing that vaulted Utah up three spots to No. 3. He called it Utah’s best lottery-related luck in 25 years.

“We better not screw it up,” said O’Connor, who admitted being a little nervous owning two picks in the top 12. “We rolled the dice on trading an All-Star and now we’ve got to produce.”

Corbin said the pressure is on him because a team such as the Oklahoma Thunder _ then the Seattle SuperSonics _ got better quickly by taking Kevin Durant No. 2 overall in 2007.

That draft only shows how critical it is to make the right choice. Portland used the No. 1 pick on Ohio State’s 7-footer Greg Oden in 2007, but his career has been marred by injury.

“The pressure’s on, but that’s OK,” O’Connor said. “That’s why you’re in this business.”

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