Questions of the week: Who will the Jazz pick at Nos. 14 and 21 in the first round of Thursday’s NBA draft? Will they move up or down or out? Whatever happens, will it make a real difference?

Let’s take those one at a time in reverse order.

Kevin O’Connor seems to believe there will be a player available who could help. He said that a month ago. His exact quote was: "There will be a player there that hopefully we draft, but if not, drafted after us, that becomes a good NBA player. It’s our responsibility, our call, our job. … We’ve got to do it right and if we don’t do it right often enough, then we shouldn’t have the job."

Some supposedly bright guys have dismissed this draft as weak. And even in years of substantial depth, percentages show, according to my friend and draft geek David Locke, players picked after No. 10 in the first round have about a 50 percent chance of ever contributing as rotational players. But how many of them become players of genuine impact? Only exceptions.

The Jazz seek, then, the exceptional.

They have more than holes to plug, they have breaches to dam up. They have more than half a roster to fill. They have financial flexibility and in the world of the new collective bargaining agreement, that is an advantage only a few teams currently enjoy. But dollars under the tax threshold don’t win games.