The Duke shooting guard brings his reputation as a petulant, immature and, yes, dirty player with him. So do Jazz fans. Which makes it such a fascinating fit. Robert Whaley had a statutory rape charge that ended in a mistrial inand assault charges stemming from a fight while in junior college.
There were academic and disciplinary problems with his college coach at Cincinnati.
Shortly after joining the Jazz, Whaley was involved in a minor incident at a Park City club. He also was arrested outside a Salt Lake apartment with what police said were several bags of marijuana. Inno longer with the Jazz, he was sentenced for burglarizing a Layton hotel.
Luther Wright had drug issues and spent time in the Tooele County jail after being arrested in Olden Polynice was charged with shoplifting in college, and charged in Utah with impersonating an officer.
Bernard King was arrested on five felony sex charges.
They lacked perimeter scoring. So the Jazz — who eschew nothing more than controversy — made the controversial pick, a person who might have been the best shooter left in the draft.