12-15-2013, 04:13 AM
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Re: Season of the tank!-2013-14 regular season
SALT LAKE CITY — The most recent action Rudy Gobert and Ian Clark got in an NBA arena came Friday after shootaround when the Utah Jazz rookies had to shag basketballs that’d been punted into the Pepsi Center seats by older teammates.
Neither player has seen much time on the court, though.
That will change beginning today when the first-year pros get a new opportunity to get all sorts of playing time — in the D-League.
On Saturday, the Jazz assigned Gobert and Clark to their affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam. The center and shooting guard should be in uniform Sunday afternoon when the D-League squad travels to Nevada to play the Reno Bighorns.
Now that the Jazz have 15 healthy players on their roster, management decided it’d be best to give the rarely used rookies some experience instead of keeping them at the end of the bench.
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said the main things he wants for Gobert and Clark is “to play, get some time on the floor to play, play extended minutes and learn.”
While the rookies head to the D-League, their NBA teammates will be on a five-game Southeastern tour in Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, Charlotte and Memphis.
The Jazz traded for Gobert, a French center, on the night of the June draft after he was selected 27th overall by Denver. The 7-foot-1 center has averaged 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 points and 0.8 blocks in 10.7 minutes during 17 appearances.
Clark, a Belmont University product, went undrafted but was signed by the Jazz shortly after he was named MVP of the Las Vegas Summer League. The 6-3 shooting guard has only played in eight games (2.8 ppg).
The Jazz had only sent six other players to the D-League before this move for Gobert and Clark.
Incidentally, Jazz point guard Diante Garrett was called up from the Iowa Energy last month after playing for the Jam last season.
D-League games can be viewed on the league's YouTube channel or at NBA.com/dleague. The Bakersfield-Reno game tips off at 4 p.m. MST Sunday.
About time! I'm guessing it might just be during the road trip when they don't have much practice time. That's what O'Conner liked to do. Gobert should dominate down there defensively and on the boards. He needs to get used to the physicality and be able to stay out of foul trouble and work on his offensive game. Clark needs to play at a very high level just to show he's worth keeping around after his guarantee runs out.
Last edited by Xiao Yao You : 12-15-2013 at 04:16 AM.