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    Default Re: 2018 off-season

    The Salt Lake City Stars were hoping for their version of that Cinderella story through open tryouts at Bruin Arena on the campus of Salt Lake Community College.

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    https://www.deseretnews.com/article/...-contract.html

    Lindsey still has a couple of training camp invites to hand out, but the Jazz's 2018-19 roster looks complete. Someone deserves a relaxing vacation on the beach after assembling the team.
    No he doesn't

    After adding Rubio last summer, the Jazz struggled during the first half of last season; so did Rubio. The Jazz clicked when Rubio did and went on to win 29 of their final 35 games. They jumped from 10th to fifth in the West and won their first-round playoff series. The entire team deserves credit for the turnaround, but Rubio played a key factor.
    Gobert

    During this incredible stretch, Rubio averaged 16 points, five rebounds and five assists a game. He also had a fantastic playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, highlighted by his triple-double in Game 3.
    35%

    [QUOTE]Rubio is a great teammate, one of the best passers in the game and a pesky defender. But what he

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    https://hoopshabit.com/2018/09/21/ut...-nba-season/4/

    3. Derrick Favors finishes top five in scoring among power forwards


    2. The Utah Jazz finish top-10 in scoring
    possible. not likely

    1. Dante Exum wins Sixth Man of the Year

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    https://www.deseretnews.com/article/...19-season.html

    [QUOTE]Opposing teams may be better prepared this year for Mitchell, who will need to get his teammates involved more as he receives more attention. Mitchell

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    https://www.slcdunk.com/the-downbeat...s-a-chill-pill

    [QUOTE]With Butler now available, of course we have to ask, would the Jazz be interested in a trade? The quick answer to that would be

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    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2...iguing-players

    About three minutes into Jazz's dispiriting Jan. 22 road loss to the Hawks, Ricky Rubio missed a layup. He was 0-of-5. Quin Snyder, Utah's coach, removed Rubio and sat next to him for a chat. Snyder suggested those five shots had been something less than good. Rubio countered that he was open. Snyder put Rubio back in 45 seconds later.
    Therein lies the problem

    Rubio had trouble adjusting to Utah's equal opportunity offense. What was the point of stashing a passing wizard with a rickety jump shot away from the ball?
    there is no point. What's the point of playing defense behind your opponent?


    Rubio discovered sharing the ball concealed his weakness -- that jumper -- instead of exacerbating it. When Mitchell started possessions with a pick-and-roll on one side of the floor, he bent the entire defense toward him. They could not gird themselves to duck under a Rubio pick-and-roll, because they did not know if Rubio would get the ball. "The beauty of our team is that anyone can shoot," Ingles says. "Especially Donovan. He always shoots." (Note: Ingles was teasing. He is always teasing.)
    but only Ingles can shoot. another problem

    He throws conventional passes from unconventional angles, timed to inflict maximum pain; look how this corner-to-corner beauty approaches Ingles' hands while his defender, Corey Brewer, is still drifting into the paint:
    plenty of unconventional ons that were way off target

    "I had those things in my game, but I was just scared before," Rubio says. "I don't even know why. In my head it was always, 'Do the right thing and don't make mistakes.'"
    right there is his biggest problem. mental weakness

    Rubio has to sustain this for Utah to continue climbing. It won't be easy. There will be nights when Rubio spends too much time in the corner, a passive decoy defenses ignore. His jumper will hit troughs. The Rubio/Gobert/Derrick Favors trio needs to show it can survive on offense over a full season; Favors' improvement on corner 3s and as a playmaker in space will be crucial, too.
    good luck with that!

    Rubio is a free agent this summer, and not yet 28. The Jazz could have a bonanza of cap space. If the Rubio-Mitchell partnership thrives, they will sacrifice a lot of it to keep building.
    and if it doesn't they have Mitchell, O'Neale, Allen and Exum.

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    Default Re: 2018 off-season

    https://www.slcdunk.com/2018/9/24/17...tation-2018-19

    For the third year in a row, the Utah Jazz have one of the deepest teams in the NBA. But that may mean more questions than answers.
    and they ended up not actually being deep when all was said and done

    Depending on your opinion of incoming rookie Grayson Allen, the 2018-19 Utah Jazz have as many as 13 players who could make the rotation for plenty of teams all over the league.
    Does Exum make anyone else's rotation?

    Wing/Guard: Donovan Mitchell (34), Alec Burks (14)
    have you been paying attention? Burks won't be playing. O'Neale and Allen will be ahead of him. Exum will get minutes there. Probably Neto and Niang are ahead of Alec as well

    Forward/Wing: Derrick Favors (8), Jae Crowder (20), Thabo Sefolosha (20)
    Thabo and Jae can only play one spot?

    This is a 10-man rotation, probably deeper than a lot of teams throughout the regular season. And definitely deeper than most playoff rotations.
    I see 9 guys. Allen probably 10. Maybe Niang?

    [QUOTE]And I

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