Carter, who is averaging almost two steals a game has seemed to take his guy out of almost every game. So, a lot of the rumors before their matchup on the 3rd was that Allen was sitting out so that he did not have to face Carter. If that is the case, Allen can not avoid this matchup, and I am here for it.
While there may be many out there who feel the Jazz have made a mistake in not shaking things up, there are many positives to the Jazz simply bringing back the band and seeing how things play out next season.
Many positives but none of them include trying to win as much as possible
Short of LeBron James, there was not really anyone the Jazz could have brought in to make them a legitimate threat to the Golden State Warriors, and based on the second half of last season, there is no reason to believe that the Jazz are not already the number three team in the Western Conference. That said, why not just run it all back, and see what you have here?
There was a big difference between 1/2 and 3 is why. They needed shooting. I guess Niang and Long are the shooters they needed!
The reason we should all be optimistic about the Utah Jazz simply running this all back next season, is because when they clicked in, they were one of the most dominant teams in the entire NBA. I may be a homer, but there is an argument to be made that if the Jazz are in the Eastern Conference last season, they make it to the NBA Finals
From January 23rd on, the Jazz had the second best record in the NBA at 29-6. The impressive record was due in large part to an above average offensive – 108.2 offensive rating – to go along with one of the most dominant defenses we’ve seen in years – 96.5 defensive rating. That combined offensive and defensive effort gave the Jazz a net rating of 12.
And in the playoffs Houston smoked them
One can only wonder what type of record the Jazz could have pulled off had they been healthy throughout the entire season. Rudy Gobert and Dante Exum missed a combined 94 games, and while the 13 wins lost seems a bit high, it’s not outside of the realm of possibility.
But when were they last healthy? Why even bring it up
In case you didn’t notice, a familiar face was missing from the Utah Jazz Summer League roster. After the Jazz's Summer-League opener in Salt Lake City on July 2 versus San Antonio, two-way player Erik McCree has been out for personal reasons. The team hasn’t released any further details. He also didn’t make the trip to Las Vegas and didn’t respond to the Deseret News’ attempt to reach him. The Louisiana Tech product spent the bulk of his offseason leading up to the games in his hometown of Orlando, Florida, after splitting time with the Jazz and Salt Lake City Stars of the G-League last season.
Hope all is well. The guy might have an NBA future. Goss?
After being selected by the Jazz with the 21st overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, everyone was wondering which Grayson Allen we would see this summer. Would it be the controversial villain that he was often portrayed as at Duke or the playmaking guard that the Jazz brass anticipated him to be? Allen didn’t disappoint. Sure, he had a couple of minor altercations with Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks and Wade Baldwin of the Portland Trail Blazers but, in both situations, he didn’t seem to be the aggressor. Those situations still drew national headlines. Allen has wowed Jazz fans with his freak athleticism and ability to run the floor as the primary ball-handler, however his shot has been off. In the first two games in Las Vegas, Allen led the team in scoring with 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals but shot just 38 percent from the field. So far, he seems to be a good fit as a backup floor general.
Thought they just paid someone 33 million to be the back-up floor general? The kid said he is more comfortable off the ball. I'd expect that to be more his role initially with the Jazz. With the Stars they might want the ball in his hands more
We know that Jazz second-year center Tony Bradley has used this offseason in Salt Lake City to get leaner, put on muscle and reduce body fat. What we don’t know is how much? “I don’t want to tell you,” Bradley said. Another thing we do know is that the 20-year-old has stretched from 6-foot-10 to 6-foot-11.5 with sneakers on. His wingspan also increased from 7-5 to 7-6. Before suffering a left wrist contusion in Las Vegas, the former North Carolina big man was averaging 16.0 points and 3.5 rebounds on 87 percent shooting in the first couple of games. Bradley also received Utah Jazz Summer League Standout honors and could become a valued backup center to Rudy Gobert this season if he keeps progressing.
Might get traded before he ever becomes the back-up. No matter how good he gets he's probably Rudy's back-up at best. They'll have to trade him before he becomes a free agent I'd guess
By far, the star of the Utah Jazz Summer League show has been Georges Niang. So much so, that the former Iowa State star has played his way into signing a three-year, $5 million deal after displaying his versatility in both Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. Niang entered this offseason as a restricted free agent after earning All-NBA G-League First Team honors last season as a two-way player for the Santa Cruz Warriors and Salt Lake City Stars. Jazz Summer League head coach Alex Jenson praised him as “an NBA roster player for sure” as Niang is expected to compete for an opening day roster spot with the Jazz. He’s proving he has all the tools to earn minutes.
Not sure he has all the tools. Maybe enough though?
Ahead of Saturday’s summer league game versus Memphis, Georges Niang tweeted “Tag team back again” as the caption to a photo with his best friend Naz Mitrou-Long. One day after signing his deal, Mitrou-Long also inked a two-way contract with the Jazz. The two buddies have amazing on-court chemistry after previously playing together in college at Iowa State. They also share the same Salt Lake City apartment and spend lots of time together. Returning No. 30 and No. 31 is a feel-good story for the organization, but both guys are definitely worthy of playing in the NBA.
Could we quit saying guys that have never proven they can play in the NBA can play in the NBA? It's a long ways from one of the top players in the G-league to an NBA player.
Utah Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey has been quoted as saying that it isn’t the “sexy” thing to do, bringing back nearly the entire roster of players from the previous season. I understand his sentiment, however, it is hard to say that this roster isn’t catching a few backward glances from fans and players alike. A delicate balance has been struck between skill, basketball IQ, locker room chemistry, work ethic, and overall character, and I believe Dennis to be making the correct decision as he refuses an opportunity to switch things up a bit.
It's not really balanced though. It's all about D and shooting be damned despite the system being built to shoot 3's!
Count me in as a believer in Derrick Favors. Without him, the Jazz likely would not have made it to the second round of the NBA Playoffs in both of these past two seasons. This past season, Derrick played 77 games and proved to be the Mr. Reliable of the team. His stat line may not jump off the page, but Fave impacts the game on so many levels that are not well represented by the traditional points/rebounds/assists breakdown. Then again, defense is rarely easy to quantify. Having watched him play since he was traded to the Utah Jazz in exchange for all-star Deron Williams, it is easy to tell how much he has grown in that span. Here’s to another year of Derrick Favors dominating the paint alongside Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. Go out there and prove the doubters wrong once again.
You don't really know what they wuld have looked like without him.
It’s possible that standing pat by re-upping Favors and Exum represents arrested development for Utah, keeping the Jazz locked into a two-big identity that almost definitionally renders them unable to compete with the likes of Golden State, Houston and any other elite-level competitor that can credibly go five-out for the bulk of the game. But last year’s Jazz managed a 52-win point differential with Gobert missing 26 games, Exum playing just 14, Crowder only joining at the trade deadline and Mitchell on only his first run through the league. styles make fights, and Utah’s an awful lot of fun to watch as one of the NBA’s premier southpaws; give this team a clean bill of health, and Quin Snyder a full training camp at the controls, and let’s see if we don’t have a monster on our hands. — DD
When the Utah Jazz signed Thabo Sefolosha to a two-year contract last summer, they knew they’d be adding a lengthy defensive presence on the wing. However, the 34-year-old didn’t just make an impact on the defensive end; he looked good in the Jazz’s offense as well.
Let's not forgot COTY platooning him. One of the most bizarre coaching moves ever!
With the Jazz bringing so many players back from last year’s team, the Jazz bench looks stronger than ever. Getting a healthy Sefolosha back is big, and seeing him paired with guys like Crowder, Dante Exum and Royce O’Neale will be exciting. Utah has got to have one of the best, deepest benches in the entire league.
We hear it every year and it's always far from that. Exum sucks! Rubio should be a bench player at best. Favors isn't a corner 3 threat and never will be. They need shooters no matter how deep you think they are
I'm guessing he could still be traded. The coach platooned him. Why is he on the team? They don't want shooters.
Stone was often out of position to box out or help on defense, leading to a lot of easy buckets underneath. The scoring was nice, but he’s still a one-dimensional player. He’ll be in the G League next season.
We'll see. He's only one year older than Bradley. Would be a good guy to have around
Utah will head into next season with a rotation of Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors, Udoh and Sefolosha, and that’s probably okay with them.
Why not get people to write these that have actually watched the Jazz play though?
They drafted Grayson Allen in the first round of this year’s draft, and he’ll help improve upon the 12th-place ranking Utah had in 3-point percentage. Allen showcased more than was initially advertised at Duke, but he’s just the tip of the iceberg.
He playing ahead of Rubio or the 33 million dollar man? Over Royce O'Neale? Got to be on the floor to help
The Jazz are obviously not the only team that has done this, but it’s a testament to this team’s ability to unearth talent.
Shows they are cheap more than anything
3. Naz Mitrou-Long is a legitimate NBA player
Maybe. Until he shows it against NBA players he's not though
Mitrou-Long spent most of last season playing for the Jazz’s G League affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars. He averaged 18.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. He also shot 37.7 percent from deep on 9.0 attempts a game — pretty solid all-around. It was more of the same in Summer League.
Solid G-league player doesn't make a legitimate NBA player. Big gap there. He was inconsistent
Thabo Sefolosha is coming off knee surgery. Gobert missed 26 games last season. Niang may only be 6’8″, but he has a chance to have a huge impact for the Jazz next season.
Has a chance but unlikely
Niang won’t wow you with anything he does. He can be classified as “a jack of all trades, master of none” type of player. That’s okay — Utah needs that.
Some beat writers think that Niang will come in and take the 15.3 minutes per game the recently departed Jonas Jerebko occupied. If so, look for Niang to make the most of them.
How many minutes did he get after Jae arrived? Niang won't be playing unless there are injuries. Not sure he plays enough D for Snyder to put him on the floor
1. This team goes beyond basketball
Too bad basketball is what they are paid to do. Would love one day to see a roster built to win
Matt Velazquez: I hear there are multiple teams interested in Christian Wood & a deal may not be far off. However, Milwaukee is not one of those teams. Will be interesting to see who signs him/what he gets. Note: Since they’re over the cap, Bucks can only offer minimum deal or portion of MLE. – via Twitter Matt_Velazquez
I'm sure the Jazz aren't interested but he was very impressive when I saw him last year. Probably the best player I saw in the G-league by far
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent forward Nemanja Bjelica — who had agreed to a one-year deal with the 76ers — informed the team on Monday that he will stay in Europe this season, league sources tell ESPN. He never signed his contract with Philadelphia. – via Twitter wojespn
Adrian Wojnarowski: To be clearer: Bjelica informed the Sixers of his decision this morning. – via Twitter wojespn
Keith Pompey: Nemanja Bjelica wants to remain in Europe with his family. – via Twitter PompeyOnSixers