Better, for the AIS coaches, meant three early targets of focus for Ingles: individual defensive footwork, shooting and physical development.
2 of 3 isn't bad!
Dellavedova’s Milwaukee Bucks teammate Thon Maker, who will make his Australian debut this summer, went to dinner with Ingles when the team were in Utah last season, and the three will often grab food at Dellavedova’s house when the Jazz come through Wisconsin.
Once Ingles had proven he could stay on the floor defensively, he had to make sure he was nailing the thing he knew best on the other end: shooting. Perfecting that would be a challenge. Goriss and Clarke noticed that Ingles dipped the ball down after he caught it - something he still has today in Utah, but less obviously - and a low shot release.
Shooting was Joe's problem not D like when he first came to the Jazz!
Yes, the Jazz added Grayson Allen to the roster, but using the drafting of Allen as the only barometer of how well the Jazz will do next year ignores the hurdles the Jazz overcame last season that they won’t have to this year.
Favors, Rubio and Exum are still on the team. Same hurdles as far as I can see
The Jazz will have the opportunity to play with a healthy Rudy Gobert, something they didn’t have for almost half of last season.
And if he's not? They've yet to show they can even be mediocre without him
Ricky Rubio will start the season familiar, and comfortable, within the offense.
Until his mental issues hit again
They’ll have an improved bench with Royce O’neale and Dante Exum getting significant minutes against 2nd units.
The bench isn't better with Exum until he actually proves it. The Jazz paying him doesn't prove it
They’ll also have returning veterans in Thabo Sefolosha and Jae Crowder with more time in the offense .
More time than Snyder's brilliant platoon of a year ago?
When the Jazz traded for Ricky Rubio on July 1 last season, nobody really knew what to expect. It was a move made to replace an outgoing George Hill, who had played the point guard position for the Jazz the prior season and was an excellent fit when healthy. It was a move intended to help convince Gordon Hayward to stay in Utah. Obviously, it didn’t fulfill that mission. Once Hill and Hayward signed with their respective teams elsewhere, the Jazz were left with Rubio as their starting point guard, and nobody really knew how the fit was going to be.
Who could have imagined Ricky spotting up in the corner or behind his man on D or throwing beautiful passes to the other team and crowd. Makes even less sense now than it did
It is a fairly safe to assume that this season is the most important basketball year of Ricky Rubio’s life. Rubio is entering the final year in his four-year, $55 Million contract. He is set to make just under $15 Million this season, which is the third-highest salary the Jazz will carry. Rubio will turn 28 years old this October, entering his 8th NBA season. Rubio had the best season of his career last year, capping it off with an incredible end to the regular season and high performance in the playoffs before getting injured. Rubio showed that he can be a integral piece of a winning basketball team, but what is his true value? Is he worth throwing $17-20 Million a year at? Rubio will have an entire season to prove to Dennis Lindsey and the rest of the Jazz front office that he is.
Hopefully they'll move on with Mitchel, Exum, O'Neale and Allen and this painful chapter will be over and I'll just have Exum to cry about.
Ricky Rubio deserves to play on a winning basketball team. He deserves this Jazz fanbase. He deserves to play alongside guys like Rudy Gobert, Joe Ingles, and Donovan Mitchell. He deserves the Utah Jazz. But his future in Utah will ultimately be decided by his play this upcoming season, and how much Dennis Lindsey truly believe he ‘deserves’.
Is he ready to come off the bench? No team is winning big with Ricky starting for them! The guy is a joke.