Jody Genessy: In English, Mehmet Okur will act as a consultant for the Utah Jazz, president Randy Rigby announced on the team's radio station today. Twitter @DJJazzyJody
Mehmet Okur was among the blasts from the Jazz past who returned to Utah to honor Jerry Sloan last week. The retired center hopes to focus on someone else in his next trip to his old NBA stomping grounds. Enes Kanter, have some free time? “I’d like to take him out and talk to him a little bit, see what happens, try to help him a little bit more,” Okur said. “That’s what I’m going to do the next time I come to town.” Deseret News
Memo sent Kanter a text, telling him he wants to grab a bite to eat the next time he comes to Salt Lake. Kanter said he'd be more than willing to absorb more from Okur, a learning experience that could be similar to his visit to Louisiana to train with Karl Malone last summer. “Learning from a guy like (Okur), it would be really good,” Kanter said. “We both play similar positions, shoot, and I think it would be really good.” Deseret News
Murry is a 6’5″ point guard who played his collegiate career at Wichita State. He was a four-year starter who was consistent through his time there, averaging between 9.4 and 12.1 PPG. While he showed improvement, Murry was a below average shooter, never hitting beyond 42.4 percent of his shots. Moreover, his 3-point shooting regressed. Defense was one of his calling cards, as he was a two-time All-Missouri Valley Defensive Team honoree. Murry helped propel his team towards some postseason success, helping the Shockers win the NIT championship in 2011 and then pushing Wichita State to the second round in the 2012 NCAA tourney.
Despite his solid career, Murry went undrafted. After playing for the Los Angeles Lakers’ summer league team, he opted for the D-League route, playing the 2012-2013 campaign with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers1. He posted modest numbers: 9.0 PPG, 3.0 APG, 1.8 SPG.
The next summer saw him toiling for both the Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks in the summer league. He did enough with the latter to earn an NBA contract. Thanks to New York’s rocky season, complete with an assortment of injuries, Murry spent most of the season with the Knicks, playing just one D-League game last year. Murry was decent, averaging 2.7 PPG in 7.3 MPG during 51 games. 43.4 % shooting is not bad for a rookie guard earning sporadic minutes.
The Jazz have had their eyes on him for while and likewise, he seems to have had eyes on them, as well. He had a pre-draft workout in Salt Lake City in 20122. According to rep0rts, Murry had his fair share of suitors in the Los Angeles Lakers, the Miami Heat and the Knicks. New York wanted him back, as he fits the mold of guards that do well in the Triangle Offense. It sounds like he grew weary of waiting for them and chose Utah.
Utah signed Murry to a two-year, $2 million contract; like Brock Motum, Dee Bost, Jack Cooley and Kevin Murphy, his deal is partially guaranteed.
First I read that all of them are partial guarantees. I guess that is the new model with a DLeague franchise. Those guys fight for maybe one spot the rest go to the DLeague.
Unlike the other four, however, his guarantee is much higher: $250,000. That figure, along with the fact that the Jazz need a third point guard, makes Murry’s chances of making the roster pretty good.
For anyone that knows the Jazz it pretty much guarantees he's on the roster for the first couple months anyway.
What does he bring to the Jazz? His size naturally sticks out. Like Dante Exum, he brings length to the back court, especially if playing point guard. His ability to play multiple positions is probably enticing to Utah. He has solid court vision and is a willing passer (21.5 AST%, which would’ve been third on last year’s Jazz squad), with a penchant for alley oop dishes. With a 6’9″ wingspan, Murry has defensive potential. His 2.7 STL% is excellent–that would’ve paced Utah last year. Given head coach Quin’s Snyder’s emphasis on passing and defense, this bodes well for Murry. At 24, he is young, has upside and can grow with the young core.
He certainly has weaknesses. Murry has been a below average 3-point shooter at every level. He only attempted 12 treys in 373 minutes for the Knicks. Snyder and the coaching staff will undoubtedly work with him, as the desire to play with more pace will give Utah guards a lot of opportunities from the perimeter (and the corner three will undoubtedly be more of a weapon than in the past).
Murry will certainly be someone to watch in training camp and preseason. He seems to be a hungry player; a low-risk, potentially solid-reward pick-up by Utah.
The San Antonio Spurs are taking a more active involvement in the development of unsigned players whom they own the draft rights for in the NBA.
The Spurs have sent an assistant to work with Livio Jean-Charles.
"David was sent by the Spurs, and he will be present throughout the year," said Jean-Charles in an interview with BeBasket. "He is here to witness but also be involved with my season here. But I want to be clear, Peter Vincent is in charge of my evolution at ASVEL."
Tony Parker partially owns ASVEL.
The Spurs also played a role in setting a timetable for Davis Betrans' return from injury. Betrans was a 2011 draft pick of the Spurs, but he has no contractual obligations to the team.
Spurs continuing to lead the way. I guess the fact that Parker is the owner allows them to do that though.
The Utah Jazz today announced that Andrae Patterson and Travis Walton have been named assistant coaches on Idaho Stampede Head Coach Dean Cooper’s staff. In addition, the Jazz announced that Brady Howe will serve as the head athletic trainer and strength-and-conditioning coach and Hans Steinbrenner as the director of basketball operations for the Stampede, the team’s NBA Development League affiliate. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not announced. NBA.com
For the new Quin Snyder offense to work for the Utah Jazz, the Jazz need Kanter to develop his jumpshot, and more importantly to develop the range on that jumpshot. The Jazz need floor spacing to open driving lanes to the basket and to allow Derrick Favors room to maneuver in the paint. A power forward that can shoot is essential to this operation.
Same as last year really. Be even better if other bigs could develop their perimeter or inside game so Enes isn't forced out on the perimeter all the time and sacrificing the best part of his offensive game in the post.
That’s where Mehmet Okur comes in.
What better way to help Kanter with this task than bringing in one of the best shooting big men in Utah history?
Probably nice for Enes to have his old mentor back but I'm not sure he teach him that much. Okur stood at the line. How tough is that?
Okur doesn’t yet have an official capacity — and it’s not known whether a title will be coming. But similar to Karl Malone working with Favors last season, Okur will hang around during training camp and the start of the season, offering shooting tips to a young team.
I thought Karl was officially working with all the bigs? Where's he?
Kanter will be a focal point. He’s already proven to be proficient in the low post. And heading into his fourth season, he’s brought out a nice 15- to 18-footer with some consistency. If he can, say, knock down a corner 3-pointer at a 35 percent clip, he could make the offense that much more effective.
They've already said he can hit the corner 3 and will be shooting it. Could be elsewhere if he shows he can shoot it.
Doing so will also make Kanter and Favors more palatable together as a pair. A common criticism last season is that the two are redundant, that they are too similar in style, and that playing together in the long term probably can’t happen.
Funny how it's all on the guy who already has the better offensive game not the guy who has improved little. Don't see them being that similar. Favors can run the pick and roll and Enes can play down low and on the perimeter. Developing a pick and pop with Enes would be big instead of sticking him in the corner.
azz general manager Dennis Lindsey strongly rebuked that thought in his exit interview back in April, and he’s held true to that train of thought during the summer. The Jazz have a stretch power forward specialist in Steve Novak — who will immediately be the best shooter on the team — but he is just that, a specialist.
Yep. No way he should be in the rotation. A guy you can call on when you need to open things up though.
Kanter is the most offensively gifted big man Utah has, and he’s the one with the most outside/inside potential. If he can come close to giving what Okur did in his prime from the perimeter, it will help immensely. Kanter is already more gifted than Okur ever was in the paint.
— Tony Jones
He's better at Okur at everything except the 3 and FT shooting and maybe d. Okur could put a body on someone. Enes should be able to do that at least.
Coach Cooper said that the plan is to fundamentally play how Coach Snyder wants to play. The goal is to make it easy on the players. Whether the players are with the Jazz or with the Stampede the system will be the same. Of course, they will consider talent level and skill set so, inevitably, some adjustments will be made. But, overall, the basic system on both ends of the court will be the same.
Utah Jazz and the D-League:
The Utah Jazz and the Idaho Stampede have not decided which players to send to Idaho for the season. Dean Cooper said that unless a team is extremely veteran there usually isn't anything predetermined. Many of the decisions made about how the Jazz will use the Stampede will depend on how the Jazz are performing this season. As a young team the Jazz will use the D-League differently than how maybe a veteran team would use it.
Good to hear!
In the last 3 weeks, Dean Cooper has worked with Coach Snyder and Utah's coaching staff throughout the open gym sessions in Salt Lake. Coach Cooper shared that both the Stampede and the Jazz will be playing with pace but taking the right shots. When I asked Coach Cooper what is the right shot, he laughed and said, "I'm not going to divulge that information." One can assume that the Jazz and Stampede will be playing a different style of play than the Jazz have in the past.
Not sure offensively it's a whole lot different. They'll be running more and taking more 3's and less mid range but in the half court they'll still be playing pick and roll and passing the ball and looking to take good shots.
When Coach Cooper worked with the Houston Rockets, he was known as a defensive specialist. I asked him how his defensive knowledge could help the Jazz and the Stampede.
Coach Cooper on his role with the Jazz coaching staff:
"Coach Snyder has been great at making me part of his staff, which is why I have spent so much time in Salt Lake prior to to coming here. We share ideas in that. We have a really exhaustive collaborative effort from the coaching staff in its entirety. I think our discussions are healthy. I think we come to a decision and, once a decision is made, we just, boom. This is how its going to be. I think, hopefully, I have been able to contribute some things that I've learned along the way. Obviously, that's going to transfer here because we are going to play the same way. It's been collaborative."
Coach Cooper on Coach Jones and Coach Jensen:
Coach Jones and Coach Jensen have been a great resource to Cooper since they both have spent time as head coaches in the D-League. The D-League and the NBA are very different. Cooper knows that he is able to call up Jones and Jensen throughout the season to get their opinions and advice. They will provide a lifeline and clarity so that the Utah Jazz's system and vision is conveyed from top to bottom.
Snyder coached in the DLeague to.
On what Coach Cooper can bring to the Stampede with his 15 years of NBA experience:
What I can bring to the players outside x and os ... I have been very fortunate to coach with some very successful coaches in my career, I mean, very, very lucky. Everybody's dream is to play in the NBA. I've spent 15 years there. I know what it takes to play in that league, to have a chance to play in that league, and what can help you stay in that league. Besides just the x's and o's and how we're going to play and all that, I think I feel I can help them understand. I truly know what its like. So it's gotta be a partnership. You have to trust me when I'm trying to help you get there. I hope that half my team that I start the year with we only have half of that team when we're in the playoffs because they have been called up. That's my goal. If that happens, I think we've accomplished my mission.
Coach Cooper is said to be a great teacher and developer. I asked Coach Cooper if he will have to teach more in the D-League than he did in the NBA. Coach Cooper talked about refinement. He believes it is not really about teaching players new skills, rather it is about refining their game.
Don't know if you have to teach them more. You have to refine them more. Usually what it is its the refinement of their game which allows them to play at the next level. You're refining their game up there too but a lot of times its there's areas of opportunities, the things they need to work out. Instead of being a six inch hole its a nine inch hole, now you just got to shrink it. You have to refine it.
Guys up here a lot of D-League players. The guys up here, they may have a more complete game than an NBA player but a lot of the NBA is being special at something. You have to find something. These guys they're more utility guys but you try to find that one thing that you can that they can become elite at and boom and now they're in the NBA.
Coach Cooper is a perfect fit for the Idaho Stampede and the Utah Jazz. Within the first two minutes of talking with Coach Cooper one can see how much he loves the game, that love shines through effectively to his players. After the practice players were going up to Cooper to thank him for the opportunity and asking to take pictures with him.
The Stampede and the Jazz will both benefit from Coach Cooper's depth of knowledge about the game. Cooper is a good teacher, yet he is demanding. His coaching style will help the Utah Jazz develop their young prospects when they are on assignment in the D-League. Cooper's style allows players to gain experience, learn the system, and to be disciplined. Players will leave his tutelage knowing how to play the "right way".
Exactly why Exum, Gobert etc. would be better off in the DLeague if they aren't ready to play every night in the NBA and even if they are might be better off playing big minutes in Idaho than bench minutes in Utah.
David Stockton worked out with the Thunder last week and will work out with the Jazz this week, according to sources. Stockton is a point guard out of Gonzaga where he averaged 7.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists as senior. Sportando
love to see him in camp. His brother sure looked good in summer league the first year.