"Alec really carried us in the second half," said forward Richard Jefferson, who scored 10 points of his own. "We’ve talked as a group, with coaches and without the coaches, that there’s no one person on our team that’s going to carry us. It’s going to have to be a group effort. So I think every night you’re going to see a different guy step up."
Burks should be one of the guys they look to. Did it tonight without anything from outside.
Jazz forward Richard Jefferson, who scored 10 points in the loss, said the quarter’s final minutes showed the difference between a veteran squad and an inexperienced team still learning how to play together.
"That’s what veteran teams do," he said. "They’re fighting for those last three minutes of the quarter. You can make a heck of run in the last three minutes. The game kind of slows down. Then it’s a matter of clock management, and who makes the least amour of mistakes and who makes the most plays in those situations. You can either kill a team’s run or you can give them momentum."
This was expected certainly. On the road there probably won't be many close ones except against the other teams tanking like Phoenix in the next one. Crush Horny's Gortat-less losers.
Center Enes Kanter had a double-double, with 15 points and 10 boards on the night.
Only reason I can think of him not playing more is because he just came back from rehab before camp started.
Jefferson, meanwhile, said he's been impressed by the demeanor of the team's young leaders.
"There is no exuberance. That is not the word I would [use to] describe Gordon, or Derrick or Enes," the 12-year veteran said. "They're very mild-mannered guys. They're very competitive. They're very aggressive. But they're not these kids bouncing off the walls. They're a different breed of guys. They're approaching this in a very professional manner, which is refreshing. They're approaching this like this is where they expected to be."
That comes from playing behind vets the past 2 and 3 years. That's why you don't just throw young guys into the fray. It's important to have vets around competing with them.
Coach Ty Corbin showed maturity by calling timeouts at key moments during the game and trusting the players who were hot both offensively and defensively. Corbin still doesn’t know who his finishers are and what role each player should have during the final stretch of games. He did, however, demonstrate instinctive coaching strategy by trusting Burks and Harris to lead the Jazz team into the final minutes.
I only saw a bit of the end of the 2nd quarter but it looks like Kanter, Jefferson and Burks should have played more.
Given all of this, there's plenty of reasons the Jazz should try to trade for Fredette. However, obtaining Fredette isn't a slam dunk by any means. He has his liabilities as well.
The biggest one being his defensive skills, or more accurately the lack thereof.
While Fredette has improved somewhat since joining the NBA, he isn't the best defender. You can't expect him to go toe-to-toe with great guards and hold his own. This is something that the Jazz can't simply look past as opposing offenses will attack Fredette the same way that they target him now at Sacramento.
The other big question is how much it would it cost to bring Fredette to Salt Lake City.
It doesn't seem like the Kings plan on using Fredette extensively this season as they have an overabundance of guards on their team, including Ben McLemore, Greivis Vasquez and Marcus Thornton.
That said, Sacramento isn't desperately trying to get rid of him either. The Jazz won't want to give up a first-round draft pick for Fredette as they seem to be focusing on picking up high-level young talent to rebuild their team. Would a second-round pick be enough to entice Sacramento to make a deal?
Maybe, but maybe not.
Sacramento still has until the rapidly approaching Oct. 31 deadline to decide whether to extend Fredette's contract under his year-four option valued at $3.3 million, according to the Sacramento Bee. That doesn't mean that the Kings can't still move Fredette after that, but it costs a team like Utah more to pick up Fredette than it would if he became an unrestricted free agent. Sacramento may extend Fredette's contract in hopes that he'll bring a more valuable player or draft pick in return.
So, the Jazz will be more likely to make a deal for Fredette if the Kings don't extend his contract.
All things considered, the Jazz should take a serious look at trading for Fredette. Despite his flaws, he will be an asset from the bench as well as a good economic investment for Utah if the price is right.
Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams piled up 22 points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds as Philadelphia raced to a 22-point lead against the two-time defending champions in a stunning 114-110 victory in their season opener at the Wells Fargo Center. It was the most steals by any player in a career debut in NBA history. Carter-Williams also committed just one turnover. "Are you kidding me? … What do you say?" Brown said. "You look at the win and you look at the stat line. He was very, very good."
According to a second person with knowledge of the situation, the Kings have received trade interest from about six teams about Fredette and, surprisingly, the Utah Jazz are not known to be among that group. The Jazz could use another perimeter scorer, and Fredette's popularity in that region would come as an added bonus at a time when they're rebuilding around young talents Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors. USA Today Sports
Marc J. Spears: "This is a business decision for the King and they are doing what they believe is best for the organization," Jimmer Fredette said. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo
Marc J. Spears: Jimmer Fredette continued: "I will continue to work hard and be the best I can be moving forward in my career." Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo
Not surprising if you've been paying attention. They wouldn't have signed Tinsley if they were going to go after Jimmer. I think he makes a lot of sesne but maybe the Jazz don't like the price that the Kings want in exchange?