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Old 03-22-2014, 10:10 AM   #631
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the Utah Jazz will participate in the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League this July.

The Jazz had been going to the Orlando Pro Summer League since the Rocky Mountain Revue stopped functioning in 2008, in large part because of how the Vegas event led to the demise of Utah’s annual hoops showcase.

“Having our training camp in Orlando was difficult for us and we felt it was time to move forward,” Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which first reported the switch. “We feel there’s a natural tie-in with Las Vegas and it’ll be great for our fans to follow us (and) be able to see our young players. We’re very excited about the move.”

Lindsey told the Deseret News several factors played into the organization’s decision to join a total of 24 teams in the 11-day Las Vegas tournament.

Logistics are the leading reason.

“It's a lot easier to get to Vegas than it is the East Coast,” Lindsey said.

That goes for the Jazz and for their fans. Only team personnel, NBA officials and media were allowed to attend summer league games in Orlando, but the Las Vegas action is open to the public.

And the Jazz and the Las Vegas organizers are hoping for a good showing by Utah faithful when doors open on July 11.

“We have fans in Vegas,” Lindsey said. “Hopefully, we’ll get some fans coming down from Salt Lake and St. George and everywhere in between that will be able to see our guys play.”

Not only is it costly to send a large summer league team and team personnel to central Florida for more than a week, but it also limited what the Jazz could do leading up to the games.

The Jazz are planning on holding a training camp at their practice facility for four or five days before heading down to Sin City.

“I think we can have a better camp,” Lindsey said. “I think it’s safer for our players doing it in our practice facility.”

Lindsey also mentioned an open practice and an autograph session being possibilities.

“We want to engage the fans in some type of summer activity,” the Jazz GM said.

With Vegas’ proximity, there could also be tie-ins with corporate sponsors and season ticket holders.

Warren LeGarie, the Vegas league founder, said his staff believed “Utah needed to be included” in its NBA-backed extravaganza.

“Las Vegas has always supported the Jazz. … I think it was just a matter of being persistent and persistency won out,” LeGarie told the Review-Journal. “It’s going to be great for the fans in Utah to make the drive over to Vegas and watch the new players they bring in and the young players they already have. We expect it’s going to boost attendance a lot.”

As for the Rocky Mountain Revue, which ran from 1984 through 2008 at sites such as Westminster College, East High School, the Delta Center and SLCC, the Jazz have broached the NBA about several proposals to recreate the summer league in some form in the future.

“We haven’t given up that hope,” Lindsey said. “There’s a ways away from us reaching any of that.”

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They should play in both leagues. Neto and Burke going head to head in summer camp is the question?
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Old 03-22-2014, 10:26 AM   #632
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The Utah Jazz will have two first-round picks, one that will probably land in the top 10.

Almost a certainty now. Will they finally get their next franchise player is the question?

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In July, Jazz fans will be able to watch them in person.

Instead of traveling to Orlando, Utah will now play its summer-league games in Las Vegas, General Manager Dennis Lindsey told The Tribune. This represents a significant change in thinking. When the Rocky Mountain Revue folded in 2008, Jazz brass vowed not to play in Vegas, blaming its emergence for the RMR’s dissipation.

Now, the Jazz will be one of 24 teams participating in the Vegas summer league.

"It’s a multifaceted decision," Lindsey said. "We have good fans and we have many fans in Vegas. They will have a short flight, or they can drive down. I’m looking forward to having the fans see some of the young players we have."

The Vegas league starts July 11 and runs for almost two weeks at the Thomas and Mack Center, UNLV’s arena. The Jazz had been competing in Orlando since 2008, a summer league that could only be seen on NBATV.
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His jump shot helped make him a high school star here. It helped land him the scholarship and, eventually, a spot on an NBA roster.

But as Ian Clark returned to his hometown this week, searching for minutes with the Utah Jazz, the rookie guard knows he needs to improve on the part of his game that’s always been there for him.

"It’s something I’ve tried to work on this season," he said. "It’s been kind of tough because you always want to go back to old habits, where you’re comfortable."

Watch Clark fire up a shot and you’ll notice it right away. It’s not the textbook form of a Ray Allen or Kyle Korver, a high release with a follow through that leaves the elbow well above the eye. Instead, Clark’s shot seems to start below his waist, and ends with a low release that extends out at eye level.

But while it’s unconventional, Clark’s stroke may not be fatal to his NBA aspirations.

"You look at a guy like Kevin Martin, who’s had a career with a low-release shot, and he’s a great scorer," Jazz coach Ty Corbin said. "They find ways to get it off. The main thing is to get the ball in the hole."

Martin is 6-7" though. Why not send him to the DLeague to work on it?

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His senior season at Belmont, Clark shot better than 54 percent, hitting on nearly 46 percent of his 3-point attempts. The long ball got him noticed in summer league, where he earned MVP honors in Las Vegas with the Golden State Warriors’ squad.

Still, Corbin would like to see his rookie make an adjustment at some point.

"It’s tough during the season," Corbin said. "… At some point you see if he can change it, get it up."

Coaches have tried to change his shot before. But Clark believes the trick will be getting shots off quicker.

The key: "Getting your feet set quicker and just being down and ready to shoot earlier instead of standing straight up," Clark said. "I have a problem with that sometimes. When the ball is swung to me, I’m dipping down instead of already being down when it hits my hands and being able to go straight up with it. … With my height, guys are going to try to run me off the 3-point line, so being able to get it off quickly is huge."

Clark has seen action in 14 games with the Jazz this season, averaging 2.4 points in just under eight minutes an appearance. He’s hit on 17 of his 44 attempts, including 7 of 20 from 3-point range.

After being inactive for the Jazz’s first trip to Memphis, Clark was in uniform Thursday night before a hometown crowd. But with the Jazz making a comeback from 18 points down to tie the game late, the guard never saw the court.

Still, Corbin said he’s seen progress in the young shooter, who is working on his ball handling and trying to bulk up to better handle NBA defenders.

"He’s working and [learning] how to execute on the offensive end, coming off the down screen and getting to spots quickly," Corbin said. "He’s a really good team guy. He’s in position for the most part.

I doubt he'll be around next year.
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4. Utah Jazz

Record: 22-47

Last 10: 1-9

Chance of landing a top-three pick: 37.8%

Chance of landing the No. 1 pick: 11.9%

Need to know: The Jazz have five games remaining against bottom 10 teams this year. The Pistons also have five such games on their schedule. No other bottom 10 team has more than four.
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Marvin Williams was hurt and Enes Kanter started last Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers. Although the team wasn’t successful, Kanter was. He earned another start Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs, even with a healthy Williams. The team lost again, but Kanter's playing relationship with Derrick Favors started showing. Favors scored 28 and both players grabbed double-digit rebounds and fought the Spurs.

The key to that all was that Kanter earned his way into a start.

Against Houston Monday night Williams started again against the smaller Rockets, but that shouldn’t diminish how far Kanter has come this season. He had a lot of hype coming into the season and started flat, but tough coaching, a lot of yelling, patience and a ton of work from Kanter had him playing early and often for the Jazz. After the season was bleak early, he now has earned a start and has fought to get better.

His struggles and work will pay off in the long run. It wasn’t something given to him. Nothing has been given to him. Corbin has been very tough on the young guys. Some think too tough in comparison to the veterans. However, Kanter should benefit for this in the long term. He knows he has to work to get time and he has done it.

This is the same idea that the Jazz are building on — you are owed nothing, because you have proven nothing.

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There have been times this year when Kanter looked unstoppable. Last year Al Jefferson said the sky was the limit for Kanter. He has proven it true at times. He also showed that he is still in his third year, coming off an injury and still very young in basketball experience.

Corbin didn’t dismiss him to the doghouse and hope he would come out of it. Corbin let him play through, maybe out of necessity, and Kanter started showing his worth and promise.

This is how the Jazz are building now.

Yes, the veterans are playing more and they aren't as talented as the young core is, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t better right now.

The best player plays. This season Alec Burks and Kanter played very sparingly while struggling through the early parts of the season. They were shouldering a load that might not have been fair. They weren’t ready for it. Both had times where they looked awful. Now they are making plays and it can be argued that they are the best players on this team.

This team is building for the future, not looking toward the future.

Corbin could have easily let players rot on the bench, but he didn’t. He knew he needed them this year, and by chance he comes back next year and the years beyond.

He couldn't just let them rot. The front office wouldn't have let him.

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The front office didn’t just randomly sign players. Yes, it could have had more talent and spent its money better, but that wasn’t the point. Having young players build from the ground up, as painful as it has been this season, has been the idea.

The most important part of any building is the foundation. Without that foundation it is just a matter of time before the house on the sand washes away.

Check and recheck the foundation.

If people suspect there is a problem with the cornerstone they test it. If it won’t work out, replace it. They don’t just go in eyes closed and hope it works. Those teams are the Sacramento Kings and Oakland Raiders. Sure, the rosters could look good, but that doesn’t mean they tested well or the answer to a successful building.

Is Gordon Hayward the cornerstone for the Jazz? It doesn’t seem like it, but can he be a piece of the foundation? Sure. Same with Favors, Burks, Kanter and Trey Burke. They have been tested, and while they aren’t producing the prettiest results, they are showing they can handle some pressure, just not all of it.

The Jazz will get a good-to-great draft pick that could become the cornerstone and then the foundation is there for a great house to be built.

Replacing the foundation on anything is painful.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints laid the foundation for its symbolistic Salt Lake Temple, realized the sandstone base wouldn't work and had to replace it all. The building ended up taking 40 years. Now it is solid. It could have crumbled years ago.

It has been an awful year for the Jazz. It could be the worst year for the Jazz ever. However, this year is all about checking the foundation and building upward.

The Jazz have dug themselves a pretty big hole, but now they can build up and make the best future they can. They can build something built on players earning time, fighting, scrapping, working their way up and proving they are a practical piece of the puzzle.

The first building for the Jazz with Jerry Sloan, Karl Malone and John Stockton took years to construct. Stockton and Malone didn’t start right away, but the building stood for more than a decade.

Karl started right away and John should have. They blew that one!

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This isn’t about a quick fix. Change is painful. Of course it is, there might be other ways to do it, but there is no better way than to check the foundation.

Now the next step is to see whether the foundation passes inspection so the real construction can begin. If it passes, then this Jazz building could be around for a long time. If so, this painful season will be worth it, every excruciating moment.
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Trey was 2 for 12 going into the final 5 minutes of the game and he went 3 for 3 in the final 5 minutes of the game. The kid is crazy clutch. In the final 5 minutes of games this season he has been unreal. He has hit 30 of 57 from the field and 15 of 26 from 3 plus 100% from the free throw line. The most amazing part of this to me is he does this off games where he is not playing well and making the shots.

Tryone Corbin managed the final portion of the game perfectly. Corbin and Hayward talked as Arron Afflalo was at the line and got what they wanted and then when they stopped the game for a moment Corbin brought the team together for a quick explanation of what they wanted and they got it done. Also the Jazz played for 2 when they should and lengthen the game eventually getting the missed free throw.

Richard Jefferson was awesome in the 1st quarter with 17 points. Must have been fun for him to go back in time.

Let’s pretend we never saw the rest of that game.

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But is the win a good thing?

For fans of a team that’s at the bottom of the Western Conference, this becomes the difficult question to answer. Let’s break down the pros and cons:

Pros:

The win probably keeps the team engaged for the remaining 12 games. We don’t know that the Jazz would have turned off had they gone on a losing slide at the end of the year, but it seems possible to likely that they would have. That’s 12 games of lost development.

Winning is more fun. This sounds like a small thing, but Hayward said that tonight’s game was fun! That’s a good thing from a player who has said that playing basketball has seemed “like a job” at times this year. This might mean more practice time, which means developing skills for the players.

It creates more camraderie within the team. Everyone was legitimately excited for Trey Burke’s three, bringing the team together on and off the court. For a team without a leading voice, the collective working together really could help later on (especially defensively).

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It’s now probably impossible for the Jazz to become the third-worst team in the league. Before the game, Orlando was only 3 games back of Utah. A Magic win would have brought the Magic to within 2 games, with the possibility of another win against the Lakers tomorrow. Now, with a 4 game deficit, the Magic position is probably safe. The 3rd worst team has a 46.9% chance at a top 3 pick, while the 4th worst team has a 37.8% chance.

The Lakers now have one fewer win than the Jazz, though are technically tied due to their one fewer loss. This win pushes the Jazz into a three-way tie for 4th, making it more likely the Jazz finish with the league’s 6th worst record, which only has a 21.5% chance at a top 3 pick.

It probably also makes it somewhat less likely that Jazz youngsters and friends Ian Clark and Rudy Gobert see minutes moving forward. Tonight, the Jazz used an 8 man rotation, completely eschewing Jeremy Evans, Clark, Gobert, Brandon Rush, and Malcolm Thomas in favor of Marvin Williams, Diante Garrett, and John Lucas III. A win probably makes it less likely that Corbin will turn to the young bench players for relief, instead seeking the “magic” of tonight’s win.

Evans deserves to lay. **** Marvin! Clark, Gobert and Thomas could be in the Dleague.

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So… was a win worth it? You decide.

3. The Jazz is a better team than the Magic are.

That sentence above uses each team’s preferred grammatical plurality. That is to say, the Jazz’s PR department says that the Jazz are correctly referred to as a singular entity, while the Magic believe themselves to be a plural collection of players2. There’s some evidence for both sides’ opinion (see this article, for example), but ultimately it seems as if most media entities have agreed to go with referring to the Jazz in the plural. This means some out-of-place looking statements from the official Jazz accounts when using the singular. That being said, the singular/plural debate is apparently one of intense debate inside Jazz offices.

Salt City Hoops has chosen to align with other media sources, referring to the Jazz in the plural. This is largely because it seems more natural to me, and I would be terrible at editing it in the opposite direction.
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Coach Ty Corbin said as much Saturday night. He doesn’t want to hear about guys making travel plans when the season is over. He doesn’t want to see guys loafing up and down the court. For Corbin — and the rest of the Jazz brass — they want the franchise to sprint to the finish line. Even if it’s a finish line to nowhere.

"The fans deserve to see our best effort," Corbin said. "I want us to play hard and do this thing the right way. We’ve got to play hard and play well and be professional."

The last few weeks could tell a lot about who will be invited back next season, or who will be sent packing. And even if there’s the conflicting temptation to accumulate as many ping pong balls for the upcoming draft lottery as possible, going into the postseason playing well is of paramount importance.

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it was that Rich Kelley, Thurl Bailey and Jerry Eaves joined Griffith, Eaton and coaches Frank Layden and Phil Johnson in Saturday’s observance, along with front-office figures including Dave Checketts. It was disappointing that other players couldn’t come, because Adrian Dantley, John Drew, Rickey Green, Jeff Wilkins, Bobby Hansen, J.J. Anderson and Tom Boswell were part of a team that captivated Utah.

Remember Boswell in name only. I was thinking Phil came when Jerry took over. Why didn't Phil take over for Frank? Former coach of the year. I'm guessing he gets a lot of credit for this team as Jerry would later because as Frank said himself they might have won 55 games with some coaching.

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The players who did return were greeted warmly during a brief, between-quarters introduction, besides signing autographs and appearing in video highlights.

The history lessons are meaningful. The ’83-84 Jazz won 45 games and beat Denver in the memorable "You Gotta Have Heart" playoff series, before Stockton and Malone arrived. And if you’re wondering how much the Jazz can improve next season, it’s instructive that with Dantley healthy (after missing 60 games the previous year) and Bailey drafted at No. 7, the Jazz made a 15-win jump. So anything in that range would be asking a lot in 2014-15.

But that’s getting ahead of the story. More than anything, the Jazz of 30 years ago made Utahns care about them. "This was groundbreaking; this was trailblazing, in a way," reflected Bailey, now a Jazz broadcaster.

This was a college basketball state, until the Jazz’s fifth season in town. Crowds filled the old Salt Palace, with barely 12,000 seats, only when the Celtics or Lakers came to town.

76ers was a big game and Chicago once MJ came to town as well.

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The Jazz moved 11 home games to Las Vegas that season, part of a desperate strategy to make the franchise viable in this market.

And then the team suddenly started winning. In his first three years, as the No. 2 overall draft pick from national champion Louisville, Griffith played for Jazz teams that won 28, 25 and 30 games. They jumped to 45 victories and a Midwest Division championship in that breakthrough season.

"To be able to turn a franchise around the way that we did … that was probably, from a Jazz standpoint, my most fulfilling year," said Griffith, whose No. 35 — like Eaton’s No. 53 — hangs in the ESA rafters. "You always want to get to a championship, but just to make that step up was awesome. … The fans started to believe in us. It was awesome to see how they cared."

The Jazz thrived with a low payroll to such an extent that Layden, also the team’s general manager, said the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Dodgers called for advice. "We were ahead of ‘Moneyball.’ We had to be," he said.

Just when you think you’ve heard every Layden story, he breaks out another one.

Personally, I resented the Jazz’s success in ‘84, because I covered the Triple-A Salt Lake Gulls. Having the local NBA team play until mid-May diminished my beat. Thirty years later, I’m more appreciative. Judging by Saturday’s response, a lot of folks feel the same way.

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Layden, who was also the general manager at the time, fondly recalled how things came together for that special season.

He had saved Green from Billings, Mont., and the CBA a couple of years before only to enjoy “The Fastest of Them All” becoming an All-Star point guard.

Wilkens was also signed at the same time out of the CBA. I'm sure it was just a matter of time for Rickey.

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He’d discovered the gritty Hansen while watching film of Joe Barry Carroll.

Hadn't heard that. Joe B was taken after Griffith(as well as McHale ) if I remember correctly.

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Eaton’s game blossomed quicker than anyone expected from the former mechanic.


Yeah he learned to hold his arms up in the air in front of the rim!

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Bailey had a strong rookie season after winning a national title at North Carolina State. Dantley’s unique offensive talents helped him transform into an All-Star and the NBA’s top scorer.

And the drug slinger put up a point a minute before being kicked out of the league.

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“It was just the perfect combination for us to win,” he said.

Despite going 30-52 the previous season and 107-221 in the first four years in Utah after relocating from the Bayou, the Jazz came into their own in that pivotal 1983-84 campaign.

“They matured,” Layden said. “We had the guy that led the league in steals (Green). We had the guy that led the league in blocks (Eaton). We had the guy that led the league in scoring (Dantley).

“With a little coaching, we probably would have won 55 games.”

That kind of humor, Bailey and Griffith said, helped the Jazz survive and thrive under his leadership. To that point, Bailey smiled while referring to how Layden used to respond to fans who’d ask what time the Jazz game started by saying, “What time can you be there?”

Griffith said Layden tried to make Jazz players have fun and feel comfortable, even allowing them to wear casual clothes on flights instead of suits like other teams sported. He believes that translated into better team chemistry.

The Jazz started this? I'm guessing Sloan ended it!

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“We were a team that was tired of losing. Frank put together the right formula and it just clicked for us that year,” Griffith said. “We went from the bottom to winning the Midwest Division. It originated with Frank. Frank gave us this attitude of, ‘Have fun, relax, don’t take the game too serious even though it is serious.'”

Layden loved his coaching staff, which included his son, Scott Layden, and Johnson, and tried to keep things simple for his players.

“We had three rules: be on time, play hard and play smart,” Layden said. “That’s almost like you tell your kids. If they do those things then you’re going to be successful.”

There goals had been to win 1 of 3 on the road and 2 of 3 at home to be a .500 team which they were by 4 games.

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Although it wasn’t as exciting as that spring evening in 1984, this fun night in 2014 served as a multifaceted reminder of that critical period in franchise history.

For one thing, that team offers a glimmer of hope after bad seasons, which could provide some comfort in this season, considering the Jazz picked up just their 23rd win over lottery-bound Orlando.

On top of that, if not for the success of the 1984 team, the Jazz might not have been around in Utah to challenge the Lakers in that epic seven-game playoff series in 1988 … or for the unforgettable Stockton-to-Malone NBA Finals trips … or for the sweet-but-short-lived Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer era … or for a game this season when fans could celebrate the impressive past while watching the intriguing future play on the court.

How important was the success of that Jazz team?

“It saved the franchise,” Layden said. “Without a doubt.”

At that time, after all, the Jazz weren’t just lacking winning seasons. They were lacking steady ownership, a long-term building and a sense of security in the community.

“This was groundbreaking. This was trailblazing in a way,” Bailey said, echoing his old coach. “Maybe if not for that particular year, the importance of that year, who knows how long it would have (kept) going.”

That season’s success lit the spark for a historic run of success for the organization, which had a flurry of fortunate events happen from 1984-86. In the summer of ’84, John Stockton was drafted. The following June, Karl Malone was picked up in the draft. Adding even more stability, Larry H. Miller became the outright owner in 1986.

The Jazz went from being an instable organization that played 11 home games in Las Vegas during the 1983-84 season as it searched for stability to one that, Layden said, was being approached about its secrets to success from other pro sports teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Dodgers.

“In the next five years (after 1984), we won more games per dollar spent than any team in any professional sports,” Layden claimed. “We were ahead of Moneyball.”

The icing on the cake was how the Jazz outlasted the Nuggets in that playoff series, taking on the nickname of “The Team with Heart” after an inflammatory column from a Denver writer suggested otherwise.

“We all came together then. We believed in each other. The community was just starting to rally, too,” Bailey said, adding how much he appreciated billboard signs that popped up on the freeway. “That was kind of the beginning of the Jazz fans. … I think it really solidified that this organization was on its way.”

Thirty years later, that organization officially offered its thanks.

1983-84 Utah Jazz

J.J. Anderson SF 6-8 195 Bradley

Thurl Bailey PF 6-11 215 N.C. State

Tom Boswell PF 6-9 220 South Carolina

Adrian Dantley SF 6-5 208 Notre Dame

John Drew SF 6-6 205 Gardner-Webb

Mark Eaton C 7-4 275 UCLA

Rickey Green PG 6-0 170 Michigan

Darrell Griffith SG 6-4 190 Louisville

Bobby Hansen SG 6-6 190 Iowa

Rich Kelley C 7-0 235 Stanford

Jeff Wilkins C 6-11 230 Illinois State

Record: 47-35 (first winning record)

Season: Midwest Division champions (first division title)

Playoffs: Beat Denver first round; Lost to Phoenix in Western Conference semifinals (first playoffs)

Awards: Adrian Dantley: All-Star and Most Improved Player; Rickey Green: All-Star; Coach/GM Frank Layden: NBA coach and executive of the year

League leaders: Dantley, scoring (30.6 ppg); Eaton, blocks (4.3 bog); Green, steals (2.7 spg); Griffith, 3-point percentage (.361)

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Player development coaches Alex Jensen and Johnnie Bryant work with players every day before practice, and Sunday was no different.

Well, except the part where Jensen left the court with a bloodied nose.

While working with the big men, Jensen got popped in the nose on accident by Kanter. The coach left momentarily, got the bleeding to stop by stuffing tissue in his nose, and returned after joking about getting revenge.

A smiling Kanter met the returning Jensen at half court and embraced him with a friendly hug before they got back to work. Told about it, Corbin joked that physical play is what he likes to see from his big men.

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Even though 12 games remain in his rookie campaign, Burke has already begun to map out a plan for his summer work.

“My development has come a long way since the summer, on and off the court,” he said. “Now a new summer is about to come. I look forward to going into this summer and working on a lot of things.”

Burke said he’ll bounce around between working out with the personal trainer in Columbus, Ohio, who’s helped him since high school. He also plans on training with the pros at the P3 performance lab in Santa Barbara, Calif., where the Jazz send their players each offseason. He’ll likely drop back in Utah for some work, too.

Burke’s offseason goal is simple: “Just get more explosive, get stronger, lower body specifically.”

Burke has been working with player development coach Johnnie Bryant on attacking in the paint and finishing at the rim. On Sunday before practice, the pair worked on a move that had Burke burst to the paint then spin around a defender to create an open layup.

This summer, Burke also plans on trying to maintain his upper-body strength and “staying consistent with my shot, getting a lot of reps up.”

Another visit to Stockton? Not ure he was paying attention last time. Deron went at least two summers.

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Corbin said Burke will have a better idea of what he has to do to be NBA-ready next fall now that he’s gone through the bulk of a season. That can be an eye-opening experience because players think they’re in shape — and they are for a college season — but they don’t realize how demanding an 82-game schedule is.

“After this year,” Corbin said, “he’ll have a better understanding of what we’re talking about.”

From leadership (something he's been working on with former NBA point guard/Jazz assistant Sidney Lowe) to pick-and-roll duties on both ends to dealing with the pace of play, Corbin has liked the progression that he’s seen so far from a 21-year-old player he “absolutely” believes deserves Rookie of the Year consideration.

“He’s learned a lot this year. There’s a lot of pressure on him,” Corbin said. “I think he’s responding very well on both ends of the floor.”

Of course, you'll know Burke's really made it in the NBA when coaches say that about him in April, May and June, not just in January, February and March.

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Noah Vonleh will leave Indiana to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

"It's going to suck leaving college without an NCAA Tournament," Vonleh said. "But I have to do what's best for me."

"I've heard the fourth pick to the 12th pick is wide open," Vonleh said. "[I think I'll be selected] anywhere in that range."

DraftExpress.com has Vonleh going seventh overall.

Vonleh averaged 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds for the Hoosiers.

Looks like he'll be a guy the Jazz will be working out. Sounds a bit like Favors with range. The stretch big to replace Marvin? 7'4" wingspan. rebounds.
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North Carolina State sophomore T.J. Warren has decided to enter the June NBA draft, sources told Yahoo Sports. Warren reached the decision with his family on Sunday and had been expected to inform the N.C. State coaching staff of his decision early this week, sources told Yahoo Sports. A formal announcement is expected to come soon. Warren, a 6-foot-8 forward, had 28 points in N.C. State's NCAA tournament loss to Saint Louis last week. He's considered one of the best pure scorers in the draft class, averaging 24.9 points and shooting 52 percent from the floor.

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Sounds like someone they could look at too though he's at 18 on draft express in between where the Jazz will pick at the moment. They need shooting and he's another stretch 4 candiate though he didn't shoot very good from 3.
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Saric hasn't officially announced anything, but multiple sources say that he has an agreement in principle with Efes Pilson that will pay him $8.27 million over the next three years. There's no word yet on what the NBA buyout looks like, but he for sure won't be able to come to the NBA next season and sources say it's highly unlikely he'll even declare for this year's draft.

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Looks like he might be off the radar. Wouldn't he make more than that as a top 10 pick?
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