No team has embraced the concept of depth more than this year’s Utah Jazz, who, after losing the duo of Gordon Hayward and George Hill, have refashioned their roster to go 10 deep, and maybe more.
remains to be seen
On most nights, the Jazz’s starters are Ricky Rubio, Ingles, Rodney Hood, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert. After that, the safe assumption is Donovan Mitchell, Thabo Sefolosha and Joe Johnson will share the bulk of the bench minutes.
Bradley and O’Neal are expected to appear mostly in garbage time.
G-league. O'Neale can help them or he better be after cutting Bolomboy
Look for Rubio to have a spring in his step as he takes it to the team that ultimately decided they were better off with Jeff Teague.
as the Jazz will eventually do
Newsflash — they aren’t. In the Wolves’ season-opening loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota was outscored by 17 points when Teague was on the floor.
against the Spurs
He may be a better shooter than Rubio, but that’s about it.
Better scorer and an actual all-star not the Jazz homer version of all-star
the Timberwolves are a force to be reckoned with. With the addition of All-Star Jimmy Butler, sixth man extraordinaire Jamal Crawford, and blue-collar hero Taj Gibson, Towns and fellow No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins will have their squad contending for a top-four playoff spot in the West come season’s end.
you forgot maybe the best coach in the world
Rodney Hood is primed for a big night offensively
Will Wiggins score more on Hood than Hood puts up is the question
PF Taj Gibson
So Dieng off the bench? He's a player! Certainly better than Trey Burke.
Raul Neto (leg) is currently questionable for Friday.
Be nice to see him just to see if he is going to be in the rotation or not.
How about the last 16 minutes of that game?! Utah’s 25-4 run and the lock-down defense that went with it were absolutely incredible to behold. The Jazz weren’t just making stops, they were forcing turnovers and getting points off of them seemingly at will. If Utah can find a way to harness the defensive intensity they had for that stretch for the majority of their games, they are going to grind teams down like none other.
Not to mention, the Jazz forced a whopping 22 turnovers which led to 31 points. That was an area they actually struggled in last year, so let’s hope this trend continues, because it will simply make their offense better, too.
Until they play a team that defends we're not really going to know how good they are. Shutting down a great offensive team like Denver was impressive but need to see against a team that plays both ends. Maybe Tomorrow?
For better or for worse, the Jazz don’t have an obvious go-to scoring option. Yes, Joe Johnson will always be relied upon in clutch situations, Rodney Hood will hopefully turn into such an offensive weapon
Why are you so desperate for this? Let him be who is which is a bench scorer. He is one of 6 guys that should do most of the scoring. Not the guy
believe it or not Alec Burks looked like quite the possible candidate
hard to believe that a proven scorer that you haven't hyped up as one of the all-time greats is doing what he always has done when healthy?
we’d all love to see Favors get back to his 16-8 ways or even exceed that, the fact of the matter is that Utah’s scoring is very much by committee now and if he’s in double figures with a solid shooting percentage and doing other things to help his team win, that’s exactly what the Jazz need.
would love to see it for his trade value but it will be tough when he's in there with Rudy
unbelievably enough was a -14 on the night.
Might see a lot of this because there bench will probably be the strength of the team especially if they keep starting Hood
Rodney Hood gets a mulligan in this one in my book. His last minute scratch from the starting lineup and limited minutes produced minimal results. I hope he wasn’t feeling well, because otherwise it just wasn’t a good game for him at all.
He's got mulligans the past 3 years. Not going to work now as the supposed go to guy. Either show up or go to the bench at least util they can move ya
The thing I’m most excited about regarding Udoh is the fact that he will help maintain the defense and stabilize the second unit. Whenever Rudy Gobert would go to the bench last season, Jazz fans always held their breath knowing that the opponent would likely then be primed for a run. However, Udoh is an excellent stopgap who helps maintain elite defense and a solid rim protector even while Rudy is catching his breath.
I thought Favors was an elite rim protector? Can't see playing Udoh while Favors is on the team.
Part of the reason for their early shakiness on Wednesday very well could have been due to Rodney Hood’s last-second scratch from the starting lineup as he dealt with “gastric distress” and the ensuing insertion of Donovan Mitchell into the starting five as well as the fact that several players were making their Jazz debut.
Those numbers came against the second-worst defense in the NBA last year, but this solid first performance was the first step in putting to bed the idea this Jazz team doesn’t have enough scoring to compete.
shows little against that D
He, along with Ekpe Udoh (+24), Thabo Sefolosha (+25), Joe Johnson (+6) and Alec Burks (+16) all finished with a positive plus/minus, while the only regular starter to break even was Derrick Favors.
Because he plays with the bench a lot
It’s comforting to know that should the starting five start the game on the back foot, the reserves can get them back on track. Hopefully they don’t become too reliant on it,
They better be reliant on it especially if Hood keeps starting. The starting line-up will have a hard time stretching the floor.