If Rubio maintains that type of production through the season, he will be due for a large contract, one the Jazz will be happy to provide.
Derrick Favors signed a two-year, $33 million contract this summer, with only one year guaranteed. There is a good chance this is Favors' final year in a Jazz uniform, and it will be worth monitoring whether he keeps his starting job or not.
Can't see anyone else on the roster starting ahead of him
The Jazz net rating exploded after acquiring Jae Crowder at the trade deadline, largely because of their ability to play one big and four wings offensively. Favors has been working on his 3-point jump shot, and if it becomes a legitimate weapon, he will open up interesting options for the offense.
He will never be a threat from 3
Jae Crowder will be the Jazz's sixth man, after averaging starters minutes despite being acquired at the trade deadline for Rodney Hood. Crowder is inconsistent as a shooter, but could see his numbers improve now that he has a better grasp of the Jazz offense.
But Dante is 6th man of the year.
If Exum can show better play-making skills and improve his shooting, he can be a dangerous offensive weapon. But those flashes have been few and far between so far in his career. Still, Exum's defense is an asset, and anything the Jazz get offensively will be a bonus.
and hold on to the ball and finish...
Truthfully, Sefolosha is a more complete player than Crowder, but is older and on the downside of his career. He may be more useful in spot minutes. Still, Sefolosha would have been a valuable asset in the playoffs, and the Jazz will be happy to have him back in the lineup.
at least every other game anyway
Raul Neto is the ideal third-string point guard for a team like the Jazz. He's got a limited upside, but makes very few mistakes when asked to take on a bigger role in case of injury. His small size makes it hard to play him in a larger role, but with Rubio, Mitchell and Exum ahead of him, its unlikely he'll be needed much.
He was a solid starter and back-up. Certainly better than Dante and better than Rubio much of the year
Alec Burks is entering the final year of a four-year contract he signed with the Jazz. Understanding there is little potential for him as a long-term Jazzman, there isn't much incentive for Quin Snyder to play him. Burks can provide change-of-pace minutes as a scorer, but shouldn't be a serious part of the rotation.
No incentive other than he's one his best offensive players.
Considering Rudy Gobert missed 26 games with injuries, and Thabo Sefolosha is returning after missing 44 games, improvement is a realistic goal. But winning a championship isn’t, unless the Golden State Warriors suffer a catastrophic reversal.
How many games did Thabo miss because of COTY though?
“I don’t want us to look at other teams. I don’t want us to be comparing ourselves to anybody else,” Snyder said. “I want us to be as good as we can be.”
Me too but that will never be the case as long as no one making decisions is all in
There’s no doubting what Thabo Sefolosha brings to the Jazz on the court: Defense, energy, toughness and leadership. The Utah Jazz organization and the fans just need to hope we see him out there on the court for a lot more than 38 games.
You need to write an article about this? I would assume anyone at his age would expect to be better than ever. I don't think he'll be as effective as he was two years ago when he had players that stretched the floor around him though
Coach Quin Snyder has now added Raul Lopez, a former Jazz point guard, to his coaching staff. He worked with Rubio and Alec Burks alongside assistant coach Jeff Watkinson during the first day of training camp on Tuesday. – via Deseret News
Snyder says you can expect to see Lopez around a lot this year. “We all know Raul from when he was drafted here and often times, similar to (Jazz associate coach) DeSagana Diop, we’ve had situations where we felt like a particular guy that’s a former player has a perspective that they can add,” Snyder said. “I think DeSagana’s done that with (Derrick Favors) and (Ekpe Udoh) and we wanted Raul to be a part of the group and not only for Ricky, because obviously the relationship’s there, but to have an opportunity to work with our guys in the context of the coaching staff.” – via Deseret News
Lopez, 38, expressed an interest this off-season to help Snyder and his staff and they jumped at the opportunity. In addition to being selected 24th overall by the Jazz in the 2001 NBA Draft and holding a Spanish connection to Rubio, he also played overseas for new assistant Fotis Katsikaris. – via Deseret News
As good as Rudy has been the past two years, his starts haven’t been nearly as memorable as his finishes. Of course, last season that was due largely to a pair of knee injuries that held him out for much of the early part of the 2017-18 campaign. Prior to those setbacks, Gobert was dealing with the adjustment of a new starting point guard and a squad that had lost its former leading scorer in Gordon Hayward.
It was because of Rubio. Let's get real. Two years ago he was fine. Had a better finish mostly because they put better guys around him
If you recall, by the time All-Star rosters were announced, Gobert found himself on the outside looking in, beaten out by the likes of DeAndre Jordan and even fellow teammate Gordon Hayward. But by the time the season came to a close, he was receiving All-NBA Honors ahead of said players. That just goes to show that his second half of the year was so dominant as to place him above the competition when looking at the full season.
He deserved t make it over both of them. He was a top 5 player arguably. All NBA and all-star are different
Beyond their traditional center Rudy Gobert and pure point guard Ricky Rubio, the Jazz roster is moving towards the lauded “positionless” basketball, where most, if not all, players can play multiple positions. That simply can’t, won’t, and shouldn’t happen with Gobert and Rubio.
pure pg that spots up in the corner.
You’ve probably heard of Snyder’s offensive scheme, nicknamed “advantage basketball.” The premise of this system is that each player who takes possession of the basketball on a given team possession will try to build an incremental advantage for the next player. Theoretically, this will repeat until the player with the ball has enough of an advantage that they can score on a high-efficiency shot.
Which are mostly 3's and they are not good at
These downsides seemingly arose from a few different sources. First, Rubio adjusting from a role in which he was primarily the facilitator and had a top five assist-per-game number. Second, lack of shot-creators who could score in isolation if the offense was stymied.
Burks sitting behind inferior talent
Snyder’s advantage offense generated good looks for his players at a very high rate. Last season, the Jazz took a higher percentage of wide open looks than any other team, with 28.6 percent of their shots coming with the nearest defender at least six feet away. They also had the third highest mark for wide open three-point attempts, 17.6 unguarded threes per game, behind only the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks.
A lot of that is that Rubio, Favors, Udoh, Gobert(away from the hoop) and Exum are left wide open.
“I’m excited for Dante after some of the injuries and things like that,” Sefolosha said. “I think he had a great summer, and it shows with the speed and athleticism, he got that right back, so I’m excited about that.”
He already had that. Has he learned how to play basketball yet?
His career-high 8.1 points per game and 3.1 assists won’t jump off the page for most, but considering the circumstances of what he had to overcome to hit the court makes it more remarkable.
Remarkable? Just a lot of excuses from where I sit
Exum separated his left shoulder during the preseason, which required surgery, before returning to the lineup in March as the Jazz were in the midst of a strong postseason push. His versatility was on display in the playoffs, where he even found defensive success against Houston Rockets MVP James Harden during the Western Conference Semifinals, which ultimately earned him a three-year, $33 million extension this summer.
Now he's versatile? He can defend and what else?
“What he did was exceedingly difficult. He joined a very high functioning playoff team as a 22-year-old and played very well,” said Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey. “We actually went through that exercise with the coaches when we were looking at alternatives, and I think in retrospect when the coaches got to see him play those minutes that they were surprised at how many games in those last 14 games that he played well and allowed us to increase the margin from the bench.
And was unplayable in round 1. The Jazz needed offense against Houston. He did nothing but hurt them at that end
Exum’s on-court abilities have never been a concern within the Jazz organization; it’s been his health. Since being selected fifth overall in the 2014 NBA draft, Exum has played less and less since his rookie campaign where he suited up for all 82 games. He missed his sophomore season after tearing his ACL while playing for his Australian national team in the summer of 2015, then underwent shoulder surgery last October to stabilize his AC joint, which nearly kept him out for another full season.
It should be a concern because he has mostly sucked. It's not like Embiid who has been hurt but dominated when he played
This summer, Exum went into the mindset of being able to lead at different aspects of the game. He participated in competitive Rico Hines UCLA Runs, alongside teammate Rudy Gobert, where he competed against NBA peers to improve at transition pushes, pull-up treys and pick and roll reads versus different styles of play.
Pull up 3 is now part of the extensive arsenal eh?
With all that he’s had to overcome, most people forget that Exum just turned 23 years old on July 13. As a 6-foot-6 point guard, Exum will have to compete for minutes with teammates Donovan Mitchell, Ricky Rubio, Raul Neto and even rookie guard Grayson Allen to some extent. His versatility may help him earn the playing time, but Exum doesn’t see it as a problem with how deep this year’s roster is.
23, his speed and length are the only things he has going for him
“Obviously, my preference is to play point guard,” Exum said. “That’s what I’ve done, that’s what I’ve been and it’s what got me here, but I’m a bigger guard and I can guard 1 through 3 and hopefully can play 1 through 3 and hopefully get an opportunity sometime this season early on where we can play me, Ricky and Donovan together and see how that combo goes.
With the Jazz there are basically two positions. bigs and others. You need to be versatile. He's the least versatile guy.
How many more days until the next article to hype Exum?
I also don’t think it’s a coincidence that Royce O’neale and Dante Exum are working together. Chances are those two are going to be the first ones off the bench and are going to need to build more chemistry. Exum and O’neale have a chance to be a very potent bench pairing that should score efficiently (O’neale from three and Exum at the rim) while also providing high level defense.
Crowder will be first off the bench most nights unless he's now platooning with Thabo? Exum should score effectively even though he never has?
What happens if Rudy and Derrick are decent from the corner 3?
and what if birds fly?
Favs said on the radio
That you should expect 1.5 attempts from 3 at the beginning of the season, and up to 3-4 attempts by the end of the season.
Now with James gone, Lue expects big things from Hood. “Right now he’s probably going to be our second-leading scorer behind Kevin [Love]. That’s what I see,” Lue said. “Scoring the basketball, attacking the basket, doing everything with pace and speed. Deng wants you to know that he has plenty left to give and intends to show you on the court. – via Akron Beacon Journal
Lue conceded the difficult adjustment Hood faced after being traded, with Hood seeing action in 21 regular-season games. “He came from Utah where coach [Quin] Snyder ran a lot of stuff for him coming off the bench and kind of ran the offense through him,” Lue said. “Coming to a situation where LeBron had the ball in his hands a lot, the second unit was different with [Kyle] Korver and different guys, it was a change for him and to only have 30 games with that change was tough. – via Akron Beacon Journal
Marc Stein: The Heat have pursued Butler as aggressively as any of the 20-plus teams to inquire thus far but, like many, have found it hard to get Minnesota to clearly communicate. League sources say Miami is a team that strongly appeals to the free agent-to-be Butler after a trade – via Twitter TheSteinLine
They’ve become somewhat mythical around the NBA. Even Quin Snyder couldn’t resist smiling when describing his fabled three-hour practices as “urban legend.” – via Deseret News
“We believe in working,” Snyder said. “That’s why people that have played in our program have gotten better. That’s the correlation but a lot of the time that we spend in the gym is player development-oriented. My first year, obviously we won 25 games the year before so you have a younger team. We do what our team needs,” he added. “We had a team last year that didn’t need to practice much. We stopped having shootarounds and our practices this year in camp have been short.” – via Deseret News
“This three-hour thing, I’m thinking there’s maybe something behind that,” Snyder said. “The time that we spend in the gym, one of the things that’s great about where we are right now as a program, I think our chef is the best restaurant in Salt Lake. So we want a place where the guys are comfortable being and we have guys that like each other and enjoy being around each other.” – via Deseret News
The thing is they said Lyles worked harder than anyone other than Hayward. His problem is he started thinking he was Kobe.