With players such as Dante Exum and Burks able to get to the rim, or pass out to scorers such as Hood, Novak, Burke and Hayward, the 2014-15 Jazz should be better than last year.
thin bench. younger. better?
How much better?
Plan on four games beyond last season’s 25-win team. The 2013-14 incarnation included Marvin Williams and Richard Jefferson, both good 3-point shooters. But this year, under Quin Snyder, the Jazz have a systematic plan to get them open. Snyder expects his team to constantly shuffle the ball until daylight appears, with no five-man “creeping” or spacing lapses allowed.
Great, but what Jazz fans really want to know is whether this year’s team has a prayer. Could a team that finished 14 games out of the last playoff spot actually make the postseason this year?
As they say in the Land of Exum, not bloody likely.
The Jazz are the third-youngest team in the NBA, with a star who has never made an All-Star team. Should fans be demanding or patient?
“Temporarily resigned” or “cautiously optimistic” might be better descriptions.
“I’ve had a ton of experience playing in Utah against these teams,” said nine-year veteran Novak, who has previously been on six NBA teams. “I played against Utah in the playoffs and I don’t think Utah fans generally are ones that need to have patience.”
Tyrone Corbin might disagree.
Novak went on to say Jazz fans seemed to know there wouldn’t be another Stockton-Malone era forthcoming.
“They see that when guys like Karl Malone and John Stockton retire, generally speaking — unless you’re San Antonio or the Green Bay Packers — you don’t just have another guy just waiting in the wings," Novak said. "So I think they’re very much with us and they understand, and are kind of on this journey with us."
It’s been a long trip, considering the aforementioned hall-of-famers have been gone 11 years.
So there it is. Phrases like “process-oriented goals” and “the path rather than the destination” will repeatedly be used by Snyder.
“I think the results are the realization that in the first year, there’s things you’re not going to be able to do the entire year that you’d like to do,” Snyder said as he discussed his system. “There’s not enough time.”
In short, don’t plan on the playoffs.
“To be honest with you, from where we stand today, it’s just so hard to know,” Novak said. “Even as a player on the team, I think the next month is going to tell us a lot.”
Twelve of the Jazz’s first 17 games are against playoff teams.
This year’s Jazz will be more entertaining than the last few years. Still, fans will want to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel. Don’t think playoffs. Think of making the next basket. Sometimes that can be fairly pretty, all by itself.
the bench looks a bit thin right now, and unless the starters can play 35 minutes a night, which isn’t a great idea, the bench is going to have to help out.
Why isn't it a great idea to play young guys that won't be in the playoffs big minutes?
In Trevor Booker, the Jazz have a tough inside player that can step out and make 3-pointers, while rookie Dante Exum has looked promising in the preseason with a better shooting stroke than expected. Fifth-year player Jeremy Evans will get more time than in the past
Has this guy been following the pre-season at all?
, and Rudy Gobert shows potential but is still quite raw. Rookie Rodney Hood has been up and down but could develop nicely, and Ian Clark may play more. If the Jazz have any significant injuries, it could really test the team’s depth.
Rudy looks ready. The others not so much. Back-up pg looks to be the biggest question mark again.
After ending discussions on the possibility of a contract extension with the Utah Jazz, center Enes Kanter plans to enter restricted free agency next summer, his agent told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday. “We have mutually agreed with Utah to concentrate on the season and look at our options again in the summer,” agent Max Ergul said in a telephone interview. “Enes likes Utah and the organization very much, and now he can concentrate on continuing to grow as a player and helping them win.” Yahoo! Sports
Kanter, 22, the third overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, will assuredly benefit from another full year of development, especially under new coach Quin Snyder. Kanter’s size and skill will make him an intriguing player on the summer market, and several teams told Yahoo Sports they’ll be scouting him closely to gauge his full market value and potential. The Jazz have gathered a fine collection of young frontcourt players, including Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert and Kanter. Yahoo! Sports
You forgot Tomic. No surprise. Hoped for a discount after him being injured the past two years. Alec?
The Australian brings a unique skillset to the table. For starters, he’s an unorthodox, left-hander; slicing his way through the lane for a variety scoop-shots, floaters and leaners – he’s nearly impossible to guard.
Ingles is also an exceptional playmaker. He’s got great basketball IQ and uses his height to see over the top of defenders and make the right pass. He fits the mould of a point forward, comfortable bringing the ball up and relishing the opportunity to create in the half court.
Sounds like a superstar!
As for his relationship with Dante, well, that flourished when Exum joined the ranks of the Australian national team. The former idol was now a teammate. Most recently, the pair bunked together during the World Championships in Spain.
And while it was Exum many tuned in to see play for the Boomers, Ingles stole the show. “Jingles”, as he’s affectionately known, led the team averaging 11.4 points and 3.2 rebounds to go along with 3.4 assists in just over 30 minutes per game. He was by far Australia’s best creator, getting teammates involved and playing the role of ‘go-to-guy’ when the team needed a bucket.
Not surprisingly, his performance at the World Cup meant, once again, a chance at the NBA came knocking and Ingles signed with the LA Clippers. While Ingles was considered to be a candidate for sneaking onto the Clippers’ final roster, he never quite got his chance. In five preseason games he played just 37 minutes and averaged less than a point per game.
In those scant few minutes where Ingles did play, he showed excellent poise and decision-making; creating plays with baseline drives leading into wraparound passes, often ending in hockey assists. He’s not a player that lets the ball stick, which is exactly what Quin Snyder has preached as his offensive philosophy. If Utah’s fluid ball movement during preseason’s anything to go by, Ingles will slide in nicely to the offense as a rangey point forward.
And, while his shortcomings defensively are well documented, having a strong defender around like Rudy Gobert will help cover his difficulties defending the perimeter.
As we saw last night tat's not necessarily the case.
In LA, Ingles just didn’t quite fit. When Jordan Farmar suffered a back injury, Jared Cunningham seized his opportunity and proved he had (just) enough to make the roster– snatching the final spot from Ingles.
Now, Ingles has another chance in a far better situation.
The Jazz are trying to rebuild their franchise, and, despite being a rookie, Ingles will be the third oldest member of the squad. While he’s already a valuable mentor to Exum (and this is a smart signing by virtue of that alone) he’s also exceptionally talented with a potent offensive arsenal.
What’s the best part about this Aussie rookie? We should get to see all of that right away.