Following an ankle injury to Rodney Hood, Burks has taken on an increased role, and is handling it with aplomb. In the last seven games, Burks is averaging 20.1 points on 54.9 percent shooting overall and 46.9 percent shooting from 3-point land, four rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. And during this stretch, the Jazz have a net rating of plus-17.5 points per 100 possessions with Burks on the floor, but just plus-0.2 points per 100 possessions when he sits.
and he could be out of the rotation by tomorrow despite that!
Denver had hoped OG Anunoby would fall to it, per multiple sources, but the Raptors took him one spot before the Nuggets could.
So did the clown have any other deals lined up if Denver had gotten their guy?
Snyder has a knack for putting players into positions to succeed
he’s never hesitated to play youngsters like Lyles, Hood, Dante Exum, and Rudy Gobert
though all should have started in the G-league
It’s the second season in a row the Jazz have managed to overcome injuries by utilizing Snyder’s ball-movement-based system to generate on- and off-ball actions. A positionless approach that utilizes multiple ball handlers turned out to be a perfect fit for Mitchell, who doesn’t quite have the pure passing skills of a point guard or the size of a shooting guard.
tell me again how Ricky fits here?
If Mitchell develops into a primary ball handler, the Jazz would be better off targeting a floor-spacing guard to put next to him. Dante Exum could fit the bill if he can stay on the floor.
and can hit a shot and finish and defend without his hands.
Rubio will be an unrestricted free agent in 2019, but a change may be in order sooner,
needed now but won't happen
Hood would theoretically be a great fit as a 2-guard next to Mitchell, but the fourth-year wing can’t stay healthy; he missed two October games with a lower left leg strain and sat out the past seven games with left ankle soreness. It’s not the first time Hood has dealt with leg injuries: He’s suffered a deep bone bruise on his left knee and plantar fasciitis in his left foot. On the right leg, Hood has dealt with a hamstring strain, plantar fasciitis, a hyperextension, a bone contusion, an LCL sprain, and an Achilles tendon strain. The Jazz were wise not to re-sign Hood prior to the rookie-extension deadline for that reason, but they still need to find additional sources of scoring as last week’s losses to the Bucks, Thunder, and Rockets showed.
Before the season, we thought Hood would be the breakout star in Utah. Now, he may wind up spacing the floor for that guy.
In theory Hood needs to go to a team where they like iso. That's not Utah
Fortunately, though, the Jazz are coming into the contest off of three days of rest and leading scorer Rodney Hood is set to be back in the mix, so those should all be encouraging signs for Utah’s chances.
Burks playing less than Rubio and Hood is discouraging
one of the main areas in which the Jazz were absolutely superb was in taking care of the ball on their end while forcing Chicago into turnovers on theirs
both are different teams now though
with Rodney Hood set to be back in action, considering how well the Jazz played against the Bulls just a few weeks back and the fact that Utah is coming into this contest with a significant amount of rest, I think they’ll find a way to put an end to Chicago’s winning streak and come away with a much-needed triumph of their own.
There were reports that the Jazz were originally offering more than what Hill ultimately ended up with, especially considering that his third year isn’t guaranteed
So the Jazz would owe him for the rest of this year and next while getting rid of Rubio. If only the front office wasn't a joke!
I don’t think any of us imagined how much the absence of Hill would end up stinging as well.
We didn't? He was arguably their best player last November before the injuries. They missed him last year and he was replaced by someone that made no sense. He's been missed more than hayward
I know a lot of Jazz fans were anxious to replace Hill with Rubio, but after what we’ve witnessed so far, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that many of them wish that they could have Hill back in his place. I know I’m certainly in that camp.
But you had Ricky pinned as an all-star! Hill was a perfect fit and Ricky made no sense
following the December 15th deadline after which free agents that signed this summer can be traded, perhaps the Kings will look to move Hill and maybe the Jazz will look to make some sort of move to improve as well.
However, the latter seems particularly unlikely to me and even more unlikely than that would be a Hill-Jazz reunion which has been brought up by a few folks on Twitter, but it would make for an interesting story line.
should happen but won't
it’s not in Utah’s front office’s nature to be overly anxious to make a hasty move.
not in their nature to make any deadline moves. Hasty though? You can't get rid of the deadweight on this team fast enough as far as I'm concerned
He’s more than likely on the back end of his career, so hopefully he can put together a few nice runs yet rather than being stuck in an unhappy, unsuccessful rut for the remainder of his playing days.
Coming off his best year and doesn't rely on athleticsm so why can't he just be starting his prime?