The Jazz will fill assistant coach Tony Lang’s spot on the bench by committee. Assistants Lamar Skeeter, Zach Guthrie and Vince LeGarza will rotate the third spot on the bench based on scouting assignments.
didn't add new coaches to replace the two that left?
According to Jason Scrubb, about 15 NBA teams have contacted John A. Logan coach Kyle Smithpeters to ask about Jay. Representatives from the Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons visited the campus in Carterville, Illinois, last week; the Atlanta Hawks will be there this week. – via Louisville Courier-Journal
That same day the Detroit Bad Boys raved again (from a different writer) about the Utah Jazz, this time considering Donovan Mitchell to be an MVP candidate for this upcoming season. I’m impressed their site wrote articles centered on the Jazz twice in the same week! Are we sure they are really Pistons fans?
If Mitchell is their best player than they will be the best team in the league certainly. Rudy is their MVP candidate until then though
There’s some truth to this claim — otherwise why replace the bad shooters with great ones this summer? — but the effect is overstated. If Mitchell really was a victim of his team’s cramped spacing, you’d think he’d generate better shots when the Jazz ran out lineups with more shooting in them.
Tim Bontemps: Enes Kanter says he’s dubbed Tacko Fall the “Senegalese Dirk,” thanks to his turnaround jump shot. “It’s pretty good,” Kanter said. Adds it’s a lot different for him going up against a 7-foot-7 guy in practice. – via Twitter TimBontemps
Don't believe he's as long as the guy that took your job in Utah though
Eric Walden: Mike Conley, on the benefits of playing with Rudy Gobert: “He’s a big, big dude, man. The screens he sets, and what he opens up with his ability to roll — I’ve probably thrown more lobs in the last two days than I have in a long time.” – via Twitter tribjazz
In a marriage of traditional sports and esports, Utah Jazz basketball star Rudy Gobert has invested in ReKTGlobal, a global esports group and parent of the esports club Rogue. – via VentureBeat
Gobert, the NBA’s two-time reigning Defensive Player of the Year and current center for the team, is joining a hefty ownership team. Gobert will join alongside existing investors including DJ stars Steve Aoki and DJ Nicky Romero, the Billboard Award-winning Imagine Dragons, and renowned Latin music producer Tainy. That’s a pretty good bunch of celebrities who probably know something the rest of us don’t. – via VentureBeat
SALT LAKE CITY — The summer brought a somewhat significant philosophical shift for the Utah Jazz.
Yeah they finally decided to build around their best player with guys that actually fit around him.
This switch is primed to have an effect on Gobert on both ends of the floor. On defense, where the Frenchman has been named the NBA’s best player two years in a row, he’ll no longer have a second excellent rim protector in Favors to share those duties with (Utah’s new backup center, Ed Davis, noted earlier this week that the plan is to not have him and the Stifle Tower play much together).
I think there will be less turnovers and long misses and the transition D will improve. No longer having the matador should help as well. More Royce.
It is easy to lament the exit of Derrick Favors. It is weird it is to see him in another jersey. His defensive impact on the floor was remarkable. The defensive twin towers look Favors gave the Jazz when he started with Rudy Gobert was immeasurable. When talking about Derrick Favors replacements, it’s easy to instantly go to power forward potentials like Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale, and Jeff Green. Those three will all see time at the position, but that’s not where the Jazz are going to miss Derrick Favors. They’re going to miss his ability to spell Rudy Gobert when Rudy Gobert is off the floor. The true value of Derrick Favors was as a backup center, and that’s where Ed Davis—who has been overlooked as a signing this offseason—comes in.
and Niang. The offense improves. Rebounding improves. D possibly improves. Goodbye finally Favors!
That’s not to say he’s a complete liability on the offensive end. While many will look at his free throw percentage and lack of ability to shoot long jumpers, the Utah Jazz see the perfect puzzle piece. Ed Davis is much like Rudy Gobert with his ability to screen defenders off the ball handler. Rudy Gobert was seen as the best in the league at this averaging 6.7 PER36. Ed Davis averaged 5.8 PER36. The ability for Utah not to have to completely alter their offense when Rudy Gobert comes out of the game is invaluable. While the Jazz did gain an offensive wrinkle with Derrick Favors pick and pop ability and finishing around the rim, Gobert’s screening ability is just top notch. Likewise is Ed Davis. He can be used just like Rudy Gobert as the ignition to their offense.
Can be good to have different type of players like Favors was as well
In his Media Day session on Monday, Jazz coach Quin Snyder called Mike Conley “an elite point guard,” but also went to great lengths to reiterate that he needed to observe all the new players operating within the framework of his system in order to have a true gauge of their capabilities and not be relying upon “preconceptions.” So then, on Wednesday, two days into the team’s 2019 training camp, what had the coach learned of the team’s major offseason acquisition? “It’s unusual that you trust a player so quickly, but he’s earned that,” Snyder said. “That’s who he is.” – via Salt Lake Tribune
He’s played off the ball before, even extensively, but he’s embracing that potential role heading into this season. In the first couple days of training camp, he’s played the point, he’s been a wing, and he’s run the floor as a four.
for a guy that has been hurt so much playing him against bigger guys at the 4 doesn't seem like a great idea to me
That fits right in with the new-look Jazz. Utah has a myriad of players on the wing that can not only handle the ball but also initiate the offense. Bojan Bogdanovic can create; Ingles is lethal in the pick and roll; Donovan Mitchell’s court vision continues to improve. Heck, coaches have even encouraged Jeff Green to play some point guard in the first two days of training camp.
The difference is all those guys can shoot and play basketball. Exum is long and fast and not much else
Exum hasn’t been a full participant in practice yet, as the Jazz are purposefully being cautious with his recovery. Lindsey said that everything is pointing in the right direction, but that there isn’t a timetable for when Exum will be ready for full competition. But, at least, he’s participating — he’s playing.