Williams-Goss, who has drafted by the Jazz in 2017, re-joins the squad after two years in Europe. Howard comes by way of France. They’re probably in-line for the back-end roster spots. I expect Bluiett, Morgan and Kidd will find their way to the G-League’s Salt Lake City Stars.
Justin Wright-Foreman, Jarrell Brantley and Miye Oni have come on-board via the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft. Wright-Foreman and Brantley will occupy the Jazz’s two two-way slots to start the season. Oni, meanwhile, looks to be on-target for a spot on the 15-man opening night roster.
Oni guaranteed contract
Goss has a guaranteed contract and Kidd a partial guarantee to fight Howard for the final spot. At 28 is he going to play in the Gleauge if he doesn't make it?
Conley hasn’t often played with a rim-rolling center who feasts on lobs, like Gobert; Ingles lost his pick-and-roll partner in Derrick Favors; Mitchell hasn't played with a point guard who scores as much as Conley.
Conley's got a great floater. Should be a great weapon . A lob or a floater. Keep D's guessing
If Dante Exum or Mudiay prove to be consistent enough to lead the second unit, the Jazz could very well start their best five players. If not, don’t be surprised to see Ingles come off the bench to stabilize things as a point forward — or even just to provide another offensive punch.
They don't want Ingles getting worn out or playing the 4. Want Bojan at the 3
Such a move would push Royce O’Neale or Green into the starting lineup, depending on the matchup. O’Neale is arguably the team’s best perimeter defender, and he shot 39% from 3-point range last season. Green, meanwhile, could be used to match up against bigger frontcourts. These wouldn’t be bad options for the Jazz to explore in the starting lineup.
Or Niang. Should play whoever works best with the other 4
Regardless of who starts, expect plenty of staggering to keep a scoring threat on the floor at all times. Bogdanovic, Conley and Mitchell have all been effective in their careers as a team’s top-scoring option — the Jazz should be able to use that to their advantage.
try to keep 2 of them at all times and 3 of 4 with Gobert in that mix
Favors was arguably the Jazz’s third-best player as he embraced his hybrid starter/backup role. By some metrics, it was Favors — not Gobert — who was the best rim protector in the league last season. Having that as your backup center was a nice luxury.
better rim protector than the guy that no one ants to challenge?
Davis won’t provide the Gobert injury insurance that Favors did, but things point to him being able to fill the backup center role.
why won't he?
This is the first Jazz team that Snyder has coached with this much offensive talent. Snyder’s advantage basketball system has done wonders to create open shots for teams with much less firepower. Imagine what he can do with this year’s squad.
He needs to worry about his rotations and getting the right guys on the floor and letting them play. Not overthink and show us how smart he is
This isn’t a new trend: You need a superstar to win a title. The question is: Can Mitchell be that for the Jazz? He’s already well on his way. In fact, he’s pretty close to being there.
They have their superstar. When Mitchell is the best player on the team let's talk
Like Ginobili, Dante Exum arrived to the league with abilities and attributes that were intriguing, but having proven very little. Like Ginobili, those obvious gifts have often been on display, reminding viewers why he’s special even amid an otherwise uneven start to his career. He has played behind established veterans and seen his playing time and role fluctuate, and his coach has likewise tried to rein him in, sometimes with consternation. Manu and Dante are very different players, but their early experiences as NBA players are parallel in many ways.
comparing Dante with one of the greats?
Something similar happens almost any time Exum is mentioned. It happened when The Athletic’s Tony Jones shared intel that the Jazz are still very high on Exum, and it happened again when recent workout photos of Exum surfaced.
what else are they going to say after drafting him and signing him to that horrible contract?
For example, George Hill to Ricky Rubio was roughly a talent-neutral2 transition made largely because of what’s in Rubio’s heart and bones, and then Rubio to Mike Conley was about taking the talent to the next level without sacrificing what Rubio brought emotionally and intellectually. The same thing happened when Utah replaced Joe Johnson with Jae Crowder, and later upgraded to Bojan Bogdanovic.
Rubio never fit. Hill fit perfectly.
In Exum’s case, there are still plenty of reasons to be excited. While his early career has had its ups and downs, he is still just 24 and he has established a pretty safe “floor” by ensconcing himself on the foundation of a couple of elite skill sets. Players who are elite in one area tend to have long NBA careers, even if they’re mediocre at everything else3. Players who have two elite skill sets have a chance to be really, really special. Even if Exum remains exactly who he is at age 24, he has already shown a capacity to be elite in two really important areas of the game: the ability to break down defenses with his speed4, and on-ball defense.
who cares if he breaks down D's if he can't finish or hold on to the ball?
With five key contributors — Conley, Davis, Bogdanovic, Ingles, and Green — over the age of 30, it might be smart for the Jazz to strategically rest guys during the course of the season. But in an all-out Western Conference war, with playoff positioning critical, can the Jazz afford to? That’s especially true given that the depth of this team from spots 10-15 is not as effective, on paper, as what it was a season ago.
That remains to be seen. 1-9 is better. No Rubio or Favors brining them down