3 for 30 from downtown...sounds like the JAzz are able to attract same caliber
of shooters that have plagued the team for the past 3 years.Lindsay
was supposed to bring big changes and since he has arrived he has done nothing
of the sort, whether it be the summer league team or the regular team he has
assembled a great basketball team of non shooters. He may have been confused as
this was the year of the World Cup and these might in fact be soccer players.Since his arrival he has let Randy Foye walk for a second round draft
pick, signed a shooter for the max money (Hayward) who is a disappointment
anytime he has the ball with the game on the line. Let Williams who has a sweet
stroke just walk away.Quite frankly Exum who was 0 for quite a few
more than 15 the other night and Evans, Gobert and our other bench players are
not capable of scoring against a real NBA team are not going to cut it this
season.If the resurrection happened tommorrow Larry Miller would be
kicking his sons butt for letting Lindsay anywhere near his organization.
Wow, so now we are judging the team after one single game? The first ever NBA
level experience for these players, and we are writing off the team and the
efforts of the front office. Not a word on Exum's athleticism, quickness
and first step (items that cannot be coached) - only concentration on the shot,
which can and will be coached. Interesting that the preceding review omits any
mention of Rodney Hood (obviously, adding a positive would only dilute the
negativity). As for Hayward, everyone recognizes that max money
overpays him, but you have to balance that with this: if they let Hayward go,
who fills the gap? Could you show as any free agents that would be willing to
play in Salt Lake that could replace him. Besides, the Jazz didn't set the
market value. Charlotte did. The Jazz gave him offers in 2013 and 2014, and he
turned both down. But they have to spend 90% of the cap no matter what, so they
may as well get the best talent they can. Williams is a good team player, but
he, too, is not worth what Charlotte offered him, so the Jazz let him go.
You know that somebody is going to say it, so (with apologies to the haters),
let me throw out a potential "one-word" solution to the Jazz
shooting woes: Jimmer!Even if he only shoots 30% from distance, he
could become a key sub to open up the inside game for the Jazz bigs.Besides,he wouldn't cost very much of the organization's cap money.
A cheap roll of the dice for what would be a popular solution for Jazz fans
(ok, most of them anyway).
I love the defensive impact of Ruuu-Dee!! Ruuu-Dee!! He is really mobile for a
big man. Summer league Philly game and on one particular play Rudy
was in the pick and roll out near the three point line. He got caught in a
switch and bumped out over the screen to guard against the 3 point shot so Rudy
is actually out guarding PAST the 3 point line!! (Maybe Kanter should get a
copy of the video sent to his address). Then of course Philly
rotates the ball quickly to the opposite side of the court in an effort to get a
good shot...then they throw it into the post. Within seconds, Rudy recovers back
to the post on his side of the floor from outside the three point line and THEN
crosses the key (in help defense) and gets the block!!Sensational
play/effort!!! I'm hopeful Rudy will see expanded minutes this
season. Clearly he is getting it now. He had multiple blocks.As
far as the outside shooting it was pretty ugly but lets be realistic...law of
averages say watch the game tonight. Nearly won despite poor shooting 3's.
I completely agree with Osgrath and Alpine Coug. Not at all with Doug10.
Lindsey's longer term plan still seems formidable and solid. The team has multiple first-time NBA players who are nervous about making good
first impressions. They will settle down after a few games and shoot appreciably
better. Of that, there is little doubt. In the meantime, there were
multiple signs of great athleticism and team work, especially defensively, which
was our team nemesis last season. Overall, that first Summer League game seemed
quite encouraging if everything is kept in proper context. Jimmer
would truly be a worthwhile acquisition (since he could be acquired at low
cost). He would sell a lot of tickets and was one of the best 3-point shooters
in the league last season with a better long-range shooting percentage (40+)
than anyone on the Jazz team had. If a person gets into serious statistical
analysis, his meaningful numbers per-minute-played were quite impressive.Overall, the risk-to-potential ratio on Jimmer is definitely worth serious
Hayward did not get max money. He got max that other teams could pay not the
Jazzz. I'm looking at a four point loss on 10% 3 point shooting. 30% would
have produced a 14 point win. Think about it. The shots will fall.Lindsey is playing his cards and while his way may not exactly my or your way.
this team will win. I would like for the Jazz to pick up Jimmer but management
may not want the pressure put on all the young guards they have that this would
To the Jimmer fans. Here is the dilemma. You have Trey Burke and Exum who you
drafted to develop. They are both adept at pick and roll. They both need max
minutes in order to get better as quickly as possible. On a sidenote, whether
fans understand or not I believe Exum will take over the lead PG job within 2
seasons.Jimmer by contrast is a shooting guard in a PG body. He
also does not defend well at his position and he can't defend a SG. His
style dominates the ball and I don't think that is the Quinn Snyder plan
for how he wants his PGs to play. Trey Burke already struggles at his height to
defend and shoot over people but runs pick and roll well. So we want to add
another player who is too short for their true position?No doubt it
is a shame that someone who can shoot like Jimmer has not found a system to get
that out of him. With 3 point shooting at such a premium in the NBA right now
it has to tell you something that Jimmer can't seem land a job.
wait until the last of these games before you draw much intelligence -
they're just shaking things loose and getting rid of jitters.
One question is why they put up 30 3's in their opening game in the first
place. Learning how to get to the basket, multiple passes, P&R
in something like Spurs style is - along with D - supposed to be a priority,
no?And while I get a little soft on Jimmer, even for cheap I wonder
if he's not going to cost more on D than he could add on O. Korver's
learned to play a little of the former - and sometimes wish he was back.In any case the Jazz still have room to spend, acquire, more picks in
the bag... ...not gonna get down on the longer term for a good while yet, no
matter what. Remember also that Exxum hadn't played a minute
of 5 on 5 in over six months and never in NBA-ish conditions...
Jimmer ? GaaGGGG, belch, gulp, shake my head. Don't you boys of
blue ever give up. Jimmer shoots, his opponent shoots and scores more. So
we get three baskets-9 points on 3/8 and his counter part scores 15 @ 7/10
Give it up boys.
I watched 5 games on Saturday. Plenty of shooters available on other teams.
The Jazz just don't draft or pick them up. However, Hood is going to be
fine. Nice stroke and finds a way to get open. Exum needs to work super hard
on his jumpshot or everyone will play under the screen on the pick and roll.
Burke is in trouble. Exum may be starting come November. Oh wait, this is the
Jazz, they don't play rookies.1. Exum2. Hayward,3. Hood4. Favors5: KanterAnd Kanter is a big ?????