I heard George Karl interviewed on NBA radio day before yesterday and when asked
who impresses him in summer league, it was not Wiggins or Jabari, it was Exum.
To the untrained eye, which includes all of us who chat on these boards it was
probably more difficult to see the potential, but Karl knows talent and he
speaks his mind and he really likes our young Aussie. Trey had a rough summer
league in his rookie season (and probably wasn't fantastic this summer
either), but as we know he was on the all rookie 1st team and was rookie of the
month 3 times. I think we will see Hood display his ability sooner than Exum,
but after time to adjust to playing here I think they will both be great.
I think Exum played extremely well when we used him at point guard. For some
reason though the Jazz still think Trey Burke is our future at pg and I have
watched Trey a lot the past year and I hate to say it but he is just not very
good. He doesn't see the floor well, he thinks of himself as a scoring pg
but he just can't score... He is too slow to drive by anybody in the nba
and he isn't a very quick decision maker when he does have the ball.I think Exum based off of what I saw in the summer league is already a
better pg than Trey. Exum sees the floor extremely well, he can get into the
paint at will and he is a willing passer who makes quick decisions when he has
the ball. He does need to work on his jumper though but I think that will come
with time.Anyway I hope the Jazz don't feel like they owe
anything to Trey. Exum should be our starting pg at the beginning of the season
and Alec should be the starter at sg.
Exum may be the best player from this draft 5 years from now. His athletic
ability is amazing. At 6'6", he moves like a 5'10" player.
Already has good defensive skills. His shot is not as bad as everyone thinks it
is. No doubt, Hood has the best stroke of any player on the Jazz. He is going
to make an immediate impact when on the floor. If Snyder can bring these
players together and improve them daily, by February, they could be a top 8 team
in the Western Conference. I just wonder if Favors and Hayward will do their
part this year??? Kanter will come back a better player. Not worried about
I still don't get it. There are a lot of excellent athletes - exceptional
ones - out there and they don't get drafted based upon their
"upside". I'm not sure that Exum would make the Lone Peak High
School team. They expect their players to be able to shoot.He plays
out of the country, has one good showing in a post high school tournament and he
is anointed the "next Kobe, but without his shooting skills" to quote a
I agree that Exum is a better point guard than Burke, the thing that impressed
me the most was his ability and willingness to pass the ball, he will make his
teammates better and has much more potential than Burke. That said he struggled
and didn't show the assertiveness I'd hoped he would. He needs to get
in much better shape, no matter how good you are or how much potential you have,
if you are out of shape and can't play hard , you can't play that
well. I hope he gets a lot of playing time with his national team, he needs as
much experience as he can get. I hope he also hits the weight room and gets
stronger, he needs it. As much as I would like to see Exum start I don't
see it happening to start the season, hopefully he will earn the starting job by
the all star break!!
glimpses of excellence was the title and that seems very accurate
@AlpinerSounds like we really need to do some scouting on your Lone
Peak High School. If what you say is true and all the players are better than an
international prospect universally regarded as basketball experts world wide as
potentially one of the best rookies to come into the NBA in a long time, then we
have been overlooking some answers right here in our own backyard. If Exum
couldn't even make that team then the Jazz would be crazy not to sign some
of these players as soon as they are old enough. It could be the basis of an NBA
championship if what you are saying is correct.
@CJMIles Considering your handle I guess one can understand your
lack of understanding."his shot is not as bad as everyone thinks
it is". Uh, what else is there to go on other than his poor shooting
performances? His youtube highlight video? Please. Exums shot has a long ways
to go...that is obvious. The dude is launching major airballs every single game
so far."Top 8 team in the W. Conference"? Wow CJ. That
statement is pure entertainment. There is no team that goes from 25 wins to
49-50 wins. You certainly don't do it by adding two rookies who will
struggle being consistent all year and the team getting even younger than last
year.I seriously doubt the Jazz win 35 games. Who is going to carry
the offense this year? Oh yes, that would be our max player Hayward who shot
41% from the field last season!! Right.You have a serious case of
offensive-woe amnesia.And Kanter? It is still an unknown whether he
and Favors can even coexist. Kanter better play some defense or he should get
benched so Gobert can guard the rim and continue his progression.
We all know Lone Peak basketball is good. But you don't have to be a great
shooter to make it in the NBA (if you are very athletic) you can be taught how
to shoot) but you can't teach Exums athletic ability. And the Jazz did not
draft him abased on the Nike Hoop Summit alone. Exum has been scouted for years.
I agree that Exum will be the future starting point guard on the Jazz. He was
doing things in the summer league that Trey Burke did not do. He has better
court vision and is much quicker and longer. I am very concerned with Trey. This
was the summer league he was supposed to dominate. I feel his upside is very
limited unless he becomes a pass first point guard and becomes a better shooter.
Interesting comments...Exxum has a lot of tools...Reminds me a lot of Hayward in
that both have a lot of tools, but their shooting needs work. I think Exxum will
show a lot better once he finds out what he can not get away with in the NBA
that he got away with playing against 18 year olds...Just like I think Hayward
will show a lot better playing in his normal position in a scheme designed by
Snyder.Both these guys need to be shooting 100-200 jump shots from
behind the arc every day...preferably with someone passing the ball to them to
practice getting the shot off quickly.
I think he's in a good position to really develop his talents. The biggest
thing holding him back right now is that he's not in NBA shape. Most new
player's hit the "rookie wall" just after the All Star break.
He's pretty close already.