Rudy Gobert,without question, was the most impressive Jazzman in this
year's summer league. I thought Exum showed flashes particularly with his
acceleration, court vision and that little floater, but he really is raw:
can't shoot a lick. Rodney Hood was as I saw him all last year at Duke,
C.J. Miles redux. It is going to be another long year with a lot of
losing. For sure, we'll be in the lottery again in 2015.
I think the most improvement we will see this coming year will be in Favors and
Kanter, they got their first real opportunity to be starters and have the team
go to them alot and they struggled but also they learned and I think they will
use the summer to work on the things they learned and come back able to do
better at the things they struggled at. I also think Quinn Synder's style
of play will help this team and it should be a fun/interesting year. Exum showed
flashes of what he can do but he has alot of work to do, he is much better when
he plays at the point vs playing at the 2, I hope he gets most of his time at
the 1. Gobert should get more time and he can really help with his ability to
change the game defensively.
Gobert is showing he is now ready for some meaningful minutes backing up Derrick
Favors. Against the right lineup, he may even start at center with Favors next
to him at PF, but Favors will be the Jazz #1 center this year. Gobert is
stronger and more confident offensively this year. Exum definitely needs to get
in better cardiovascular shape...the upcoming World play should take care of
that (let's see how Raul Neto does in the tourney, too). There is no rush
for Exum to become a solid jump shooter. It will come, and we are lucky to watch
him develop as a super-athletic rookie now. I see him starting at PG sometime
this year, but let's see how it all works out. I like Trey's gritty
and determined play too..both players are good for the team. I hope Malcolm
Thomas makes the team...he is stronger than Jeremy Evans and seems to have a
good feel for spacing, defense, and little jumpers.
@doc33I agree it will be another year with many losses and a trip back to
the lottery. But for me it's not a "long year" as that would imply
boredom and hard to watch. I really enjoy watching the games especially when you
see young guys getting better. I've liked the improvement in Burke, Burks,
Favors, and even Kanter shows signs. I'm hoping to see Hayward improve this
year under Snyder hopefully because frankly it has been hard watching him
struggle. The Western Conference is a tough place to go through a rebuilding
campaign because of all the great teams but I still believe in the steps we are
taking and just encourage fans to be patient for a few years. Hopefully Hood
and Exum will flourish as they get playing time and adapt to the athletes they
will be playing against. I also hope Snyder will work with Gobert and Evans and
give them time to develop and get better.
The kid is a point guard, pure and simple. He handles well and gets people
moving. The team was better when he was running the game-and the whole movement
of the team was better than when Ian was running the point. I say groom him
behind Trey Burke for two seasons and he will become something. Try to fashion
him into your two guard and who knows what might or might not happen. He is
raw, there's no question about it. I have no idea whether he can shoot it
or not, although I'm fairly certain he will be able to score the ball as he
has a wonderful first step and is fearless going to the hoop. Like Trey last
season, he has trouble fighting through screens on defense, but Trey is better
in this area and I believe Dante will grow too. He--in an AK47 way--makes little
things happen on the defensive side.
@doc33 I agree that Gobert looked very good on both ends of the
floor. He's also much quicker in transition than most players of his size.
He'll see a lot of minutes this coming year. My reaction to
Exum is pretty close to yours as well. Whatever private workouts he's been
doing the last year didn't seem to have much of a cardio component to them.
He was pretty winded for someone 19 years old. He needs to get on the old
exercise bike and get in shape.I think Rodney Hood played like CJ
Miles after CJ had been in the league for seven years. I suspect Rodney will be
much better than that by the end of this next year.I thought
everyone played much better defense that last year's starters. Certainly
moved the ball much better than what we saw last year. Looks like a whole new
style of play. Looking forward to the season.