About

Salt City Hoops is the Utah Jazz affiliate in the ESPN TrueHoop Network.

Founder Spencer Hall has covered the NBA, Team USA and NBA D-League since 2007 and launched Salt City Hoops as a member of the inaugural launch of the ESPN TrueHoop Network in 2009. Besides contributing regularly to the NBA coverage on ESPN.com, Spencer previously hosted a weekly radio show on the flagship station for the Jazz, 97.5 FM / 1280 AM The Zone, broadcasting from the studios at the arena and hosted post-game chats for the Salt Lake Tribune. Spencer is the news director at KSL.com and posts on Twitter and Instagram using the @saltcityhoops handle.

Managing Editor Andy Larsen runs the day-to-day operations of Salt City Hoops. With a mathematics degree from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Andy generally covers the Jazz from an analytic perspective. He has previously written for SB Nation’s SLC Dunk and the Jazz’s own UtahJazz360.com site. Andy co-hosts the weekly Salt City Hoops Show on the local ESPN radio station ESPN700, and manages and edits the team of writers for the site.

Associate Editor Dan Clayton spent more than 10 years covering the Jazz for a variety of Spanish-language media outlets, including 4 years as the Spanish language radio analyst for the team’s broadcasts on 1600 AM. Dan had to hang up his microphone for a career opportunity in New York City, but remains a part of the online community analyzing all things Jazz. You can expect his posts on Thursdays and can find him the rest of the week at @danclayt0n.

The Writers:

Besides writing for Salt City Hoops, David J. Smith contributes to the Deseret News Utah Jazz coverage (instant analysis articles), WeAreUtahJazz.com and UtahJazz360.com and used to cover the Jazz for Hoopsworld.com. He graduated from BYU and works for LDS Philanthropies. His wife, Elizabeth, is the most patient person in the world and they have four amazing children; Kadence, Tayah, Stockton (yes, really), and Cambria. David’s writing will appear on Salt City Hoops on Wednesdays. You can find him on Twitter at @DavidJSmith1232.

Denim Millward previously wrote about the Jazz and the NBA for Bleacher Report. Despite this, we promise we will eschew the slideshow format on this site. He also contributes to The Color Commentator Magazine and, strangely, likes wrestling. He writes every Tuesday for SCH and you can find him on Twitter at @DenimMillward.

Laura Thompson is a long-time Jazz fan writing from California. She graduated from BYU in 2008 and has worked in marketing, writing, and proofreading positions ever since. She’s been a radio guest on sports radio and tweets her thoughts at @hoopslaureate. She’ll be posting on Tuesdays.

Spencer Wixom graduated from the University of Utah and works in commercial real estate.  Since the first time he saw Stockton dish to Malone, Spencer has had a passion for the Utah Jazz and the NBA.  When he isn’t writing about the Jazz, Spencer spends time with his daughter and cheers for the Seattle Seahawks. Find Spencer on Twitter at @JazzJargon

Aaron Hefner, a maniacal Jazz addict, currently resides in Austin, Texas. He is a recent BYU business grad and a current supply chain project manager. When not working, he enjoys quality time with his pregnant wife and his daughter. Aaron writes about the Jazz to avoid annoying his family and coworkers with NBA propaganda.

Jimbo Rudding, by virtue of being recently featured in the Deseret News, is now the world’s most famous Utah-based basketball mailbag artist. Interested in submitting a question to Jimbo’s mailbag? Email it to Jimbo at mailbag@saltcityhoops.com or tweet @JimboRudding to appear.

Scott Stevens, another Jazz fan living in California, works as an advertising copywriter in Lakerland, an experience he wrote about on his blog here. He was selected as one of the “Jazz Rowdies” during that short campaign and once appeared on the Jumbotron 11 times in 2 playoff games. He’s inordinately proud of these achievements. You can expect his writing on Fridays.

Clint Johnson is a professional author, writing educator, and editor. In addition to his writing center work at Salt Lake Community College, he designed, coordinates, and teaches in an experimental author residency program for a West Valley City public charter school. A frequent presenter at both writing and educational conferences, he writes about the Jazz as a break from his other writing work.

When he isn’t writing about the Jazz, Matt Pacenza is an environmental activist, Arsenal fan and world-class blowhard about many matters. A native of upstate New York, with a background in journalism and nonprofits, Matt lives near Liberty Park with his wife and two sons.

Clark Schmutz is a Jazz fan living in North Carolina who has been blogging about the Jazz for 8 years. Just like with religion, politics and good deals on the internet, Clark likes to talk NBA basketball to find more truth and learning. Find him on twitter @clarkpojo.

Julia Mecham is a lifelong Jazz fan who, after not making the NBA herself, became a guitar teacher. She also moonlights as a wedding singer, but often risks her profession by cheering too loudly for the Jazz. You can follow her internet voice on Twitter @Julia_Mecham.

 

Contact the editors at: saltcityhoops@gmail.com