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 Saturday Show on the Jazz flagship radio station 97.5 FM / 1280 AM, and manages and edits the team of writers for the site.

The Writers:

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.

Ben Dowsett is a life-long Jazz fan and general sports fanatic based in Salt Lake City.  He also contributes at all-things-basketball site Not Your Father’s Water Cooler (nyfwc.com), and has made appearances on local talk radio.  With a strong background in statistics, he writes primarily as an in-depth strategic analyst.  He can be found on Twitter at @Ben_Dowsett.

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, he is actually a good writer and 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.

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.

Contributors:

Tracy Weissenberg is a writer for SLAM magazine, operating the “Basketballista” blog on slamonline.com, as well as working as an on-air reporter for SLAM TV. She also works for Turner Sports, working in production for various NBA television programs. She’ll be contributing articles about the Jazz and the rest of the NBA for Salt City Hoops. You can find her on Twitter at @Basketballista.

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.

Dakota Schmidt is a Wisconsinite who spends way too much time watching mediocre basketball. Started to love the game as he watched the “Big 3″ era of the Bucks in the early 2000’s but was eventually raised on the teams lead by the likes of Michael Redd, Desmond Mason and Andrew Bogut. Those mediocre teams helped him grow an appreciation for the less than spectacular style of basketball which has lead to different gigs with Queen City Hoops (Bobcats), Ridiculous Upside (D-League) and now Salt City Hoops.

Mario Alejandre works for the federal government by day and combines his two passions, the Utah Jazz and philosophy, at night. Mario writes about the community, history, and sociological perspectives surrounding the Jazz.

Board of Directors:

Spencer Hall (Chairman of the Board), Evan Hall (no relation), Jackson Rudd, Jeff Lind.

Contact the editors at: saltcityhoops@gmail.com