Dante Exum vs. Marcus Smart, and Player Grades for Jazz – Celtics 1/26/15
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Dante Exum vs. Marcus Smart, and Player Grades for Jazz – Celtics 1/26/15

January 26th, 2015 | by Ben Dowsett
As we’re constantly reminded, process and experience is the name of the game for Dante Exum right now, and he got a stern reminder of that tonight in Utah’s loss to Boston. In one of his toughest professional games...
Derrick Favors’ Big Leap
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Derrick Favors’ Big Leap

January 26th, 2015 | by Ben Dowsett
While hardly anonymous to locals and those with a keen eye, Derrick Favors continues to impress in a way that feels somehow underappreciated. In a very broad sense, Favors just looks exponentially more comfortable in his own body...
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Ingles, Exum, and Grades for Nets @ Jazz 1/24/15
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Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Ingles, Exum, and Grades for Nets @ Jazz 1/24/15

January 24th, 2015 | by Ben Dowsett
Any major relocation or culture change will require an adjustment phase, even for professional basketball players. For rookies Joe Ingles and Dante Exum, both hailing from Down Under, this process has been evident to the naked...
Has Dante Exum Hit a Rookie Wall?
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Has Dante Exum Hit a Rookie Wall?

January 19th, 2015 | by Ben Dowsett
In a broad sense, there was perhaps no better candidate for a collision with a rookie wall than Dante Exum. Unlike the majority of his peers in the 2014 Draft class who either attended a Division I college program or played a...
Utah’s Team-Wide Defensive Progression
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Utah’s Team-Wide Defensive Progression

January 12th, 2015 | by Ben Dowsett
Despite losses in their last two games to tough Western contenders over the weekend, the last several weeks have been an enormously positive stretch for this Jazz team. They’ve gone 7-6 starting with a victory over the Heat...
The Triple Team: Three Thoughts on Jazz at Thunder 1/9/2015
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The Triple Team: Three Thoughts on Jazz at Thunder 1/9/2015

January 9th, 2015 | by Ben Dowsett
1. Utah’s dominoes are beginning to fall into place. The Jazz had a rough go of it down the stretch tonight in a tough building versus a desperate team, but once again hung with (and outplayed for periods) a presumed contender....
Evaluating Trey Burke’s Development
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Evaluating Trey Burke’s Development

January 6th, 2015 | by Ben Dowsett
Easily the most divisive, hot-button member of Utah’s roster this season has been second year point guard Trey Burke. He had an unusual rookie campaign that saw him buck certain negative first-year historical trends, but...
Lessons for Rudy Gobert, Grades for the Jazz
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Lessons for Rudy Gobert, Grades for the Jazz

January 5th, 2015 | by Ben Dowsett
Rudy Gobert is learning new NBA lessons by the day, and tonight’s tough home loss to the Indiana Pacers was yet another on a long list. Matched up with Roy Hibbert, perhaps the most elite among a category of top rim...
Just How Vital is Gordon Hayward?
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Just How Vital is Gordon Hayward?

December 29th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
It’s no secret to any frequent observer that Gordon Hayward has been among Utah’s most pleasant bright spots in another developing season. Shouts of “overpay” at his matched extension in the summer have subsided in short...
The Jazz’s Options With Enes Kanter
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The Jazz’s Options With Enes Kanter

December 22nd, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
The Jazz have a 6’11, gregarious, occasionally Santa-themed, oft-bearded Turkish elephant in the living room as they play out another rebuilding season. Just as with burgeoning star Gordon Hayward last year, Utah faces the...