My First Favorite Player: Jeff Hornacek
Retro Jazz
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My First Favorite Player: Jeff Hornacek

September 1st, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
Last week, I re-watched the 1998 Finals between Utah and Michael Jordan’s Bulls for what was the first complete time since my childhood, and “live-blogged” the retro experience, if you will. It was a fun exercise, both as a...
My First Basketball Memory: 1998 NBA Finals
Retro Jazz
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My First Basketball Memory: 1998 NBA Finals

August 25th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
My family moved from North Andover, Massachusetts (suburb north of Boston) to Salt Lake City in August, 1997. Up to that point in my nine-year-old life, I was mostly a hockey kid, with my dad (thankfully) filtering my rooting...
TeamSPACE and the Jazz’s “Core Five”
Analytics
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TeamSPACE and the Jazz’s “Core Five”

August 15th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
Earlier in the week, I spent some time breaking down last year’s Jazz starting (and most-used) lineup using shooting data expertly compiled by Matt D’Anna of Nylon Calculus – how the five-man unit as a whole as well as...
TeamSPACE and the 13-14 Jazz, Part 1
Analytics
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TeamSPACE and the 13-14 Jazz, Part 1

August 11th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
The NBA may take the summer off, particularly the typically dead month of August, but nerdiness has no “season”, so neither do I. Last week I used this space to look at some contextualized elements of last season for the Jazz...
Jazz 2013-14 SportVU Snapshot
Analytics
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Jazz 2013-14 SportVU Snapshot

August 1st, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
As I mentioned in my piece last week, I’m lucky enough to count myself a writer for Nylon Calculus, the new analytics arm of Hardwood Paroxysm (under the Sports Illustrated/Fansided banner). Several of my colleagues are...
Examining Utah Jazz Shot Charts
Analytics
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Examining Utah Jazz Shot Charts

July 25th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
In today’s media-savvy basketball world, there are a number of methods available to analysts like myself to evaluate players, teams, lineups and everything in between. As part of our natural human tendency, in many cases we...
Scouting Report: Rodney Hood
Rodney Hood
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Scouting Report: Rodney Hood

July 18th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
With a number of large developments surrounding the team over the summer thus far, there’s been a palpable sense of excitement among Jazz fans and media alike. A young, energetic coach has been hired in Quin Snyder, lottery...
Should Hayward Get a Max If He’s Not The First Option?
Free Agency
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Should Hayward Get a Max If He’s Not The First Option?

July 11th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
Well, it’s been an interesting couple days in Jazzland to say the least. Tuesday appeared to be coming to a close as one of the slowest and least newsworthy days thus far in the offseason until Charlotte beat man Rick Bonnell...
Should Utah Extend Alec Burks?
Alec Burks
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Should Utah Extend Alec Burks?

July 4th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
Free agency is a complex game of give-and-take. Offer too much or too soon, and you’ve spent your way out of potential assets whose situations become clearer in later days. On the flip side, too much patience puts you at risk...
Dante Exum and Utah’s Guard Rotation
Dante Exum
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Dante Exum and Utah’s Guard Rotation

July 2nd, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
Given the fast-paced nature of the silly season, it already seems to feel like last week’s Draft took place ages ago. Dante Exum and Rodney Hood have arrived in Salt Lake City and given their first sound bites to local media,...