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“Utah Jazz Basketball”: A Look At Assisted Field Goal %

October 16th, 2013 | by David J Smith
We often hear, when the Jazz win, that the team won by playing “Utah Jazz basketball.” For me, that has always connoted heart, hustle, tough defense, smart offense, and above all, teamwork. When you think about the...
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Response to Readers: Hayward and Kanter’s Offense

September 23rd, 2013 | by Clint Johnson
We at Salt City Hoops aim to please, and that includes responding to comments and requests, such as these to my September 9th post projecting Hayward and Favors as primary offensive options this season. Casey said: I’d be...
One Thing Every Jazz Player Can Improve On For The 2013-14 Season
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One Thing Every Jazz Player Can Improve On For The 2013-14 Season

September 10th, 2013 | by Andy Larsen
We’re now only a month away before the training camp begins: Media day is Sept. 30 and training camp begins shortly after — with the first preseason game taking place on Oct. 8. As a result, the time for players to...
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Can Hayward or Favors be Utah’s First Options?

September 9th, 2013 | by Clint Johnson
In an attempt to score, every team has a Plan A. Last season’s Plan A was Al Jefferson on the block.  Big Al’s execution of that plan earned frequent complaint from Jazz fans.  He was too slow, too finesse, too...
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Analytics Wish List

September 5th, 2013 | by Dan Clayton
September is a funny time of year for basketball geeks whose interest in other sports ranges between “casual” and “yawn.” For true basketheads, all you can really do in September is a) watch EuroBasket and...
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Predicting the Pace for the New-Era Utah Jazz

August 1st, 2013 | by Dan Clayton
The question of what’s next for the Jazz has been a big one this summer and it has been asked dozens of different ways. But one that hasn’t been asked is what the Jazz’s new modus operandi will be with regard to...
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Looking at Best PGs in a Draft: Where Does Trey Burke Fit?

July 20th, 2013 | by Clint Johnson
Hope soared among fans when the Utah Jazz traded up to procure Trey Burke in the 2013 draft, perhaps higher than at any time since the Stockton and Malone era.  Even the drafting of Deron Williams failed to achieve such...
Post Mortem For an Era
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Post Mortem For an Era

July 15th, 2013 | by Dan Clayton
  I began my eulogy of a passing era of Jazz basketball before it was officially over. Last month, I shared a look at jump-shooting trends that defined recent Jazz basketball, and now that nearly every veteran free agent of...
Historical look at point guard height as a predictor for NBA success
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Historical look at point guard height as a predictor for NBA success

July 11th, 2013 | by Clint Johnson
Trey Burke has had a rough welcome to the NBA in his first three Summer League games in Orlando: shooting just 9 of 41.  He’s struggled finishing inside and had problems getting the same separation for jump shots he...
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Looking at NBA Prospect Comparables

June 24th, 2013 | by Andy Larsen
One time-honored tradition of this time of year is the comparison of NBA draft prospects to current NBA players, and it’s easy to understand why. In order to make things simpler on ourselves, we simply substitute an NBA...