Comments on: Dante Exum and Utah’s Guard Rotation http://saltcityhoops.com/dante-exum-and-utahs-guard-rotation/ The ESPN TrueHoop Utah Jazz Site Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:04:08 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Clint Johnson http://saltcityhoops.com/dante-exum-and-utahs-guard-rotation/#comment-94499 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 03:43:28 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12083#comment-94499 Derrick Favors will have recurring nightmares of a Burke/Exum backcourt as soon as they’ve played five minutes together. That said, I think your assessment is correct. I do have a question for you, though: How do you see this Jazz team using the pick and roll?

Exum is fantastic at beating his man in isolation, but I’m not sure footage exists of him using a screen. From what I’ve seen (everything I know of that is publicly available), he either drives away from the screen, walks passed the screen and waits for an iso to develop or defenders to trap, or shoots a three while the screen is set. He may be the only player on the planet who utilizes screens less efficiently than Alec Burks. Add in the well-documented foibles Hayward had in pick and roll situations last season and that leaves the Burke/Favors combo as the only real P&R tandem. Wouldn’t that be a problem, having so many versatile wings but only one capable of making use of Favors’ dynamism in the pick and roll?

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By: David http://saltcityhoops.com/dante-exum-and-utahs-guard-rotation/#comment-94498 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 23:15:38 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12083#comment-94498 Very exciting future indeed. I am pretty worried about losing some key pieces (Kanter, Burks, Evans, etc) to our team though. It may be best to shop some of them for different pieces but I don’t like changes! :)

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By: Ben Dowsett http://saltcityhoops.com/dante-exum-and-utahs-guard-rotation/#comment-94497 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:36:29 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12083#comment-94497 He has the physical qualities to be at least an average defender or better at some point in his career, but there are multiple initial concerns for his rookie season. He’s spent basically all of his basketball life thus far as nothing but a glorified DH on defense, and detailed scouting reports from those who saw him live were extremely critical of his effort level and stance/positioning. Some of this is obviously likely to change at the NBA level, but there’s also the far more important issue of his adjustment to NBA speed and especially strength, which as I mentioned in the piece will be several levels beyond anything he’s seen. Fighting through picks and learning off-ball schemes at the NBA level will be very tough for him initially, and he just won’t have the savvy right away to handle crafty points who can match his speed. All of these are areas that could improve to varying degrees given his skill set, but it’s nearly a lock that he’ll have trouble with them initially. This isn’t a knock, either, as it’s a very common thing for his type of prospect. If he develops as expected it’ll be well worth the wait.

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By: Mewko http://saltcityhoops.com/dante-exum-and-utahs-guard-rotation/#comment-94496 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:00:28 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12083#comment-94496 Nice article. So why do you think Exum will be a defensive liability at first? Yes, he does have to get used to strong 2 guards bumping him out of the way, Exum is skinny.
I think he will have quick hands that get him steals, Michael Carter-Williams is 185 pounds, Exum is 200 pounds. MCW did fine on defense, and was 7th in the league for steals per game.

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