Preseason Game 2: Jazz 97 – Thunder 81

October 13th, 2012 | by Spencer Hall

Oklahoma City Thunder 81 Final
Recap | Box Score
97 Utah Jazz
Marvin Williams, F 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +13

A nice, if unremarkable showing in his home debut.

Gordon Hayward, F 21 MIN | 3-10 FG | 7-8 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +12

Poor shooting again from Hayward, but it’s clear

Derrick Favors, F 18 MIN | 0-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | +5

Favors posted his second straight disappearing act. One possible explanation for Favors’ struggles? Maybe his confidence has been shot by seeing Enes’ abs every day in the locker room.

Al Jefferson, C 21 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +12

Jefferson looks much quicker on his feet than I’ve ever seen. His strong baseline dunk was a beautiful change from the man who once said dunking wasn’t his game.

Mo Williams, G 23 MIN | 6-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | +13

A nice little showing in Mo’s home return.

Jeremy Evans, F 16 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -5

It’s hard to come up with a scenario that opens up more playing time for Evans. In the meantime, he’s going to have to take advantage of the lobs and out-of-bounds set plays that give him chances to use his freaky athleticism.

Enes Kanter, C 18 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +8

The nasty baseline dunk shown above was all I needed to see to finally go all-in on the new Kanter Era. He’s still awkward at times, but he gobbles up rebounds and plays with infectious energy. He’s also showing off some new range with that little 15-ft jumper. I like what I’m seeing from Kanter.

Alec Burks, G 18 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3-7 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +7

It looks like Burks and Randy Foye will probably share a lot of time at the backup point guard spot. Burks makes things happen whenever he’s on the floor, so it’ll be interesting to see how the coaches find time for him to shine.

Spencer Hall
Founder Spencer Hall has covered the NBA, Team USA and NBA D-League since 2007 and launched Salt City Hoops in 2009. Spencer is now the news director at KSL.com
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