SCH Podcast: Gordie Chiesa and Dan Clayton

June 20th, 2014 | by Ben Dowsett
Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

On this week’s Salt City Hoops Podcast, Ben Dowsett hosts in place of Brazil-bound Andy Larsen and is joined in-studio by Clint Johnson. Ben and Clint first talk to Gordie Chiesa, former longtime Jazz assistant under Jerry Sloan currently working under Jacque Vaughn in Orlando, about the tangible impact of coaching and a true insider perspective on it’s most important elements. From there, they’re joined by SCH writer Dan Clayton to discuss next Thursday’s NBA Draft1, the new lottery landscape after news of Joel Embiid’s latest injury, and how the Jazz shake out.

Ben Dowsett

Ben Dowsett

Ben Dowsett is a life-long Jazz fan and general sports fanatic based in Salt Lake City. He also contributes at all-things-basketball site Not Your Father's Water Cooler (, and has made appearances on local talk radio. With a strong background in statistics, he writes primarily as an in-depth strategic analyst. He can be found on Twitter at @Ben_Dowsett.
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  1. Mewko says:

    I liked the comparison of Blake Griffin’s college stats and Julius Randle’s college stats, and Julius Randle’s post game and Paul Millsap’s post game.
    With a little help from the Jazz coaching staff Randle can maybe use his athleticism and physical tools in his post game? Maybe to a stretch be as good as Blake Griffin.

    • Clint Johnson says:

      I think Randle is much closer to Parker as a prospect than commonly considered. The Kentucky product isn’t only statistically very similar to a freshman Blake Griffin, he’s extremely similarly in regard to his measurables as well (Griffin does have a better standing vertical). I don’t think either Parker or Randle will be excellent defenders, but I have more confidence in Randle’s ability to be a solid positional defender. I think he’s a likely star, and someone in this draft will get a steal is he lasts beyond 4-5.

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