5:00 pm. EST on October 28th signifies the deadline for final Opening Day rosters for the 30 NBA franchises. Each passing day, teams are trimming their ranks. Some teams may have already whittled their rosters down and are focusing on rotations, offensive and defensive schemes, and so forth. While veterans are using this time to prepare for the upcoming season, the training camp hopefuls are on pins and needles, waiting to discover their fates. You can only imagine what they might be experiencing as they pursue either one more year in the NBA or their first crack at their dreams
The Utah Jazz still have 19 players suiting up and a lot of questions linger. How are the camp free agents faring? Who has the best chances of sticking? Will the Jazz look elsewhere to fill out the roster? With injuries, will Utah open the year with the maximum 15 players? With just two preseason games remaining, these decisions could come any minute.
First, let’s take a quick look at how each bubble guy is doing.
Ian Clark, guard: 4.6 ppg, 45.5% FGs, 16.7% 3s (1-6), 0.8 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.8 spg in 11.8 mpg
The rookie guard out of Belmont has been solid, but unspectacular. He has had his moments offensively (did well in the fourth quarter of the tilt with the Lakers) and gives a good effort on defense. Many wanted to know if he could handle spot minutes at point guard, and while it’s preseason, it doesn’t appear that he’s capable yet. He’s had some difficulties getting his shots off, but when he has, he’s connecting a decent clip. He is guaranteed $200,000, so that may give him the edge over others. That said, his job may not be 100% secure just yet.