Who is Brock Motum?

July 31st, 2014 | by David J Smith
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Lintao Zhang/Getty Images AsiaPac

When the Utah Jazz summer league roster was made public, most people scanned right past Brock Motum’s name, focusing naturally on the returning players and recent draftees. A month later, people are much more familiar with the Australian forward.

Motum was very solid in Las Vegas, averaging 8.0 PPG (62.1 percent from the field), 4.6 RPG and 1.6 APG in 17.2 MPG (16.7, 9.6 and 3.3 per 36 minutes1). Against the Milwaukee Bucks, he posted 16 points and six rebounds and two games later, he added 14 and 8. Motum hustled, functioned well within the system2, made the right basketball plays and showed a penchant for making the extra pass–something that is clearly a focus for Utah Jazz basketball going forward. Motum showed solid athleticism and played with poise.

Motum’s efforts not only caught the eyes of the fanbase, but apparently the front office and coaching staff. Motum’s reportedly accepted the invitation to participate in Utah’s training camp this fall. This interview gives some insights into Motum’s experience at summer league.

So, who is Brock Motum? Hailing from Brisbane, the 6’10”, 245 lb forward’s life has been centered around basketball. He trained for two years at the Australian Institute of Sport, which has seen many other future NBA hoopsters grace its courts 3. Motum then went on to play four years for Washington State, displaying improvement each season. While his senior campaign was impressive (18.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg), his junior year was even better when glancing at the advanced stats (25.3 PER, .626 TS%, 4.7 WS).

Despite a solid collegiate career, Motum went unclaimed in the 2013 NBA Draft. After suiting up for the Philadelphia 76ers in summer league, he signed a two-year deal with Granarolo Bologna in Italy. Reports indicate he has an contractual out if an opportunity in the NBA arises. He also joins Dante Exum as a member of Airbnb Australian Boomers Team that will represent at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. His familiarity with Utah’s prized rookie would help should Motum make the Jazz roster.

With the recent trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers that jettisoned forwards Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy and guard John Lucas III back east, Motum’s chances improved a bit. While all three were non-guaranteed deals, Thomas and Murphy still signified front court competition for Motum. Utah is clearly stacked with Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Rudy Gobert, Trevor Booker, Steve Novak and Jeremy Evans, so it will be tough. But Motum’s camp can take solace in the fact that Utah had seven bigs in tow for most of the season 4.

Besides Gordon Hayward and Exum, Jazz fans should keep an eye on Motum during this international tournament. Likewise, he’ll be one to also watch come October’s training camp.

David J Smith

David J Smith

Besides writing for Salt City Hoops, David contributes to the Utah Jazz coverage for the Deseret News (instant analysis articles), WeAreUtahJazz.com, UtahJazz360.com and previously for Hoopsworld.com. He graduated from BYU and works for LDS Philanthropies. His wife, Elizabeth, is the most patient person in the world and they have four amazing children; Kadence, Tayah, Stockton (yes, really), and Cambria.
David J Smith
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5 Comments

  1. LKA says:

    As always nice article David. I like this kid. He seemed to husstle and be in the right place at the right time. David do you know if they still have the rule or whatever if a player signs for fall camp and gets cut they have top priority to sign with that teams d-league team.. I think he will be somewhere in the NBA this year..

    • David J Smith says:

      As always, thank you LKA! I believe you are correct; I think the Spurs have done that a few times (invited a guy to camp only to cut him and have him play D-League ball with their affiliate).

    • Shane Froling says:

      This kid has always been under valued and every where he goes he ends up being a 100% contributor and shows most people up Extremely easy to coach, can bring the ball up the floor, lefty who can stick the 3 and can dunk on someone in a second. This kid will work his butt off for whoever he plays for, his original coach left Washington State when he signed and he honoured his agreement to stay there when he could have moved on. Ask them how happy they were to have him.He consistently represents his country and has cleaned up in National titles in Oz. As an Aussie who has had the honour to coach him I am thrilled to see him get this chance and you could not pick a better player person than this Utah and he will do whatever it takes.

      • David J Smith says:

        Coach Froling, Thank you so much for sharing your unique insights and thoughts. All you said was evident just in the brief summer league. I too think he would add a lot to the Utah Jazz and could be a player who could contribute off the bench and grow with this young core.

  2. Clint Johnson says:

    I really liked this guy in summer league. He brings a lot to the table for a round-out-the-roster player. He hit some jumpers, has surprisingly good court vision, plays hard, and is FAR more athletic than he looks. Most of all, he impacted games while on the court. I don’t think he’ll make the Jazz’s roster because of the young depth you mention, David, but he should be on a team next season. I think he can even contribute in spot minutes by doing what a team needs, he looked that versatile.

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