Summer League Recap: Utah Jazz

Mar 1, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz small forward Jeremy Evans (40) goes up for a dunk during the second half against the Charlotte Bobcats at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 98-68. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The Orlando Summer League has come and gone already and the Utah Jazz finished 2-3 after this morning’s defeat to the Indiana Pacers 73-70.  Trey Burke had two threes to take the lead or tie it in the last 6 seconds and missed both.  This was a common theme for the four games that Burke played as he went 1-19 from long distance.

The good news for Trey Burke is he improved every game and looked a lot more comfortable as the week progressed.  Going 13-54 for the week is horrendous, but the good news is his he got space and got his shot off.  His legs looked tired as he hardly ever got any elevation or arch on his shot.  This is something I think fans should overlook 100% though as we know he can shoot from college.  Outside of shooting his rebounding and assists were good to see as he averaged almost 5 rebounds and 4 assists a game.  He should’ve even had more assists, but too many missed layups took 2-4 assists away every game from him.

Rudy Gobert and Raul Neto, the other jazz picks, were both solid surprises.  Gobert’s size is ridiculous and he blocked just about everything and had good hands for a big man.  He also showed that he has some offensive skills as he dribbled and took the ball to the hoop a few times and was successful.  I don’t think I’ll ever know how the Jazz got him at 27.

Raul on the other hand looked poised right from when fiba cleared him to play.  He ran the offense and has a demeanor about him that you can just feel he’ll be a solid player in this league.  In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if Neto has a better career than Burke when it’s all said and done.  I think both him and Burke will be starters one day which means the Jazz might have a tough choice down the road.

Other bright spots from the team were Chris Roberts, who led the team in scoring at over 15 a game and also had 2.7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1.5 steals.  Dionte Christmas also played very well averaging just over 8 a game, but hustling to a point where he stood out to the coaches.  Sidney Lowe said the guys that impressed the Jazz the most were Chris Roberts, Dionte Christmas, Tony Gafney and James Mays.

Alec Burks, Jeremy Evans and Jerel McNeal also played very well and showed why they already have contracts from the Jazz.  Alec’s shot stood out to me as it looked a lot more natural.  Jeremy Evans also looks like he is ready to take on a bigger reserve role behind Derrick Favors.  Jerel has a team option this year that has yet to be picked up.

Topics: Orlando Summer League, Utah Jazz

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