May 2, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob (left) talks with shooting guard Brandon Rush (4, right) before game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Rush: Welcome to Utah

Oct 19, 2012; Portland, OR, USA;Golden State Warriors shooting guard Brandon Rush (4) dunks the ball on Portland Trail Blazers power forward Joel Freeland (19) in the first quarter of the game at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-US

The Jazz traded away Randy Foye last week and brought in Brandon Rush to replace him.  This is one of the three guys the Jazz traded for that I’m sure they want to look at long term.  Brandon is a 6’6″ 210 pound shooting guard from Missouri.  He played his college ball at Kansas and was drafted 13th in 2008 to Portland.  He was immediately traded to the Pacers where he played 3 years averaging 27 minutes a game and 9 points and 4 rebounds.

His greatest strengths are his defense and 3-point shooting.  For his career he is a 41.3% 3-point shooter and also shoots 44% from the field and 72% from the line.  He was the only player in the NBA 2011-12 season to shoot over 50% from the field and 45% from 3’s.  The decision to give Rush a shot rather than resigning Foye was solely based on his defensive ability.  He will be able to help Alec out a lot when it comes to off the ball defense and man-to-man defense.

Even though most fans want to see the young guys play, Brandon Rush actually could make the most sense starting over any of the young guys.  I love Burks and want to see what he can really do with the time but also Rush is a very solid player.  His best year was the year before his season ending injury last year in the 2nd game.  He started breaking out and if the healing went well then Brandon could be a huge contributor for the Jazz this year and years to come.

He is very talented and good size that will allow him to be the best shooting guard the Jazz have had since Jeff Hornacek.  All of that depends on his injury though as he will get his first playing time in a year this upcoming season.  B Rush welcome to Utah!  Jazz fans should be very optimistic about this guy being great value to go along with the Core 5 and others.  Check out these highlights from his career..



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