Jun 27, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA) poses with NBA commissioner David Stern after being selected as the number fourteen overall pick to the Utah Jazz during the 2013 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz: The Numbers Game

It’s becoming very prevalent in today’s sports world to use analytics with just about everything.  Just for fun here is what the team should average scoring wise if the minutes were distributed as follows:

Trey Burke: (30) 12.2 points, 6.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds

Alec Burks: (30) 10.7 points, 2.7 assists, 3.8 rebounds

Gordon Hayward:(36) 17.4 points, 3.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds

Derrick Favors: (36) 14.6 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.6 blocks

Enes Kanter: (30) 14.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1 block

Brandon Rush: (30) 14.1 points, 1.2 rebound, 2.4 assists

Rudy Gobert: (12) 2.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1 block

Jeremy Evans: (12) 4.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, .7 blocks

Andris Biedrins: (6) .4 points, 1.8 rebounds, .5 blocks

John Lucas III: (18) 7.2 points, 2.3 assists, 1.2 rebounds

Marvin Williams: No Playing Time

Richard Jefferson: No Playing Time

If we add up the averages per minute played the Jazz offense will average 97.3 points a game which if it was last season would place them just below last years team which averaged 98 points per game or 16th in the NBA.  Not bad for a team of young guys.  The difference obviously will be if these guys can still put up those numbers being the main target that defending teams centralize on.  Just by watching the Jazz the past few years and mainly last year I believe Kanter and Burks will post better numbers than what their averages are solely because they should play bigger roles this year when they are on the floor.

The other thing to note is that this team is much much much better than last years team at defense.  If these things hold true then we might witness a better season than last year which definitely takes the Jazz out of the running for Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker.  Just something fun to think about over the next few months as we get ready for preseason and training camp.


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