Welcome to the latest edition of 2013-14 Utah Jazz By The Numbers. This edition will look at some stats and numbers of the three rookies who saw action with the Jazz: Trey Burke, Rudy Gobert, and Ian Clark. Let’s be honest, this is less painful to think about than numbers related to yesterday’s NBA lottery. Am I right or am I right? As usual, I’ve retrieved most of the stats mentioned here from the Utah Jazz section of Basketball-Reference.
Due to the Jazz having a relatively short history with the NBA Lottery, most Jazz rookies don’t come into the season under the pressure of high expectations from Jazz Nation. In recent memory, Deron Williams and Gordon Hayward are the biggest exceptions to this rule. Or rather, were the biggest exceptions. When Dennis Lindsey worked out a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves to acquire Trey Burke, most Jazz fans, including myself, were excited. He had a rough summer league in
Las Vegas Orlando, but I never put much stock in summer league play. After suffering a broken finger in the preseason, we were more than ready for Trey when he made his debut. While he had some ups and downs, to me, he didn’t disappoint. Now, on to the numbers.
Win shares: 0.9
Percentage of team’s total (21.9) win shares: 4.1
Salary per win share earned: $2,709,733.33
Games missed: 12
Jazz record in those games: a miserable 1-11
Points in Rookie of the Year voting: 96, good for third place
First-place votes in ROY voting: 1 (courtesy of the incomparable Ron Boone)
Games with 10 or more assists: 7 (including a career-high 15 at Golden State on 4/6/14)
Free throws missed for the season: 11 (not bad on 113 attempts)
Assist-to-turnover ratio: 3.02
Points generated by his assists: 892
Percentage of Jazz total points generated by his assists: 11.4
Like Burke, Gobert came to the Jazz via a draft-night trade, with Gobert being drafted by the Denver Nuggets. He came in with the label of a project, which fits him well. He showed enough positive glimpses to make Jazz Nation glad to have him here.
Win Shares: 0.4
Percentage of team’s total (21.9) win shares: 1.8
Salary per win share earned: $2,697,000
Games played: 45
Games with 3 or more blocks: 3 (including a career-high 4 at Milwaukee on 3/3/14 in less than 10 minutes)
Block percentage: 7.4% (this would lead the league if Gobert met the minimum requirement of 1500 minutes played)
Unlike fellow Jazz rookies Burke and Gobert, Ian wasn’t drafted. The Jazz moved quickly to sign him as a free agent following an impressive summer league performance in Las Vegas that saw Clark named the MVP of the championship game. Unfortunately Clark saw even less court time than Gobert. Hopefully we’ll get to see more of him in 2014-15.
Win Shares: -0.1
Salary per win share earned (lost in this case?) $4,901,800
Games played: 23
Three-point field goals: 11
Three-point field goal percentage: 35.5
Career-high, points: 10 (at home vs Golden State on 11/18/13)
Jazz Nation, what are your thoughts on the seasons these rookies had? Who has the brightest future?