Player News - Jazz

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Trevor Booker has been working on his corner 3-point shooting this summer.

"Being a threat from the perimeter is big for me this season," Booker said. Jazz coach Quin Snyder wants his big men to spread the court but Booker is unlikely to spend much time outside the arc -- he attempted zero corner 3-pointers last year and was a combined 38.2 percent from beyond eight feet.
Sep 16 - 3:01 PM

Dominic McGuire is hopeful that a stint in Israel will help him return to the NBA.

McGuire filled up the stat sheet by putting up 11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals in his debut with Hapoel Eilat during a preseason tournament on Tuesday. The 28-year-old hasn't had much success in the NBA, but is still holding out hope for a return. "I'm definitely trying to get back into the NBA. I'm not done with that. I came to Israel to see how [life and basketball] is overseas, but the goal is to get back to the league. I have a guaranteed contract with no outs, so I'm gonna stay here for the year and hope for the best," McGuire said.
Source: EuroBasket
Sep 16 - 10:52 AM

Derrick Favors is expected to start at center for new head coach Quin Snyder, according to Jazz writer Tony Jones.

Enes Kanter played almost all of his minutes as a C under former coach Ty Corbin last year, but we should see a new-look Jazz frontcourt with Snyder at the helm. Favors has focused this summer on losing weight, expanding his shooting range and improving his back-to-the basket post moves. He's expected to spend more time in pick-and-rolls this year, which is good news since he was one of the most efficient roll-men off screens last season.
Sep 14 - 3:53 PM

Gordon Hayward said that he's made "a conscious effort this summer to bulk up a bit."

"They obviously have me do a lot of strengthening because I’ve gotten a lot stronger, but we also do a lot of mobility, flexibility and stability work," he said. "I’m just a lot stronger and when I drive to the hole, I’m able to kind of brush people off me and that makes me a lot better." Hayward relied overwhelmingly on his jumper last year, but he made 73.8 percent of his driving layups, so anything that encourages him to attack the paint is a bonus for fantasy owners.
Sep 14 - 3:31 PM

Rudy Gobert made 72.7 percent of his attempts from the field at the FIBA World Cup.

He played well over a few games with the win over Spain as the headliner, but he was in foul trouble in the bronze medal game on Saturday and had 6.3 fouls per 36 minutes over the whole tournament. Foul trouble has been a major problem for Gobert, but he kept those issues in check at Las Vegas Summer League. He's done a terrific job rebounding the ball all summer and will have a chance for minutes with the Jazz this season. Fantasy owners in standard leagues still can't draft him due to his horrible free throw shooting.
Sep 14 - 9:37 AM

General manager Dennis Lindsey said that this season is the "second stage" for Derrick Favors.

"We’ve had patience with him and he’s had a natural progression," Lindsey said. "With Derrick, nobody can accuse the Jazz of skipping steps." Favors ripped it up in the 2013 preseason, but he never really got it going and he'll carry some risk to go with the elusive upside that he has yet to tap into.
Sep 14 - 9:26 AM

Rudy Gobert didn't do much as France was upset by Serbia, scoring four points, to go along with five rebounds, two blocks, and a steal.

Gobert is going to be fighting for minutes behind Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors, and with those guys healthy, he's not going to be worth owning in standard leagues.
Sep 12 - 6:21 PM

Rudy Gobert said his performance during Wednesday's FIBA World Cup of Basketball win over Spain was the "best game of his life."

Gobert pulled in a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with five points, one steal, and one block as Les Bleus moved on to face Serbia in Friday's semi-final. The 7'2" 22-year-old has some development ahead of him before he can help fantasy owners, but he's only an Enes Kanter or Derrick Favors injury away from seeing an increase in minutes that could lead to deep league value.
Sep 11 - 11:04 AM

Rudy Gobert grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds in France's win over Spain in the FIBA World Cup.

Gobert added five points, one block, and one steal to his stat line as well. He flashed the potential that has made him a developmental project with the Utah Jazz, challenging shots at the rim and crashing the boards. He is still a raw prospect, but if Enes Kanter has another bad year for Utah, perhaps those minutes will go to Gobert this season.
Sep 10 - 5:48 PM

FIBA is opening an investigation to determine if Australia purposefully lost a World Cup game in order to avoid playing against Team USA.

FIBA has stated that "it is widely suspected that Australia lost" their game vs. Angola on purpose, and that their "on-court behavior... generated huge disappointment by basketball fans and experts." The blowing of their game vs. Angola was done so that they wouldn't have to face Team USA until the semifinals, however the strategy did not work as Australia was later eliminated by Slovenia. FIBA is allowing Australia to "state their case" before deciding on possible disciplinary sanctions.
Sep 8 - 5:09 PM

Raul Neto scored 21 points on 9-of-10 from the field vs. Argentina during Brazil's win on Sunday.

He added two assists, one rebound and one steal in 25 minutes. Neto signed with Club Baloncesto UCAM this summer, which is too bad for the Jazz because he may be the best point guard under their control right now. Dante Exum is a major project while Trey Burke struggled mightily in his rookie season.
Sep 8 - 12:29 PM

An Eastern Conference scouting director who tracked Dante Exum at the FIBA World Cup said that Exum is not ready for the NBA.

"He’s not ready for the NBA, that is for sure," said the scout. "But a lot of guys are not ready for the NBA and they have got to learn on the fly. He is no different. But he is not going to jump into the league and all of a sudden average 20 points a game. There’s just no way." Exum has shown flashes of potential, but he struggled through both Summer League and the World Cup. Owners in standard leagues should temper their expectations, and it wouldn't be advisable to spend anything more than a late-round flier on the 2014 mystery man come draft day.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 5 - 3:23 PM

Dante Exum scored 12 points in a 91-83 loss to Angola at the World Cup of Basketball on Thursday.

Exum's 31 minutes on Thursday led Team Australia and he responded with 12 points, three rebounds, and six assists. It's nice to see Exum break out a bit after a lackluster game on Tuesday, but fantasy owners in standard leagues should still be wary about spending anything more than a late-round pick on the 19-year-old in fall drafts.
Source: FIBA.com
Sep 4 - 11:17 AM

Dante Exum did not score in Australia's win over Lithuania on Tuesday, adding one rebound and one assist.

He didn't even take any shots and he's certainly not making any waves in Spain. Exum did show some tremendous athleticism at Las Vegas, but he's a serious project. We're not expecting much at all out of him in the first few months of the season and owners in standard leagues should be able to do better in the last round.
Sep 2 - 8:05 PM

Rudy Gobert made both of his field goal attempts vs. Egypt on Monday, scoring six points with six boards and one block in 18 minutes.

He didn't commit any fouls in this easy win, which was a problem in his first two, averaging 3.5 fouls per game in 15.5 minutes. Gobert now holds averages of 5.0 points, 4.7 boards and 1.0 blocks in 16 minutes per outing. He'll be in the rotation for the Jazz, but his woeful foul shooting knocks him out of standard-league consideration.
Sep 1 - 7:34 PM


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