Player News - Jazz

Date: Team: Pos:

Jazz swingman Chris Johnson (concussion) participated in non-contact drills on Monday.

He is still on the NBA's concussion-protocol system and is listed as "out" for Tuesday's exhibition vs. the Lakers.
Oct 5 - 6:39 PM

Alec Burks said that he rebuilt his shot while rehabbing from a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

"I had to learn how to shoot again," said Burks. "I feel like it's going to help me in the long run with a better shot." He went 0-of-5 from the field during Sunday's exhibition, but shrugged off the difficulties: "I ain't worried about offense. I can score on accident." Burks is a late-round target as long as he's battling for minutes with Rodney Hood.
Oct 5 - 3:08 PM

Raul Neto showed some flashes of potential during his first preseason game with the Jazz on Sunday, handing out six assists to go with four steals, two turnovers and a block through 20 minutes of action.

While Neto shot just 0-of-3 from the field, he looked great setting up Utah's offense, and he was very pesky on defense. Rumors out of Utah indicate that Neto is currently the favorite to win the starting point guard position, and tonight was certainly a step in the right direction as he really outplayed Trey Burke. We'll be watching this position battle closely leading up to the regular-season, but Neto has put himself on the radar as a late-round flier in deep leagues.
Oct 5 - 1:19 AM

Rudy Gobert looked great during his 25 minutes of action on Sunday, scoring 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting (4-of-9 from the stripe) to go with eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover in a win over the Lakers.

Gobert controlled the paint throughout the contest, and he was a major reason why Los Angeles shot just 28.9 percent from the field. Once he was inserted into the starting lineup last season, Gobert compiled averages of 10.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 1.0 steal per game. We're expecting those numbers to jump during his third NBA season, so taking him towards the turn of the first and second rounds makes sense.
Oct 5 - 1:12 AM

Derrick Favors was solid during Utah's preseason win over Los Angeles on Sunday, scoring 16 points (7-of-15 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs) with nine boards, one steal and one block in just 24 minutes.

Favors will again be one of the go-to-guys on offense for Utah this season, and at just 24 years old, there's no reason why he can't take another step in his development. Through 74 games last season Favors compiled averages of 16.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 0.8 steals per game, and he'll make for a quality mid-round selection on draft day.
Oct 5 - 1:05 AM

Trey Burke started at point guard for the Jazz on Sunday, scoring 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting to go with five rebounds, three assists and three turnovers through 25 minutes of action.

Burke got the start on Sunday, but Raul Neto largely outplayed him, and it'll be interesting to see if head coach Quin Snyder makes any adjustments to his starting lineup for Wednesday's rematch with Los Angeles. Burke is a volume shooter, so it might make more sense to bring him off the bench and let Neto (a pass-first point guard) run with the first-unit. Burke doesn't do much on the defensive side of things, and he often struggles with efficiency, so he's not worth much more than a late-round flier on draft day.
Oct 5 - 12:57 AM

Alec Burks started at shooting guard for the Jazz on Sunday, but missed all five of his shot attempts and finished with just four rebounds, three assists and one turnover to his credit.

This was Burks' first game-time action since he went down with a shoulder injury in December last season, so some rust should be expected. He's currently in a battle with Rodney Hood for the starting shooting guard position in Utah, although Hood also failed to make much of an impact Sunday night, shooting just 1-of-9 from the field to go with two assists and a turnover. The Jazz take on the Lakers again on Wednesday, and it'll be interesting to see if head coach Quin Snyder gives Hood a shot at the starting lineup, or if he allows Burks to try and bounce-back after an uneventful evening.
Oct 5 - 12:46 AM

Grant Jerrett (shoulder) will not play in Sunday's preseason game vs. the Lakers.

Jerrett dislocated his shoulder during Summer League, and he still hasn't been cleared to play. There are no guarantees he makes Utah's regular-season roster.
Oct 4 - 7:52 PM

Chris Johnson (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's preseason game vs. the Lakers.

Johnson is dealing with a concussion, and he doesn't yet have a clear return date in site. He'll have a negligible role with the Jazz while they're healthy, so there's no reason to draft him in any league.
Oct 4 - 7:39 PM

Gordon Hayward said that Raul Neto did a great job "running the show" during Utah's practice on Thursday.

Neto is currently fighting for the starting point guard position in Utah with the likes of Trey Burke and Bryce Cotton, although reports up to this point have Neto the favorite to come out on top. It only helps that one of Utah's franchise players is praising his play, and it'll be interesting to watch coach Quin Snyder's rotations develop over the course of the preseason. Neto doesn't really have a jump shot, so he could struggle with efficiency, but he's certainly on the radar in deep leagues as a guy that could buoy the assist category.
Oct 1 - 6:24 PM

Jazz head coach Quin Snyder refuted reports on Thursday that Elijah Millsap had lost the coaching staff's trust, and said that he's been pleased with Millsap's progress this offseason.

"The thing he's been doing is making better decisions with the ball," said Snyder of Millsap. "It's been good, he's played well." Millsap is on a non-guaranteed deal, and is not a lock to make Utah's regular-season roster. Snyder may be pleased with his progress, but even if he does make the squad, playing limited minutes behind Gordon Hayward will make him a non-option in most leagues.
Oct 1 - 5:12 PM

Chris Johnson took an elbow to the head during Wednesday's practice, and has been diagnosed with a concussion.

Johnson won't be allowed to return to any basketball related activities until he goes through the league mandated concussion protocol testing, and this is an unfortunate setback for a guy that doesn't have a clear role in coach Quin Snyder's rotations. He'll be battling for reserve minutes in a crowded backcourt in Utah, so there's no reason to draft him in any league.
Oct 1 - 3:15 PM

Coach Quin Snyder said the NBA game is "suited for" Tibor Pleiss.

He is a legit 7'3" tall and showed some nice signs at EuroBasket this month. Pleiss is a terrific pick-and-roll man, but he really needs to work on his defense. He's someone to think about in 20-team leagues.
Sep 30 - 3:15 PM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Coach Quin Snyder said he could play Rodney Hood and Alec Burks together when the Jazz go small.

That likely means Hood would be a stretch four at times. He did get some stretch-four minutes on occasion last year and he definitely has the size at 6'8". It sounds like only health will get in Hood's way this season. He is a terrific selection late in drafts.
Sep 30 - 3:03 PM

Alec Burks said that he wants to be a starter with the Jazz.

"At the end of the day, we all want to be the starter," Burks said. "But it's coach Q's [Quin Snyder] decision." Burks will be competing with Rodney Hood for the starting shooting guard position in Utah, and that will be an interesting battle to watch as we approach the regular-season. Burks made it through just 27 games last season, averaging 13.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 three-pointer per game. His playmaking ability could give him the edge over Hood, considering Utah will be without their starting point guard in Dante Exum (knee), so he’s worth a late-round gamble on draft day.
Sep 29 - 5:42 PM

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