Survey says: Jazz fans like Rudy Gobert, Rodney Hood, Dante Exum and ... Momet?
Matt Gade, Deseret News
LAS VEGAS — Utah Jazz faithful at the Thomas & Mack Center have loudly cheered and bellowed out “RUUUU!” whenever second-year center Rudy Gobert has made an impactful play during the NBA Summer League.
It remains to be seen whether they'll get that chance again Thursday at 4 p.m. MDT when the Jazz play the Spurs in the NBA Summer League tournament. Gobert and Utah had a rest day Wednesday, but his status is uncertain for this second-round game.
Some fans made their voices heard about Gobert once again Wednesday when asked to participate in a Twitter poll (a very unscientific one, mind you) with the sole purpose of finding out which player has had the best summer so far.
As could be expected, the poll’s results ranged from funny to thoughtful but mostly showed that some Jazz fans are giddy about Gobert.
And Rodney Hood.
And Dante Exum.
Wait. Momet? We’ll assume the fan who voted for "Momet" didn’t mean retired Jazz center Mehmet Okur. It’s possible this was a nod to Hungarian center Greg Somogyi, who rejoined the team Monday, but it’s most likely a vote of confidence for the other Australian, Brock Motum.
Here are the poll results (which have not yet been verified by Ernst & Young):
RUDY GOBERT, C (26 first-place votes): The 7-1 center had two strong outings before sitting out his third game with a sore shoulder. By the way, repeating “Rudy! Rudy!” in Twitter chants still only counted for one vote.
"Rudy gave us something to cheer for," Dave (@downrightdave) Horan wrote. "The crowd wasn't nearly as excitable without him."
Apparently fans were willing to forgive Gobert for actually missing one of his field-goal attempts, which lowered his shooting percentage to 91 percent. He's put up 12 points, nine rebounds and 3.5 blocks in two stellar showings.
“Rudy,” Zack Adams (@zmoneyfasho) wrote. “He actually looks like he may develop a game to complement his physical tools.”
“RUDY! His growth from last year is exciting,” @themarkseguin wrote. “Yes it is only summer league.”
Added @ColtonHarris8: “Rudy! He been more of an offense treat in couple days than he was all last season!”
RODNEY HOOD, SF (11): That figure is seemingly how many 3-pointers he hit in the third quarter Monday night, but it is how many first-place votes the Duke rookie received. The southpaw splashed in eight long balls so far, including a 7-of-9 outing against college teammate Jabari Parker. While his 29-point explosion in that blowout of the Bucks was impressive, the 23rd pick missed 11 of 12 treys in the other two games. But he’s also shown some nice versatility as a passer.
“Hood is plain smooth,” wrote @RexKwanDan. “And a steal at 23.”
MALCOLM THOMAS, PF (seven): The Jazz picked him up toward the end of the 2013-14 season and hoped to give him a chance to prove himself in practice and this summer. So far, the San Diego State product has been one of the most consistent players over the course of the three games, averaging 11.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 blocks.
“Thomas,” @Nick_Hedges_ wrote. “If he is not pushing Jeremy (Evans) for the 12th spot, then I think he is going to make the team and play in the D league.”
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