Survey says: Jazz fans like Rudy Gobert, Rodney Hood, Dante Exum and ... Momet?
DANTE EXUM, PG (five): If media buzz counted for anything, the Aussie playmaker would be ranked way above the other Jazz players. Even Momet. Reporters from around the world have been excited to actually see the International Man of Mystery play. While he’s had some moments of brilliance — and his quickness is blazing — Exum has only hit 40 percent of his shots and dished out just nine assists in three games. But he’s fun to watch (finally).
“Exum, because he was an unknown,” Mike (@Third_Eye84) Middleton wrote. “Impressive to actually see the skill set.”
“Dante Exum,” @PeacockJazz added. “Happy to find out that he actually has the potential to be great & has drastically (decreased) his 'Bust' probability.”
Another fan (@seanp33) called it a tie: “Gobert because it’s the obvious choice. Exum because he doesn’t force anything. Rare poise.”
TREY BURKE, PG (two): Aside from a sensational alley-oop pass to Exum on the first night, Burke hasn’t had too many spectacular plays. But he’s been much more composed and steady at running the offense than he was as a rookie in Orlando. He’s averaging 8.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 26.7 minutes, and that’s not accounting for the leadership he’s provided for his less-experienced teammates.
Fan Dwaine (@dwainedavis) Davis credited Burke for his “calming presence,” and Hiram (@niner_jazz) pointed out his “maturity.”
BROCK MOTUM, PF (two): This unknown Australian has also made a name for himself. Well, at least Momet has. The 6-10 big man is averaging 8.7 points on 63.2 percent shooting and 5.0 rebounds in only 17.7 minutes per game. His best play came on a put-back dunk after his mate Exum missed a 3-pointer.
“That motum guy or whatever has actually impressed me,” wrote Matt aka @Outta_time1985.
IAN CLARK, SG (two): The 6-foot-3 guard hasn’t quite torn up Vegas like he did last year, but maybe the reigning NBA Summer League Championship Game MVP is saving his best for last. Clark, who’s averaging 10 points, led Utah with 17 points in Tuesday’s win over Denver. The Belmont product has a non-guaranteed contract for next season and has a nice outside touch (60 percent on threes) that could come in handy considering the outside shooting struggles of Exum and Burke.
JARNELL STOKES, PF (one): Some fans, including this one apparently, winced when seeing that the Tennessee big man averaged 12.2 points and 9.4 rebounds for Memphis in Orlando. Stokes has certainly outplayed the 2016 second-rounder the Jazz will get from the Grizzlies after trading the 35th pick. Utah management was leery of having too many young players on an already young Jazz roster, and this was the best deal it could get last month.
BRAD JONES, coach (one): Jones, Quin Snyder’s lead assistant, has done a fine job coaching this squad, which went 2-1 with a pair of blowout victories. He gets bonus points from the media for humorously ending one interview by jokingly saying, “No comment. No comment. No comment.” Snyder has observed from the front row on the other side of the court along with Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan, general manager Dennis Lindsey and other Jazz officials.
NIELS GIFFEY, SF (one): Another facetious vote, this one for a German who's played sparingly and missed 11 of 14 shots he's taken. SLCDunk blogger @Peter_J_Novak wrote: "Giffey, because he's really demonst...er...he had that one night wher....wait no...ummm he just has a really sweet spirit." Don't forget that he helped Exum sing Happy Birthday to himself on Sunday, either.
LOUIS PRIMA, singer (one): The Twitter wise-cracker known as @5kl (first name Kris) did hedge his bet a little by writing, “Probably Louis Prima.” While “The King of Swing” did do Vegas acts back in the 1950s, this late performer was better at a different kind of jazz.
JIMMER FREDETTE, PG (one): Before you wonder if you'd missed a story about Fredette being included on the Jazz's Summer-League roster, you didn't. Some fans, whether they root for blue or red schools in Utah, remain obsessed with the 2011 NCAA player of the year. For good and bad. This one-word tweet from @MenaceSocietyUT about sums it up: “Jimmer!”
One thing's for sure: He's no Momet.
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