IAN CLARK: Last year’s NBA Summer League championship game MVP didn’t have the same offensive output as 2013 with the Warriors, but that’s because the 6-foot-3 guard had a different role for this Jazz squad.
“I think it went well for me and the team. I’ve been trying to work on playing the point guard a little bit more, handling the ball a lot,” the former Belmont sharpshooter said. “Coaches, they trust me to initiate the offense and still be in attack mode. It’s something I’ve been trying to work on.”
Clark, signed by the Jazz after his 33-point title game last summer, hit 7-of-14 3-pointers, shot 40 percent from the field, averaged 2.0 assists and 1.4 turnovers, and scored 8.4 points in 21.4 minutes as Utah went 2-3.
ERIK MURPHY: The Jazz brought him aboard just before the 2013-14 season wrapped up in hopes of getting a good look at him this summer. The power forward is among the guys who’d like the Utah brass to overlook what happened in Vegas, as he only hit one third of his shots while averaging 5.0 points and 4.2 rebounds.
“I think I played all right,” said Murphy, who is now training with Finland’s national team. “I didn’t shoot the ball as well as I can, but that happens. I think one thing we were trying to do was just play as a team.”
THE OTHERS: Former Weber State guard Nick Covington finished with a flair, scoring 12 points in Utah’s 75-73 consolation game win over Portland on Friday. But the guard only played in two other games for a total of 16 minutes before that because the Jazz backcourt minutes were gobbled up by Exum, Clark and Trey Burke. Former University of Utah big man Jason Washburn only took one shot (a miss) and played just three minutes in two games. Hungarian center Greg Somogyi rejoined the Jazz on Monday but also saw limited time. German swingman Niels Giffey played in all five games, averaging 3.4 points and 1.4 rebounds, but his most notable moment might’ve been helping to sing happy birthday to Dante Exum. Bradley guard Chris Roberts went scoreless in two of the three games he played in and scored four points in the other.
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