Some fun to watch offensive highlights. But the overall consistency of the
defensive effort was what was most encouraging to me. Once the defense becomes
the nature priority, a mindframe will fall into place for improved offense. With
the emphasis as such, this will end up being a good year on multiple fronts. At this point, it's okay for Jazz fans to allow themselves to start
feeling some legitimate optimism. It with be both a growing and a fun year.
Burke still took the most shots. Still wants to be the scorer. How about
passing the ball, from the point?
Exum looks to be about what we hoped and expected at this stage. He had flashes
of incredible athleticism and fantastic court awareness and passing - mixed with
very out-of-control play at times and struggles against the higher talent level
than he's played against in Australia.I am very optimistic
about how Burke, Burkes and Exum are going to mix. If they focus on ball
movement they can really make each other better with their court vision and
quick moves.And I loved that for the first time in years the Jazz
played defense - you could see clearly that defending was a priority last night.
I think I like Snyder and his new staff already.
Same stuff different day.
Very impressed with how fast Exum is. He is very quick on dribble penetration
and is able to make passes off the drive.
Exum looked really good, he could start day 1, his defense was better than I
thought it would be. Hood also looked good, but it was one of those days where
nothing was going down for him. Gobert also seems much improved from last year,
I think he makes the Jazz rotation this season.On the flip side Trey
struggled getting separation, the only way he will keep his starting job over
Exum is if he can become a lights out shooter. The refs also dominated the game
calling 58 fouls, which made it impossible for anyone to get into any rhythm and
made the game hard to watch.
Exum = New Jordan. Take it to the bank.
I'm with Ed on this one. Burke needs remember he is a point guard, he
should create good shots for his team mates and get them the ball where they
like it. There are not too many successful 6' shooting guards in the NBA.
Hood and Burke couldn't hit anything, but both hustled. I also thought
Burke was going for his shot a little bit too much, but that's the way he
plays. He also works so hard to penetrate, while Exum, with his longer strides
and better athleticism, can often get by defenders with one fake and a long
stride or two...he reminds me of a young Kobe that way. Exum had some wonderful
assists early on, and then played somewhat inconsistently the rest of the way.
He is, though, as he has said, a point guard, and I feel he will be starting at
point by mid-season if not before then. With Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward
playing most of the shooting guard minutes, that might leave Trey Burke on the
bench eventually. Gobert had trouble making free throws, but was solid in the
Thoughts after watching the game:Exum: The real deal. He has Chris Paul
Potential. Lightning quick and sees the whole court. Not a threat from the
outside. Needs to work on ball-handling skills.Hood: Nice looking shot.
He missed, but most were short and dead-on. He will be a good scorer but needs
to develop scoring off the dribble. Defense has Ok for a rookie.Burke:
The way Exum played, his days are numbered in Utah. handles the ball better
than Exum in the pick and roll. More polished too.Gobert: Very
impressive on defense and better on offense over last year.As usual for
Jazz coaches, they kept Exum on the bench way too much. Same with Gobert.
Stupid.Overall, the Jazz are going to be horrible next year unless they
sign some veterans soon.
For the 1 and 2, there are 96 minutes to share. Burks, Burke and Exum should
all play at least 30 minutes a game. Hayward, should play around 38 a game at
the 3. At the 5, Favors should play most of the minutes. They still need help
at the 4.
Exum was amazing.Defense, slashing, passing.3 pt. shot
was weak.It will be interesting to see what happens tonight.