Watch the Jazz this season. Their worst–case scenario offseason might have given us one of the most enjoyable teams in the league. —Sports Illustrated's Andrew Sharp
The Utah Jazz's style of play is certainly different from teams such as the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets that many people consider a more exciting brand of basketball, but at least one major publication appreciates what the Jazz are doing.
Sports Illustrated's Andrew Sharp took a deep look at head coach Quin Snyder's team, concluding that "everyone should watch the Jazz," largely thanks to their defense and the trio of Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio despite the "worst-case scenario" of Gordon Hayward leaving.
"Watch the Jazz this season," Sharp wrote. "Their worst–case scenario offseason might have given us one of the most enjoyable teams in the league."
Kyle Kuzma featured by The Vertical, appears on 'rookie ladder'
Ten games into his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers, former University of Utah forward Kyle Kuzma has continued to be a pleasant surprise and has moved into the Lakers' starting lineup after Larry Nance Jr.'s injury.
On Monday, The Vertical's Shams Charania wrote a feature on Kuzma, primarily detailing his formative years in Flint, Michigan, and his budding relationship with Los Angeles' more high-profile rookie, Lonzo Ball.
"I know there’s a lot more work for us to do," Kuzma said, "but I couldn’t have landed in a better situation and I had to take advantage.”
Elsewhere as it relates to Kuzma, he was named by NBA TV as one of five rookies who is having the biggest impact so far this season.
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Gordon Hayward was in the national spotlight last week as he appeared on the "Today" show, wrote a blog post and held a news conference to talk about the injury that will sideline him for the entire season.
A few days later, former BYU star and current Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge posted a photo on Twitter of Hayward shooting baskets from a chair inside a dimly-lit gym.