Utah Jazz: Sundiata Gaines, Othyus Jeffers stand apart from D-League counterparts

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  • Basketballogy
    March 26, 2010 5:00 p.m.

    Great article. I like it when writers look at the NBA and the D-League in one perspective like this.

    It's funny how not so long ago the comments howled about canning Sloan, dumping Boozer, etc.

    I'm really excited at the prospect of seeing the Jazz go into the playoffs as the second best team in the powerful western conference.

    I think it would be SO COOL to see them get past L.A. this year too and...

    Forget the Kobe vs. LeBron Finals...

    Let's see Carlos take on his old team! And win!

    Okay, sorry. Fan hysteria took over there a bit.

    But hey, a guy can dream, right?

  • Jazz still in 4th
    March 26, 2010 1:36 p.m.

    For informational purposes, the Jazz are still in 4th, even though their record is tied with DEN and DAL. DEN owns the tie-break by winning the series 3-1 while DAL owns the tie-break because they are currently a division leader which trumps season series. The Jazz need to finish one game better than both of them to get the 2nd seed in the playoffs.

  • Nick Duensing
    March 26, 2010 1:34 p.m.

    Who put that comment that Utah was 1/2 game behind Dallas? They are tied with Dallas and Denver. Try to keep up with the true standings.

  • Utah moves up to 3rd
    March 25, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    tied with DEN a 1/2 game ahead of DAL as they lost to POR.

    Beat IND and WAS. Roll Jazz.

  • Great story
    March 25, 2010 3:36 p.m.

    If the jazz are smart they take a look at keeping both these guys, It will be an inexpesive route and will have a decent payoff

  • @texasjazzfan
    March 25, 2010 12:37 p.m.

    He was waived after march 1st so he is not playoff eligible.

  • Re: texasjazzfan
    March 25, 2010 12:33 p.m.

    Raja is hurt... won't be helping any team this year. He had surgery on his wrist, I believe.

  • texasjazzfan
    March 25, 2010 12:09 p.m.

    I heard that Raja Bell just got waived by golden state. Why dont we bring him back? Get rid of Jeffers! I think that would add a lot of toughness to our team if we add Raja as we make a serious playoff push. He is a great defender, good 3 point shooter, and has experience with the team. Any thoughts or chances of this happening?

  • Hollywood
    March 25, 2010 11:56 a.m.

    Dunno re: the comment about changing the philosophy and getting players who can play "D" and hope they can develop their offensive skills. I think that was the very definition of Ronnie B. And Mo Almond was just the opposite.

    But Matthews just might be the ultimate key in contending for a championship. Why? Because the Jazz were able to dump Ronnie B.'s salary and won't have to spend $6M/per for a SG next season. Saving that money, along with trading AK's expiring contract might enable the Jazz to re-sign Boozer.

    Doubt if Utah can move up and get Cousins, but they could go for Whiteside or Aldrich. Both are pretty good shot-blockers. Or maybe the Jazz draft Aminu at SF. CJ can start, then slide over to back up the 2.

    In any case, finding Matthews was uber-important. Jazz haven't had a decent answer at SG since Raja left.

  • KOC
    March 25, 2010 9:28 a.m.

    deserves some credit for recruiting players who can and will play D. That is a major shift from Almond. Mathews also plays D.

    I think in the past the Jazz got players who could score and hoped they would play D. Now they seemed to be focused on players who already play D and who might improve on offense.

    If there is not enough improvement they can always reload with another cheap Dleaguer.

    With the trade of Brewer the Jazz seem to be signaling that they will shuffle role players to become better.

    If Gaines learns the offense he should be the answer at PG (back up) next year. Price seems a little better this year at running the team but back up PG is a weakness for the Jazz that cost them games and playoff positioning.

    The other big problem are wings who can shoot and defend. That also seems to be improving. It will be interesting to see how much progress Mathews and OJ make on offense next year.

    That leaves the PF/Cs. Too short and poor D is a major problem against LA/DEN. Fez and Koof may/maynot be ready next year.

  • fossil one
    March 25, 2010 7:12 a.m.

    i think oconner got a couple of d league gems. also cj is getting more playing time and is going to be a great player since brewer went. we liked brewer but it is going to give wes and cj more time and you can see we are wining, the other day brewer got almost 12 minutes and no score. they might could use the extra memphis draft pick and new yorks pick to move up in the draft. cousins from kentucky might be a gem for the jazz.