Utah Jazz: Jeremy Evans eager to show there's more to his game than dunks

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  • rossyredhawk Charleston, SC
    July 17, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    The only thing coaches can ask of players is to work hard and keep working hard. That is exactly what Evans is doing. Yes he is very raw, but does have the athleticism to play in the league. He refuses to accept his place/role on the team right now and is working hard to do something about it. That is commendable.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    July 16, 2012 2:10 p.m.


    You said it yourself "..it is the first 5 that matter..". So what are you talking/complianing about Jeremy Evans for? Evans is an athletic bench/role player and last time I checked every team has to have them.

    Role players make a difference. Your stars can't play 48 minutes. It is great to have a cheap player for years to come that can go in and literally jump over the competition for rebounds, putbacks, and dunks.

    You act like the Jazz are relying on Evans to win a championship or something. I don't recall the Jazz saying they were counting on Evans to get them a ring but he may play a small role at an important time and he will do it simply because he has amazing athletic talent.

    In the NBA it never hurts to be long and athletic.

    Ibaka is just a bigger version of Evans. Ibaka hardly played any role at all with OKC. (sarcasm)

    You never know. Ibaka was nothing more than a jumping shot blocker when he came into the lague.. Just this past season he finally developed a shot. Never say never. Evans is cheap.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    July 16, 2012 1:19 a.m.

    The Jazz may never win a championship, but I still enjoy watching them play and improve. That being said I sure wouldn't follow them if I thought they had no chance any being anything other than mediocre and weren't "serious" about being the best they can be.

    It just wouldn't be worth the effort or time I invest to watch the games.

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    July 15, 2012 9:57 a.m.

    RE: Osgrath

    There is nothing wrong with Durrant, Paul and Griffin,

    they can actually play basketball and make a difference,

    and not just good at running and jumping.

    This is why the Jazz will never win a championship they can never get players that a make a difference,

    they just load up on development league talent and pat themselves on the back.

    (don't mention stockton and especially malone, they were outstanding system players, but I remember the numerous 4thquarters where they could do nothing.

    I actually respect stockton, he would've been a great piece but not the leader of a championship team.)

    The jazz need truly great players, not asking everyone to be amazed at them for finding a mediocre player in the second round.

    The jazz need players like the above mention players and like duncan, magic, jordon, among others,

    those players are in the first round,

    its very rare to find a jewel in the 2nd or later unless you are very lucky and find manu or laimbeer

    If you believe the jazz will win championship with evans and milsap...

    It's about find the first five, not the 12th

    Jazz need to get serious.

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    July 15, 2012 8:12 a.m.

    Nice. Are you happy now that the D-News posted your idiotic comments? Have you ever competed at anything on any level? Please inform us as to your successes while doing so!

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    July 14, 2012 9:13 p.m.

    We all need to be grateful to Jazzsmack for setting us straight. In his celestial wisdom he has decreed that Jeremy Evans will never, ever contribute to the Jazz becoming a good team, that he is not a real basketball player, and that the Jazz are not serious.

    I'm glad to be enlightened because in my benighted state, I had come to believe that upgrading the point guard and small forward position (which allows Hayward to play the 2 now), while getting a scorer to back up the 2 represented progress. I also figured that Evans was as capable of contributing as any twelfth man on the roster.

    Now I am curious what Jazzsmack would find wrong with the Jazz acquiring Kevin Durrant, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    July 14, 2012 7:05 p.m.

    He is not nor will ever be a player that you need to help you to a championship.

    He is just taking space for a real BASKETBALL player.

    Athletic dunkers are a dime a dozen, even the jazz have have several over the decades on thier roster. (remember scurry, JJ mitchell, among others) You hear of these players every year and they never amount to anything in the league.

    When will the Jazz get serious?

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    July 13, 2012 10:43 p.m.

    He said it , confidence is his biggest problem. Watching him in the summer league he hesitates and isn't comfortable putting the ball on the floor or taking outside jumpers. I hope he keeps working hard and proves he can be prductive at the 3, that is where I think he could be a big asset, if he can gain confidence .

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    July 13, 2012 6:55 p.m.

    Jeremy's effort and his skill around the rim continue to impress. This was an important group of games for him to help nurture his confidence, since he may not be invited to the summer league next year.