Utah Jazz: Raul Neto gets to shine while Trey Burke observes from the pine

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  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 12, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    If the Jazz were to bring Jimmer in I'd have to go back to watching my first NBA love, the Sixers. I just wish they had a Doctor J on the team.

    I want Jimmer to succeed, he's a good kid, but there's no way I'd want him on the team I root for right now. I just don't believe he's ever going to make much of a mark in the NBA.

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    July 12, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    I don't hate Jimmer and I don't hate BYU. My whole family went to BYU and we've had season tickets for longer than there's been a Marriott Center. I loved watching Jimmer play at BYU, but have no desire for him to play for the Jazz. He's a good outside shooter but rarely gets to the rim. He's not a great passer. He's not really a point guard at all. His skill set is more suited to a 2 guard but his body is smaller than most point guards. At SAC he actually spent more time playing the 2 than the 1.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    July 11, 2013 9:41 p.m.

    I don't know how to feel about Jimmer. Watching him play in college was a blast and he made it exciting every time he got the ball. His distractors always talk about his defensive limitations but there are a lot of NBA players that don't play a lot of defense. At least if his player got by him he would still have to deal with shooting over Evans, Gobert, and Favors. These guys are able to cover a lot of mistakes. With all that however, I would still take Burke and Neto over Jimmer.

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    July 11, 2013 5:55 p.m.

    I don't understand these crazed people, who are blinded by their hate for Jimmer and BYU,

    Jimmer can play point, has nba experience, and he can shoot, the Jazz have said they need shooting, since they are going youthful it actually would not be a bad Idea at all to see if they could get Jimmer, and he would much better here, in this system, with better team players here in Utah than in that bad sacramento situation.

  • Owen Heber City, UT
    July 11, 2013 4:54 p.m.

    Signing Jimmer would be a self-inflicted fatal wound. Unless he becomes one of the five best players in the NBA, the entire management team should be replaced if he ever spends a minute in a Jazz uni. Why would Jazz management invite the biggest no-win distraction/drama between the coasts?

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    July 11, 2013 4:43 p.m.

    Neto is ready now! I thought he played as well as any point guard I've seen in a Jazz uni for a long time. Notice how much better everyone looked in that game. Evans had been lost in the previous games, and Neto found a way to get everyone going. He has a flow about him, and his constant dribbling in heavy traffic reminds me of Nash. I'd roll the dice on this kid now, I think he is going to be a really good player. I think Burke will be a good player, but it seems that he looks more for his own shot than looking for ways to break down the defense.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    July 11, 2013 3:32 p.m.

    Well, Burke stunk it up all 3 games. Consistent at least.

    The Jazz better find a veteran real quick. If we don't at least there will be upside when we have the best odds for the #1 pick next draft.

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    July 11, 2013 12:48 p.m.

    Stop talking about Jimmer! He has no place in this discussion or on the Jazz. Talk about a D league player, that's what he needs DEVELOPMENT! Development on D and development creating his own shot. After that we can talk about jimmer coming to Utah.

    I disagree almost completely, #1 he can shoot the 3 and is cheap, but he is cheap for a reason he isn't good at anything else and cant play D. Much like Al he didn't fit because of defense/ball hog. #2 Not that much money comes as a result of jersey sales to the organization, and tickets to see jimmer creates a huge problem. You would have a NY tebow situation. People clamoring to see a player who isn't good enough to earn playing time. You can pay to see jimmer but you will only see him on the bench, and that isnt even jimmers fault that he creats drama and unrealistic expectations for your game ticket.

  • Long term Kimberly, ID
    July 11, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    Was also impressed with Neto. I really like that both seem to have a natural ability to lead a team. That is both Burks and Neto's strenght. Neto is a better ball handler and passer it seems as well as a better finisher in traffic. Would love to see them both here this year. Both are going to take some time to adjust.

  • logicalsportsanalyst West Jordan, UT
    July 11, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    Bringing Jimmer would do two things for the Jazz: #1 Add a cheap player to fill their roster that can shoot the 3. #2 Bring money to the organization. Jimmer hasn't lived up to even half of his potential in the NBA as of yet, but the Utah Fan base buying tickets to watch, apparel, etc. makes it a very smart business decision.

    As for Neto and Burke, I think the Jazz have a good set up there. Especially if Neto plays another year in Spain. It allows Burke time to establish himself as the clear starter, or fill the back-up role when Neto comes.

  • Jim1027 St. George, UT
    July 11, 2013 9:29 a.m.

    The Jazz blew it with their disaffection towards Jimmer. Can you imagine that he couldn't beat Burke? Yet no progress towards even looking at him.

    Larry is turning in his grave!

  • mdp Bountiful, utah
    July 11, 2013 7:45 a.m.

    After watching Neto play, the Jazz might have gotten the best two pure point guards in the draft this year. I was impressed with his quickness, ball control, defensive positioning, court sense/sight, and ability to find open players. He had the best offensive and defensive plays of the game. Impressive. Evans also played impressively.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    July 11, 2013 6:05 a.m.

    The Jazz went for Neto for a reason. I would say that they should leave him in Spain for another year. The Jazz are going to have growing pains this year. Burke will be fine.

  • fastfox Ogden, UT
    July 11, 2013 5:45 a.m.

    I too was very impressed by Neto...by no means do I think he is better than Burke, however he definitely looked like he had been playing professionally for two years. He looked very comfortable and was under control on the floor. He only took 3 shots, and I have no idea how his jumper is, but I love his vision and how he keeps the ball alive. I'm getting the feeling that the Jazz worked out his contract so he could come play this season considering how laxed they'v been on signing backup point-guards. I still think the jazz should bring back Tinsely, a vet at point-guard would do wonders for young guys like Burke and Neto, even if he doesn't get much playing time.

    All in all, even though Neto has played great thus far and Burke has played mediocre, this is the summer league, take everything with a grain of salt. Though I will add that Evans and Burks look like NBA players. They are having their way in the summer league which is a great thing! Burks should be starting and Evans should be that first big off the bench for Favors.

  • Atrix Vancouver, WA
    July 10, 2013 10:41 p.m.

    I'm liking this Neto guy. I think he would be a great backup to start off. Maybe eventually a starter. I also think since we are going with the youth movement the Jazz should pick up Jimmer. I think it would be a win/win. We need shooting and we need a point guard. He is also pretty cheap.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    July 10, 2013 9:00 p.m.

    I think Neto is great...and i dont think he needs the D-League experience...because the guy can play...he might turn out to be the better PG...who knows...

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    July 10, 2013 8:32 p.m.

    If you didn't see this game you missed a real treat. Neto was fantastic. The broadcasters raved over him and he was the one they choose to interview after the game. I hope the Jazz work out a deal and get him over here NOW. Evans looked like a young Kevin Garnet and was clearly the dominant player on the court. He was just short of a double,double at halftime but didn't get much playing time in the second half because of the blow out. Burks also played well to continue leading him towards the starting 2 guard this season. Gaffney, Roberts and Christmas all played well and deserve an invite to veterans camp this fall.

    Big Al was gracious in his interview with the Bobcats and said both Favors and Kanter will be all stars someday. All on all a very exciting day for the Jazz.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    July 10, 2013 8:17 p.m.

    Good to see Neto start well. I don't think he has to worry much about not playing, unless the Jazz bring in two veteran point guards (and I see the Jazz keeping Tinsley only). Still, Neto most likely would play some D-league first. With the competition he has faced the past couple of years, he would probably excel right away there. I like the idea of Burke and Neto pushing each other over the next few years. It is ideal to have two good players at each position.