Jazz rookie Dante Exum shows glimpses of excellence, rawness

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  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 18, 2014 8:53 p.m.

    I think he's in a good position to really develop his talents. The biggest thing holding him back right now is that he's not in NBA shape. Most new player's hit the "rookie wall" just after the All Star break. He's pretty close already.

  • gehelmke Bastrop, TX
    July 18, 2014 4:45 p.m.

    Interesting comments...Exxum has a lot of tools...Reminds me a lot of Hayward in that both have a lot of tools, but their shooting needs work. I think Exxum will show a lot better once he finds out what he can not get away with in the NBA that he got away with playing against 18 year olds...Just like I think Hayward will show a lot better playing in his normal position in a scheme designed by Snyder.

    Both these guys need to be shooting 100-200 jump shots from behind the arc every day...preferably with someone passing the ball to them to practice getting the shot off quickly.

  • Utejazzfn3431 Draper, Utah
    July 18, 2014 3:46 p.m.

    We all know Lone Peak basketball is good. But you don't have to be a great shooter to make it in the NBA (if you are very athletic) you can be taught how to shoot) but you can't teach Exums athletic ability. And the Jazz did not draft him abased on the Nike Hoop Summit alone. Exum has been scouted for years. I agree that Exum will be the future starting point guard on the Jazz. He was doing things in the summer league that Trey Burke did not do. He has better court vision and is much quicker and longer. I am very concerned with Trey. This was the summer league he was supposed to dominate. I feel his upside is very limited unless he becomes a pass first point guard and becomes a better shooter.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    July 18, 2014 3:35 p.m.


    Considering your handle I guess one can understand your lack of understanding.

    "his shot is not as bad as everyone thinks it is". Uh, what else is there to go on other than his poor shooting performances? His youtube highlight video? Please. Exums shot has a long ways to go...that is obvious. The dude is launching major airballs every single game so far.

    "Top 8 team in the W. Conference"? Wow CJ. That statement is pure entertainment. There is no team that goes from 25 wins to 49-50 wins. You certainly don't do it by adding two rookies who will struggle being consistent all year and the team getting even younger than last year.

    I seriously doubt the Jazz win 35 games. Who is going to carry the offense this year? Oh yes, that would be our max player Hayward who shot 41% from the field last season!! Right.

    You have a serious case of offensive-woe amnesia.

    And Kanter? It is still an unknown whether he and Favors can even coexist. Kanter better play some defense or he should get benched so Gobert can guard the rim and continue his progression.

  • Long Lost America Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2014 3:16 p.m.


    Sounds like we really need to do some scouting on your Lone Peak High School. If what you say is true and all the players are better than an international prospect universally regarded as basketball experts world wide as potentially one of the best rookies to come into the NBA in a long time, then we have been overlooking some answers right here in our own backyard.
    If Exum couldn't even make that team then the Jazz would be crazy not to sign some of these players as soon as they are old enough. It could be the basis of an NBA championship if what you are saying is correct.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    July 18, 2014 3:00 p.m.

    glimpses of excellence was the title and that seems very accurate

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    July 18, 2014 1:16 p.m.

    I agree that Exum is a better point guard than Burke, the thing that impressed me the most was his ability and willingness to pass the ball, he will make his teammates better and has much more potential than Burke. That said he struggled and didn't show the assertiveness I'd hoped he would. He needs to get in much better shape, no matter how good you are or how much potential you have, if you are out of shape and can't play hard , you can't play that well. I hope he gets a lot of playing time with his national team, he needs as much experience as he can get. I hope he also hits the weight room and gets stronger, he needs it. As much as I would like to see Exum start I don't see it happening to start the season, hopefully he will earn the starting job by the all star break!!

  • Alpiner Alpine, UT
    July 18, 2014 12:36 p.m.

    I still don't get it. There are a lot of excellent athletes - exceptional ones - out there and they don't get drafted based upon their "upside". I'm not sure that Exum would make the Lone Peak High School team. They expect their players to be able to shoot.

    He plays out of the country, has one good showing in a post high school tournament and he is anointed the "next Kobe, but without his shooting skills" to quote a desnews writer.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    July 18, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    Exum may be the best player from this draft 5 years from now. His athletic ability is amazing. At 6'6", he moves like a 5'10" player. Already has good defensive skills. His shot is not as bad as everyone thinks it is. No doubt, Hood has the best stroke of any player on the Jazz. He is going to make an immediate impact when on the floor. If Snyder can bring these players together and improve them daily, by February, they could be a top 8 team in the Western Conference. I just wonder if Favors and Hayward will do their part this year??? Kanter will come back a better player. Not worried about him.

  • Confused Billy Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2014 10:36 a.m.

    I think Exum played extremely well when we used him at point guard. For some reason though the Jazz still think Trey Burke is our future at pg and I have watched Trey a lot the past year and I hate to say it but he is just not very good. He doesn't see the floor well, he thinks of himself as a scoring pg but he just can't score... He is too slow to drive by anybody in the nba and he isn't a very quick decision maker when he does have the ball.

    I think Exum based off of what I saw in the summer league is already a better pg than Trey. Exum sees the floor extremely well, he can get into the paint at will and he is a willing passer who makes quick decisions when he has the ball. He does need to work on his jumper though but I think that will come with time.

    Anyway I hope the Jazz don't feel like they owe anything to Trey. Exum should be our starting pg at the beginning of the season and Alec should be the starter at sg.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    July 18, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    I heard George Karl interviewed on NBA radio day before yesterday and when asked who impresses him in summer league, it was not Wiggins or Jabari, it was Exum. To the untrained eye, which includes all of us who chat on these boards it was probably more difficult to see the potential, but Karl knows talent and he speaks his mind and he really likes our young Aussie. Trey had a rough summer league in his rookie season (and probably wasn't fantastic this summer either), but as we know he was on the all rookie 1st team and was rookie of the month 3 times. I think we will see Hood display his ability sooner than Exum, but after time to adjust to playing here I think they will both be great.