Dante Exum's first start at point guard includes decent stats and a Jazz win

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  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 19, 2014 2:50 p.m.


    I agree that Gobert looked very good on both ends of the floor. He's also much quicker in transition than most players of his size. He'll see a lot of minutes this coming year.

    My reaction to Exum is pretty close to yours as well. Whatever private workouts he's been doing the last year didn't seem to have much of a cardio component to them. He was pretty winded for someone 19 years old. He needs to get on the old exercise bike and get in shape.

    I think Rodney Hood played like CJ Miles after CJ had been in the league for seven years. I suspect Rodney will be much better than that by the end of this next year.

    I thought everyone played much better defense that last year's starters. Certainly moved the ball much better than what we saw last year. Looks like a whole new style of play.

    Looking forward to the season.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    July 19, 2014 12:29 p.m.

    The kid is a point guard, pure and simple. He handles well and gets people moving. The team was better when he was running the game-and the whole movement of the team was better than when Ian was running the point. I say groom him behind Trey Burke for two seasons and he will become something. Try to fashion him into your two guard and who knows what might or might not happen. He is raw, there's no question about it. I have no idea whether he can shoot it or not, although I'm fairly certain he will be able to score the ball as he has a wonderful first step and is fearless going to the hoop. Like Trey last season, he has trouble fighting through screens on defense, but Trey is better in this area and I believe Dante will grow too. He--in an AK47 way--makes little things happen on the defensive side.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    July 19, 2014 10:52 a.m.

    I agree it will be another year with many losses and a trip back to the lottery. But for me it's not a "long year" as that would imply boredom and hard to watch. I really enjoy watching the games especially when you see young guys getting better. I've liked the improvement in Burke, Burks, Favors, and even Kanter shows signs. I'm hoping to see Hayward improve this year under Snyder hopefully because frankly it has been hard watching him struggle. The Western Conference is a tough place to go through a rebuilding campaign because of all the great teams but I still believe in the steps we are taking and just encourage fans to be patient for a few years. Hopefully Hood and Exum will flourish as they get playing time and adapt to the athletes they will be playing against. I also hope Snyder will work with Gobert and Evans and give them time to develop and get better.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    July 19, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    Gobert is showing he is now ready for some meaningful minutes backing up Derrick Favors. Against the right lineup, he may even start at center with Favors next to him at PF, but Favors will be the Jazz #1 center this year. Gobert is stronger and more confident offensively this year. Exum definitely needs to get in better cardiovascular shape...the upcoming World play should take care of that (let's see how Raul Neto does in the tourney, too). There is no rush for Exum to become a solid jump shooter. It will come, and we are lucky to watch him develop as a super-athletic rookie now. I see him starting at PG sometime this year, but let's see how it all works out. I like Trey's gritty and determined play too..both players are good for the team. I hope Malcolm Thomas makes the team...he is stronger than Jeremy Evans and seems to have a good feel for spacing, defense, and little jumpers.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    July 19, 2014 9:31 a.m.

    I think the most improvement we will see this coming year will be in Favors and Kanter, they got their first real opportunity to be starters and have the team go to them alot and they struggled but also they learned and I think they will use the summer to work on the things they learned and come back able to do better at the things they struggled at. I also think Quinn Synder's style of play will help this team and it should be a fun/interesting year. Exum showed flashes of what he can do but he has alot of work to do, he is much better when he plays at the point vs playing at the 2, I hope he gets most of his time at the 1. Gobert should get more time and he can really help with his ability to change the game defensively.

  • doc33 Las Vegas, NV
    July 18, 2014 11:56 p.m.

    Rudy Gobert,without question, was the most impressive Jazzman in this year's summer league. I thought Exum showed flashes particularly with his acceleration, court vision and that little floater, but he really is raw: can't shoot a lick. Rodney Hood was as I saw him all last year at Duke, C.J. Miles redux.

    It is going to be another long year with a lot of losing. For sure, we'll be in the lottery again in 2015.