The Downbeat #911 - Happy John Stockton Day

Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

AKA The Porsche Edition. Finals are over. My head hurts. Here we go... Oh, and Happy 121212

The Spurs bring their NBA best 18-4 record to The Solution tonight. Oh, and that 18-4 includes 11-2 on the road. Tonight will be another test of this team that is, somehow, surprising a lot of people... again. You know who used to work for the Spurs? Dennis Lindsey. The Trib's Bill Oram has a great article about DL and there are some very complimentary things about the Jazz org in there. What's impressive is that its not the usual Jazz employees patting themselves on the back compliments, this came from RC Buford.

"We recognized that any success that we wanted to have would have to go through Salt Lake City," Buford told The Tribune during last year’s playoff series. "

That's saying a lot. It also means that they know they have to respect ANY Jazz team when they match up in SLC. Hopefully we can reaffirm that sentiment tonight.

If you don't follow @Jashin_Mizuho, you are missing out. Yesterday our favorite Japanese Jazz blogger dropped illustrations for the entire team, for the 12-13 season, and they are fantastic.

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Check out all of them, and the reactions of the players themselves. This reminds me that we have some really amazing artists that are part of the Dunk Family. Adam (@prodigyJF) does great videos, Moni is a photoshop guru, and Sean (@spidergraphics) has been doing awesome illustrations on his tablet.

If any of our other readers have any art they'd like to share, hit me up on Twitter (@prodigal_punk). I want to start showcasing all of your talents once a week

This isn't Jazz related, but it is something I have been following closely. The situation in Sacramento remains perilous and our SBN brother Tom Ziller wrote this great article about the owners of the Kings, the Maloof family. Specifically he talks about the relationship of the 3 brothers (Joe, Gavin, George Jr.) and how that affects this situation. Check it out ASAP: http://www.sbnation.com/2012/12/11/3754092/sacramento-kings-relocation-maloofs-divided-hook

You can find out some really interesting things by heading over to Basketball Reference and sorting through the numbers. We're at the quarter season mark and here's a few that stand out:

  • Jazz Ortg is 109.2, good for 6th in the League
  • Jazz Drtg is 107, putting them 21st in the League
  • For all the talk of speeding things up and "pushing the ball" the Jazz Pace is 91.5, below the league average of 92 and placing them 20th in the League
  • Their FT/FGA is at .232 - That's 8th in the league
  • Their Defensive Rebounding % is an abysmal 70.9 and comes in at 27th in the League. That's inexcusable for a team with so many good bigs.
  • The Jazz allow their opponents .222 FT/FGA; that's not good- 22nd in the League.
  • Total attendance is at 167,832: 14th in the League. Sad.

Today is 12/12/12. I officially declare this John Stockton Day. Does anyone have any good, personal stories about John Stockton? I will also accept John Stockton related Instagrams/ Tweets.

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