Aren't we so excited, there is Jazz news a buzzing again. We're now in the latter-half of September, we are less than two weeks away from the start of Jazz training camp! How excited do I get about training camp, excerpt from my family blog five years ago:
News about this upcoming training camp from Brian T. Smith:
The 6-foot-9, 185-pound Gilder averaged 19.2 points and 7.7 rebounds in 34 games (31 starts) last season for Sioux Falls, an NBA Development League team.
Gilder, 27, was on the Jazz's 2011-12 training-camp roster. He was cut from the club before the regular season started, though.
So fun that we are finding out about training camp invites already!
Hoopsword did a preview of the Jazz. There has been quite a bit of talk, of their evaluation of our team.
It is a good read so make sure to read the entire article.
Five or Hoopsword writers shared their opinions and predictions about the Jazz. All five writers predicted the Jazz to finish 4th in the Northwest. The have a section called Top of the List
- Top Offensive Player- Al Jefferson
- Top Defensive Player- Al Jefferson
- Top Playmaker- weakness for Jazz but will have to be Mo Williams
- Top Clutch player- Al Jefferson
- Unheralded player- Paul Millsap
- Best New Addition- Marvin Williams
Al being named the Jazz's best defensive player cause quite the stir on Twitter. Yannis Koutroupis was kind enough to talk to me on Twitter about why he selected Al Jefferson. I appreciate the time he took to explain his reasoning and I can understand why he might chose Al. Here are his tweets to me:
I talked to several Jazz players this summer and they all said Favors can be a beast on the defensive end, but
I went With Al because his impact is bigger on it, especially from a numbers standpoint. I try to give those
superlatives to guys who either start or play near starters minutes; Favors does neither and with Al and
Millsap there I don't see that changing.
I clearly state there that Favors warrants mention, but I didn't feel comfortable giving him the honor when two
better players are in front of him taking the bulk of the minutes.
Last thing to ease the torching that's coming either way: I'm not saying Favors isn't oozing in defensive potential.
I just wanted to give that honor to the player who has the biggest impact on the defenisve end, and the
numbers said to me that AJ is that guy more so than DF, based on what he produces and the time he's given.
So now that you see Yannis's reasoning behind choosing Al, do you agree?
The experts did not pick the Jazz to make the playoffs last year and it seems like not many are picking them this year either. I predicted last year that they'd make the playoffs. I will predict again that they'll make it this year too.
Did you know that the Jazz have played in 141 playoff games since the 1996-1997 season? That is 5th most in the NBA:
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What is not cool is that we are only 11th in winning percentage in the same time period in the playoffs. Doesn't it seem like our winning percentage should be higher? Does this show that our team is really just all about just making the playoffs and then see what will happen?
Amar shared with us yesterday how many times the Jazz will be on NBATV next season .
I thought this conversation was pretty funny about the original article:
John Ledesma is a great NBA fan, a Lakers fan. I laughed that a Lakers fan compared how many times the Lakers are shown in comparison to the Jazz.
Yesterday DJ and PK announced that Enes Kanter, Jerry Sloan and Frank Layden would be among some of the celebrity participants at the Bear's annual Mascot Bowl at Lehi High. The game will be on Monday Sept. 24th.
So the summer of Enes continues!