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Game 1 Thoughts

I invested $15 into my Jazz addiction and thought I would share some observations from the first Orlando league game. Summer league is a very different and chaotic beast so I wouldn't make any definitive judgments from just one game but here it goes anyway.

Trey Burke struggled - it could be argued that Kabongo, Burks, and Stockton were all more effective at point in this game. He really seemed physically outmatched at both ends of the court. I didn't watch him enough in college to know, but I am not sure he has any of the craftiness that successful smaller guards in the NBA have. He desperately needs some of those slippery/deceptive/quick moves because I am not sure he can finish strong at the rim over NBA athleticism (he also struggled with ball pressure). Hopefully he can develop a quick midrange pullup, floater, or the ability to split screens. He did have a couple decent assists towards the end.

Gobert - if Trey's first game was a disappointment, Gobert's was a pleasant surprise. I didn't know much other than his combine record size, and assumed for how cheap we got him that he had to be a real stiff. It turns out he is really mobile and somewhat coordinated for his extreme size and lankiness. Didn't see any evidence of offensive skills but his athleticism gives me confidence that he could develop some. Not sure how he will fair guarding and boxing out stronger bigs as he is a bit of a stick at the moment. Gobert + Evans = absurd shot blocking duo.

Evans teased us with one solid looking jump shot but didn't do enough in the game to make me believe he has developed his game enough to play 15+ minutes a night.

Burks was doing his thing until he tweaked his ankle in the first half and never came back. Didn't look bad at all but I'm not a doctor. Shooting pretty well but for some reason he still hasn't found his groove at the foul line.

Didn't see too much out of him, but the polish big man had a nice dump off assist, block and reverse layup.

Wanted to see more of Stockton. That dude just plays hard and feisty and wills his way to contribute even if aspects of his game are struggling.

All comments are the opinion of the commenter and not necessarily that of SLC Dunk or SB Nation.

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