If you were building a fantasy basketball team, even the one off version that FanDuel offers, would it even be useful to use the Utah Jazz players this season? I'm a homer, but even the homer in me needs to think twice.
- Utah plays at the 28th "fastest" pace in the league, a slower game means fewer possessions, and fewer possessions means fewer opportunity for normative box-score statistics
- The team is 25th in Assists, so either players aren't creating good enough shots for their mates, or players are just missing open shots. Having watched every game I know the answer is somewhere in between the two; but really, leaning more on the idea of missing open shots.
- But a low assist, low pace team means that if you are going to be worth it on offense, you have to be really good or really efficient.
- Gordon Hayward is really good, and guys like Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert are really efficient.
- For the season The Precious is playing like a ring of power, averaging 19.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.3 spg, and shooting nearly 40% from downtown, while getting to the FT line 5.8 times a game.
- Derrick Favors isn't a double double guy, and isn't scoring as much as he should because he doesn't get the ball enough on offense, but he is shooting 54.6 FG%, still scoring 15.4 ppg, and adds blocks, steals, and assists.
- There's an even more skewed distribution to be had with Rudy Gobert -- who is shooting 62.0 fg%, and 69.2 FT%, and coming to work with a 6 / 6 / 2 / 1 / .5 line in 19 mpg. His positive impact upon the game is obvious.
Beyond G-Time, Favors, and Gobert it's almost pointless to look at the team. I did, and I wish I had that time back. Play fantasy basketball, and if you are picking some Jazz players there are only a handful to choose from this season. You are honestly better off taking guys from the high pace teams that score a lot, like the Golden State Warriors.
Also, play FanDuel. (The following taken by the amazing Jason Walker who explains this better than I do)
1. Head over to FanDuel today, register and check out the NBA games they have running.
For example: One of the NBA games they have for pay is a $5 entry, 100 first place tourney.
2. Once you enter, you set a lineup based on a salary cap of $60K and enter 2 PG, 2 SG, 2 SF, 2 PF and a Center.
3. Once your cap-friendly lineup is complete, click Enter and BOOM!, the fun begins!
Now, a bit of bad news. Here are specific rules. They include this: "In order to deposit money to play paid entry games you must be able to represent and warrant that you are not a resident of any of the following states: Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana or Washington."
Have fun. Do it. Use Gordon Hayward. Use Gobert if he becomes a full-time starter though!