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The Utah Jazz Have Three of the Top 50 NBA Players: The Downbeat #1747

Three Jazz players are in the NBA top 50, bon voyage to Jack and J.J., science is cool, Steve Javie sucks, and more. It's your Wednesday Downbeat.

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If you've been paying attention to ESPN's extremely scientific #NBArank exercise, you'll know that they've reached the top 50 players in the league. Still waiting to hear their names read: Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, and Rudy Gobert. Ergo, they're all in the top 50. Might be a meaningless honor but still pretty cool.

By way of comparison, the Hawks, Cavs, Warriors, Clippers, Grizzlies, Heat, Thunder, and Spurs all have three players in the top 50 as well. The Bulls have four, but one of them is Mr. Breakable, Derrick Rose, and the Bucks also have four, but one of them is Jabari Parker, coming off of his injury. Either way, that puts the Jazz in the company of about one-third of the league, and arguably the top third at that. Cool.

Bon voyage, Jack and J.J.:

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has waived forwards Jack Cooley and JJ O'Brien. Following the moves, Utah's roster now stands at 18 players.

Cooley (6-9, 260, Notre Dame) appeared in two preseason games for Utah, averaging 1.5 rebounds in 3.3 minutes of action. He saw action in 16 games for the Jazz last season after being called up from the team's NBA Development League affiliate, the Idaho Stampede.

O'Brien (6-7, 228, San Diego State) appeared in one preseason game for the Jazz. He was signed as a free agent on Aug. 28 after competing for the Jazz entries in both the Utah Jazz Summer League and NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Not surprising, but always a bummer to have to let good people go. With 18 players still on the roster, we'll be doing this again soon.


ALLeigHOOPS takes a peek at the Jazz's Aussie army:

Joey Joe Joe (yes, I am a Simpsons fan) finally made it into the Association last year and acquitted himself surprisingly well. After several failed NBA attempts, including latching on with the Golden State Warriors summer league outfit of 2009, he was rumoured to have attracted the attention of the Atlanta Hawks and others this past pre-season. Playing well in a number of pre-season games with the Los Angeles Clippers, he impressed and it looked likely he would make the team. He was ultimately the last one cut. See, Doc doesn't know what he's doing.

jazzyman sums up a third-party Jazz preview:

I would strongly suggest reading this article from, a season preview of the Utah Jazz. It is a huge eye opener, and gives insight into some deeper statistical reasons why we haven't been so good in the recent past.

pacoelcid on the Jazz's poor performance against the Suns:

Burke got some "rest", and our point guards really bombed Friday against the Suns. No two ways about it. It was so bad, I decided to re-evaluate the Cotton > Burke theorem. I even wondered if Burke had been in whether things would have been different.

So I got to work and researched Burke's stats from last year against the Suns. Here's what I found.

Thanks, folks!

And now for something completely different:

In more Silly ESPN Ranking Stuff, the Jazz check in at number 40 in their Ultimate Standings, which ranks the fan experience for every American major sports team across a variety of factors:

Why the Jazz hands, you ask? It could be because Utah finished as the NBA's No. 1 defense and with the sixth-best record after the All-Star break, thanks to a roster filled with promise -- from newbie Dante Exum to veteran Gordon Haywood, who became one of the best small forwards in the league. So they ranked 43rd in the players category, up 44 spots. Or it could be because first-year head coach Quin Snyder led nine rookies to a win total that improved by 13 over 2013-14. And of course, it could be because a top-half arena comes in below the league average in every expense. You'd vote your team 21st overall in affordability, too, if you could get a hot dog for $3.50.

There are negatives, too -- you can click through for those. Still, 40th across all four major American sports leagues ain't half bad. THAT'S SCIENCE. Never mess with science.

Steve Javie, Utah Jazz Public Referee Enemy #2 (behind Dick Bavetta), is getting an award of some kind:

Really, I'm just using this as an excuse to post this video, which is guaranteed to make you salty:

Spurs at Jazz - Game 4 - 2007 WCF - Officiating from Jazzbasketball on Vimeo.

And really, that's just an excuse to post this gif: