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Utah Jazz Draft Leftovers and AK retires: The Downbeat #1665

Utah Jazz Draft Leftovers and AK retires: The Downbeat #1665

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Morning links: Grading the Jazz's lottery pick | Deseret News It’s hard to judge a draft night the moment it ends, but that didn't stop pretty much everyone from trying.

I think NBA Draft grades are more for fun and something to fill the pages, but with the amount people out there writing about basketball it's amazing that we are still getting grades ranging from A+ to a D. Assuming an A+ is a perfect draft and an F is a failure draft, most grades are sitting in the B range, which would put us at above average. Do you think we had an above average draft?

Moni has transcripts, photos, and more over at Jazz Fanatical

My favorite quote from DL is this

"And what you’ll find out is, is Trey’s vision’s superior. His handle’s superior. His decision-making is very safe…

[Our analytic people found that] when he played minutes at the four, he was an above average rebounder as a defensive rebounder, and he was top 20 in the nation in his offensive rebounding rate when he played the four…"

With Booker, Gobert, Favors, and Lyle all having decent court vision the Jazz will be able to add more Hi Lo wrinkles into the offense. The Spurs run this a lot with Diaw, Duncan, Splitter, Ginobili and sometimes Parker. The other wrinkle that you will see is the ability to get more corner threes (see the above video).

Jazz Assistant Coach Alex Jensen to Join German Men’s National Team Coaching Staff | Utah Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY (June 26, 2015) – The German Basketball Federation announced today that Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen will join the coaching staff of the German’s men’s national team this summer. He will join Head Coach Chris Fleming during the preparation heading into the European Championship, also known as EuroBasket 2015, from Sept. 5 – 20. The preliminary round featuring Germany, Spain, Serbia, Turkey, Italy and Iceland will be played in Berlin, Germany. The best four teams will advance to the final round in Lille, France.

It's good to know that other people recognize the ability of our coaching staff.

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Ode To The Underrated: Andrei Kirilenko Edition | FiveThirtyEight Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about politics, sports, science, economics and lifestyle.

AK quietly walked off into the sunset this week, for a five-seven year period in the mid-2000's he had our hearts. It was incredible to watch him fly around the court with ease filling up the scoreboard with meaningful stats and hustle plays. Some of the data says that AK may be HOF worthy what are your thoughts?