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Dennis Lindsey Probably, "Do You See What I See?" The Downbeat #1682

Last night we finally got to see what Dennis Lindsey has seen for months. Trey Lyles in good form.

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Trey Lyles' 3-point shot  s pure and fundamentally sound. He has good footwork and squares his shoulders when he turns towards the basket. The first three he was wide open and stepped into the shot.

The second shot was off a curl play where he went wide on the curl and popped out for a three-ball (he drifted a bit on this one) but he was square at his release point.

On the third one, the defender drifted with Bryce Cotton on the pick and Trey was left wide open.

:33-second mark Look at how far out Lyles is when Cotton goes to the rack. He is five feet behind the three-point line. I don't know if Snyder has talked about last line of defense or the safety valve on defense (who covers the release man) but, he takes five steps and (2 foot jumps) for the follow dunk. This is skills, ability, and basketball smarts all in one play.

Tibor Pleiss thoughts from Kevin Pelton 

Tibor Pliess Thoughts


D-League Roundtable: Experts join the panel

There isn't a better way to look at the D-League than through the lens of two coaches, a scout, broadcaster and NBA expert.

This doesn't specifically talk about the Utah Jazz and the Stampede, but the future of the D-league. One thing that I don't see mentioned is the possibility of the D-league being like Minor Leagues in Baseball. Currently, the age limit rule requires players to be 19 or one year out of high school to play in the NBA. Adam Silver has mentioned previously that one of his top priorities was to raise the age to 20.

The minimum requirement for the D-league is 18 see here. You probably already know where I am headed. The NBA can become their own farm team. I imagine that this won't happen until we get closer to 25-30 D league teams, but essentially the NBA could draft players straight from High School on minimum contracts and play against other teams/players while building talent, skills, maturity etc. Then the NBA teams could call players up when they are 19 or 20 if they are ready.

This would get rid of the one and done college player, but also give the players some sort of income and work on skills that they really need to work on. They wouldn't have to deal with school and all of the "responsibilities" that come along with being a full-time student.

Will this kill the college game? I am not sure, I haven't thought this all the way out yet. What do you think?

.Baby Bernie - The Official Web Site of Gordon Hayward | NBA Forward

But anytime she opens her eyes and she looks at me, it definitely makes everything stop for a moment.

What a great experience for Gordon Hayward. Being a father is arguably (husband) my greatest responsibility and gives me the most happiness. I won't get into cheesy father memories, but want to say to Gordon, Welcome to the club, it's freaking awesome isn't it.

I saw some people on twitter/heard some comments on the radio questioning Hayward for not being at Summer League. Stupid. I am sure the Jazz gave him the pass and told him to spend time with his family and newborn daughter. We know he will be with us when the training camp starts.

The Case For Dante Exum: Tools Over Stats - RealGM Analysis from Jonathan Tjarks

What makes Utah so exciting going forward is all their young players will be able to grow together and develop into a unit better than the sum of its parts. They have eight first round picks on their roster under the age of 25 and they can all play. They can afford to bring along their 20-year old point guard slowly, especially when he’s such an outlier at his position in terms of physical tools. I’ll take tools over stats with young players every time and if Dante Exum ever figures it all out, the Jazz are going to be a special basketball team.

Great article on our possible future.