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Utah Jazz Player of the Week 12: Oh Canada!

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I'm torn this week . . .

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Instead of having to play five different teams in seven nights this past week the Utah Jazz only had to play three teams. The first two were part of a back-to-back set, and the third was against a pretty bad team. The Jazz started things off with another disappointing 99-85 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. This was the second time this season where the Jazz were essentially defeated by the Blazers, and really only by two perimeter players making shots against our defense. Everyone from the head coach Quin Snyder to the most casual Jazz fan noticed that the team wasn't playing with much energy. Though, they could be tired from the week before -- and I see this now is a legit excuse. The next night they played at home and lost to the Sacramento Kings 103-101. It wasn't a close game, but the Jazz tied it up with 4.1 seconds left on a Jingles three -- only to lose on a one-on-one scoring play the next time down the court. Utah didn't play up to their ability and ended up losing two games in a row to teams with worse records than them. Thankfully, mercifully, the team regrouped and punked the Los Angeles Lakers 109-82. The Drubbing was necessary and helped a lot of fans from being mocked for eternity.

A 1-2 week isn't great. But some of our players had great weeks, so we should celebrate them!

2015 2016 Week 12 - Player Stat Table

  • Gordon Hayward (3 games, 33.3 mpg): Wow. Just wow. He didn't shoot very well, but he had a monster week averaging 18.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 5.7 apg, and 1.7 spg. These are All-Star numbers. I can't say anything else, Hayward was dominant even if his shots didn't fall. 32.0 PRASB per game.
  • Rudy Gobert (3 games, 28.2 mpg): Welcome back Rudy, we missed you. Rudy was on limited minutes but still managed to average 7.7 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 3.3 bpg, and 1.1 apg. These numbers are amazing for someone coming back from such a long injury. 25.0 PRASB per game.
  • Trey Lyles (3 games, 30.7 mpg): Okay, even his supporters need to eat some crow. The 20 year old rookie averaged 17.3 ppg this week, while also adding 4.7 rpg, 1.3 apg. 0.7 spg, 0.3 bpg, and making 55.6 3PT% while taking 3.0 threes a game. 24.3 PRASB per game.
  • Rodney Hood (3 games, 29.5 mpg): I'm sorry Rodney, but your great week is overshadowed by Trey. We do need to talk about how you averaged 16.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.0 apg, and shot 47.4 3PT% while taking 6.3 threes a game. That's bigtime. 21.0 PRASB per game.
  • Trey Burke (3 games, 28.9 mpg): Off the bench Trey also averaged 16.0 PPG, and did a little of everything with 1.7 apg, 1.3 rpg, and 1.0 spg as a reserve. It wasn't the most balanced week, but Trey did shoot 48.8 FG% while taking 14.3 shots a game. High volume, high efficiency for a point guard. I like it. 20.0 PRASB per game.
  • Trevor Booker (2 games, 20.9 mpg): Booker played in two games (the chart is wrong), and scored 5.5 ppg, had 6.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.5 spg, and shot a very impressive 55.6 FG% for the week. 15.0 PRASB per game.
  • Raul Neto (3 games, 23.8 mpg): Raul is also shooting very well of late. He averaged 8.3 ppg, 2.7 apg, 1.0 rpg, and 1.0 spg while making 50.0 3PT% for the week off of 2.7 threes attempted a game. 13.0 PRASB per game.
  • Jeff Withey (3 games, 14.7 mpg): Back to the bench now that Rudy is back, Jeff didn't kill it this past week. He averaged 4.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, and 1.3 bpg. It still was a tidy 10.0 PRASB per game.
  • Joe Ingles (3 games, 17.0 ppg): Joe is having an up and down season, but in the clutch he's still important like that huge three he made against Sactown with seconds to go. For the week he average 6.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.0 apg, and 0.7 spg. Not the best week, only 9.3 PRASB per game.
  • Chris Johnson (3 games, 15.6 mpg): CJ shot very poorly this week, 0% from both FG and 3PT range. It wasn't a great week despite the minutes he got, 0.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.7 spg . . . for 4.0 PRASB per game.
  • Tibor Pleiss (2 games, 3.2 mpg): Tibor had a really nice alley-oop finish against the Lakers. That was basically his entire contribution this week, 1.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 0.5 bpg. Only 2.0 PRASB per game.
  • J.J. O'Brien (1 game, 4.5 mpg): Jub-Jub O'Brien got in against the Lakers, and finished with 1 rebound, 1 steal, and was -4 in +/-. He didn't do much so I had to included +/- for him. (But I included it for everyone in the table). 2.0 PRASB per game. We'll see more of him on this road trip I am sure.

Having Rudy back is key, and he had a very good week. I was very impressed with Lyles as well. However, there's really no argument here that Gordon put up the big boy numbers this week. And I have to roll with that.

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