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Utah Jazz rookie Joel Bolomboy back after short stay in D-League

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The Utah Jazz picked Joel Bolomboy in the late 2nd round of the 2016 NBA Draft. He has demonstrated that he’s more than just an energy guy with his play during both the Salt Lake City and Las Vegas Summer Leagues. In training camp he earned his right to make this team. And in preseason he showed that he could play on this level. I really like Joel. And so too do the Utah Jazz bosses Dennis Lindsey and Quin Snyder. But right now, even if injuries keeping Boris Diaw out of games and Derrick Favors playing half of them, he’s having trouble getting on the court.

From the press release, Hayley Byrnes writes:

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has assigned forward Joel Bolomboy to the Salt Lake City Stars, the Jazz’s exclusively owned and operated NBA D-League team. He is expected to participate in Stars practice today at Taylorsville Recreation Center.

This will be the first assignment this season for Bolomboy. Bolomboy (6-9, 235, Weber State) has appeared in two games for the Jazz this season, averaging 1.5 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocked shots in 2.6 minutes per game. He registered three points, one rebound and one blocked shot at Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 30.

Bolomboy is the fifth player to be assigned to the D-League under the Jazz-Stars single affiliation. Other players on the current Jazz roster with D-League experience include Rudy Gobert and Shelvin Mack.

Hayley Byrnes, NBA.com and DLeague.NBA.com , 2016

But that didn’t last very long, as they recalled him back up to the ‘big leagues’ a few hours later.

Hayley Byrnes of the Utah Jazz / Salt City Stars writes:

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has recalled forward Joel Bolomboy from the Salt Lake City Stars, the Jazz’s exclusively owned and operated NBA D-League team. He will re-join the team prior to tonight’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.

This marked the first assignment this season for Bolomboy (6-9, 235, Weber State). He has appeared in two games for the Jazz this season, averaging 1.5 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocked shots in 2.6 minutes per game. He registered three points, one rebound and one blocked shot at Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 30.

Bolomboy is the fifth player to be assigned to the D-League under the Jazz-Stars single affiliation. Other players on the current Jazz roster with D-League experience include Rudy Gobert and Shelvin Mack.

Hayles Byrnes, UtahJazz.com and DLeague.NBA.com , 2016

All of this is reminiscent of how Tibor Pleiss was used last season. Except Tibor would play in some games. the D-League doesn’t tip off just yet, so Joel was there running for head coach Dean Cooper and playing with Marcus Paige and others. Joel will be shuttled between the NBA and NBA D-League this season. Having him take part in training camp, even if it is on this piece-meal method, with his Stars teammates is just going to be part of his rookie season.

He can be moved between the clubs an infinity amount of times this season. And it will be a pleasure to document each time it does happen. I’m on #TeamBolomboy for sure. I can’t wait to see him on the court, regardless of where that court is.