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Utah Jazz Player of the Week 20: The Shelvin-ing

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The Utah Jazz went 2-2 in Week 20, losing to the Atlanta Hawks 91-84 and the Golden State Warriors 115-94 before turning it around and beating the Washington Wizards 114-93 and the Sacramento Kings 108-99. The Week was confusing, but there were a few things we learned from it. The first is that Shelvin Mack is better than who he was with the Hawks, and showed it to them. The second is that the free throw problem isn't something afflicting the bench unit. And the third? Well, the third is that the Kings suck and their fans deserve better. But we've known that for a long while. Anyway, 2-2 when your only losses are to Top 4 Playoff teams isn't that bad. Let's take a look at the players and what they did!

2015 2016 Week 20 - Player Stat Table

Starters:

  • Shelvin Mack: Mack is putting to bed the questions he had about his three point shooting. When he came to the team he was Brick City. He shot 60% from outside this week in question -- taking nearly 4 threes a game. He finished the week with a 13 / 5 / 6 / 1 line. Waat? Wow. His all-around play has been so useful.
  • Rodney Hood: Hoodie only took 11.7 shots a game, and as a result, he only scored 14.0 ppg. I want to say that he's more than just a scorer, but every game it's a question. He did have a nice showing this week with 3.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, and 1.7 spg. I'd love to see him get to the line more, though.
  • Gordon Hayward: Oh, another week, another week averaging 20+ ppg. This is notable because, honestly, Big Al didn't do that, and he took a lot more shots. Hayward isn't shooting well overall, but he killed it from deep (40.9%) and the stripe (89.7%) -- which really goes a long way when you see him shooting 5.5 threes a game and getting to the line 7.3 times. He also averaged 4.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, and 1.0 spg. These are All-Star numbers if the team had more wins back in February.
  • Derrick Favors: I'm not saying anything, I'm just saying . . . Favors getting 17 / 9 / 2 / 2 / 1.5 is very under-rated, even on his own team. He even got to the line 5.8 times a game and made 73.9% of his shots there.
  • Rudy Gobert: Young Rud didn't have the best wee ever, but did still pull down 12.3 rpg and get 2.0 apg. He wasn't a huge factor in steals, blocks. or points this week.

Bench Guards:

  • Joe Ingles: 15.8 mpg, 2.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg, and lots of misses
  • Raul Neto: 14.1 mpg, 6.8 ppg while shooting .476 / .375 / .800. Not bad, rookie. Didn't get the playing time to make an impact in rebounds, assists, or steals.
  • Trey Burke: 12.9 mpg in three games, 8.3 ppg while shooting .438 / .429 / 1.000. Yes, these numbers are comparable or better than Neto. But no one is allowed to say it. Also didn't get enough playing time to make an impact elsewhere.
  • Chris Johnson: 12.4 mpg, and like everyone not named Trey Burke, played four games. He hustled and got 2.0 rpg along with 4.5 rppg. He shot well this week.

Bench Bigs:

  • Trevor Booker: 20.0 mpg, 6.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.8 spg, 1.0 bpg -- an All-Around week despite shooting 39.1 FG% and 0/5 from deep during the week.
  • Trey Lyles: 12.6 mpg, 5.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg, and not much else that was great.
  • Jeff Withey: Got in two games, only 3.8 mpg overall. It's nice to get the blood flowing.

No Dante Exum, Alec Burks, or Tibor Pleiss as usual. I don't know if any will play over the next 12 games.

Who do you think was Player of the Week?

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