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Utah Jazz Player of the Week 21: Shelvin Mack's "sight for sore eyes" week

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"Git offa me, Nutso!"
"Git offa me, Nutso!"
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Okay ladies and gentlemen, now we are back on track. LAST week the Utah Jazz went out there and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 94-85, beat the Phoenix Suns 103-69, then lost to the Chicago Bulls 92-85, only to bounce back the next night and take care of business against the Milwaukee Bucks 94-85. Three wins. One loss. That's a good week. That's a week you can feel good about. Especially when you factor in that two of the three wins were wins the team earned without their most versatile offensive player, Gordon Hayward. Utah needs to keep playing well against teams if they want to make the playoffs. But moreso, they need to continue winning. And I think with the group of rotation players they have right now it's clear that they can do just that.

Let's take a look at what our guys did last week:

2015 2016 Week 21 - Player Stat Table


  • Dante Exum: Our baby Kangaroo is still in pouch mode. He's not one of your fancy "out of the pouch" baby Kangaroos.
  • Rodney Hood: Hood played in all four games, and played in 34.5 mpg -- second best on the team. He averaged 15.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg, and 2.3 threes a game. He didn't shoot particularly well (.373 / .273) but we struggled for years with C.J. Miles, so maybe it's not so bad. C.J. eventually became a legit maker of shots, not just a shooter of shots.
  • Gordon Hayward: Guess what, Gordon didn't lead the team in scoring this week, only 13.5 ppg. He only played in two games, and didn't really have his best shooting week either (.345 / .286 ) He made his free throws (something Rodney also does), but this week that pair only got to the line 3.5 times a game. What Gordo does do is more than just score, he added 4.0 rpg, 3.5 apg (nearly a 3:1 assist to turn over ratio this week), 1.0 spg, and 2.0 made threes a game. He really wasn't himself though. And it showed.
  • Derrick Favors: Derrick started all four games, played only 31.6 mpg, but led the team in scoring with 16.8 ppg. He's bigtime and has been big with Gordon out. He didn't average a double double, but he did average 6.3 rpg, 1.8 bpg, 1.3 spg, and 0.5 apg. He also led the team in FTA per game with 4.0, which isn't Burks-like, but it's nice to see our 2nd banana getting some respect from the refs.
  • Rudy Gobert: Gobzilla left the court with 7.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.8 spg, and 1.5 bpg averages. He was +45 in +/- even if he's not getting the ball. He did shoot .524 / -- / .857 this week. That's pretty awesome for your center.

Key Bench:

  • Shelvin Mack: Mack's week is pretty up there in Jazz point guard history. He's not a Hall of Fame level player, but you tip your hat to someone who averages 15.0 ppg, 10.0 apg, 6.0 rpg, and 0.8 spg. He was absolutely a killer all week long, and even shot .490 / .583 / .714. He led the team +/- with +53 and was tops in PRASB per game (31.8), and second in PRASB / min. The only thing he didn't do was block shots. But he did do everything you want from a point guard, as he even had a 3.08 to 1.00 assist to turn over ratio. It was a great week.
  • Alec Burks: Continues to be "ready to play after the All-Star game," actually, I guess I should update you all on the latest hearsay in a separate post.
  • Joe Ingles: Joe started in two games (the table doesn't show it, I messed up there), and averaged 25.2 mpg when he was in them. He responded with very strong shooting, .520 / .526 / -- on his way to averaging 9.0 ppg. No doubt a huge part of that is hitting a team high 2.5 threes a game. He also hustled his way to 4.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.5 spg, and 0.2 bpg. I have no trouble saying that this week Ingles was our 5th best player on the team.
  • Trevor Booker: Booker only saw 13.2 mpg of action, but did play in all four games. He averaged 2.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.0 apg, and shot 45.5 fg%. Solid, unspectacular, and Lyles is eating into his minutes.
  • Jeff Withey: My man played in one game, and 5.2 total minutes. He had three rebounds and an assist in five minutes. That's pretty good.

End of Bench:

  • Raul Neto: Neto is still getting some minutes but the transition from starter to back-up has been taken in stride, but it's still a transition. In his 16.4 mpg he averaged 8.0 ppg. A big part of that is shooting .619 / .500 / .500 for the week. He's not perfect from the line, but he was nearly perfect from the field. he called his own shot a little more this week, but sometimes you are there to finish plays and not always start them. It's something Earl Watson and other Jazz back-ups never grasped.
  • Trey Burke: Trey played in two games and averaged 7.3 mpg. This may be the first time in a long time that Neto averaged more ppg than him. Trey didn't shoot well, but in his time on the court he still found a way to average 1.0 rpg, 1.0 spg, and finish with a 2:1 assist to turn over ratio. For those keeping score at home, he was 0.3 apg off of beating Neto in RPG, APG, and A:TO. It doesn't matter though.
  • Chris Johnson: Christapher played in all four games and got in for 13.4 mpg of action. He shot .143 / .125 / .500 this week and wasn't that effective. He did average 2.0 rpg. He, like Neto, did find a wy to be +19 in +/- this week.
  • Trey Lyles: Lyles should be in the "Key Bench" section but I still believe in the outdated model of PG/SG/SF/PF/C. And I can't yet put two PFs in the same line. But Lyles had a great bounce-back week where he played nearly 20 mpg, and dropped 11.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 spg, 0.8 spg, and 1.8 threes a game. Shooting .529 / .467 / 1.000 is a great way to make an impact. And he did.
  • Tibor Pleiss: Tibor spent the entire week down with the Idaho Stampede and didn't play in any Jazz games. I guess at some point I should be recapping what he's doing there . . . you know . . .I guess.

So who do you think was player of the week?


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