The NBA Summer League season is starting shortly. The Utah Jazz will be playing in Las Vegas and at home this summer. When we last checked in there were but nine player rumored to be on the team. The size has been leaked to at least 13 guys -- but there's going to be more. The last four summers the Jazz had more than 15 guys, and not every player will be available to run with the Jazz in Salt Lake and Las Vegas. But our list and the list by Andy gives us this NEW list:
|4||Spencer Butterfield||USA||2||6||3||205||23.74||10||11||1992||140||4,098||29.27||--||--||2014||Utah State||Sr.|
|6||J.J. O'Brien (SL)||USA||3||6||7||228||24.25||4||8||1992||184||5,484||29.81||--||--||2015||San Diego St.||Sr.|
|13||Mike Tobey (LV)||USA||5||7||0||253||21.74||10||10||1994||146||2,326||15.93||--||--||2016||Virginia||Sr.|
What has changed since the last list? Who was added?
- Spencer Butterfield will lead the shooting guard group. He played all four seasons in college (the first two years at Yuba do not have stats included here), but finished up at Utah State. He was 100% a shooter there, and went undrafted in 2014. He played the last two seasons in Europe (minor league in Spain, and then Lithuania last season). In the NCAAs he shot .445 from deep over his last two seasons (taking more than four threes a game); in Europe he shot over .400 there as well in each of his last two seasons, shooting about four threes again there. He doesn't move the needle on rebounds, or assists, or steals, but makes his free throws and shoots a high percentage. He's short for the position. I don't know if he can defend. But if he sits on Wallace's shoulders then it should be okay.
- Shonn Miller went undrafted this year, as he was supposed to. He's got that level size for a guard, which allows him to get his shot off. As a Senior he shot .572 / .375 / .802, which isn't shabby at all. He has more of an all around game on the glass and skirting outside to hit open jumpers.
- Terry Allen is another wing who went undrafted. This time around I didn't bother to post their agents info because I don't know if it matters. I'm calling this guy a wing, but it's a tweener for sure, and at 240 lbs he's probably someone who wants to play closer to the basket than not. He finished his last NCAA year with 17 and 8 averages, adding 2 dimes, almost 2 steals, and almost 1 three a game. His shooting is not consistent from year to year, especially not from deep (.303 .378 .242 .308) but if he can continue spacing the floor he could be that new era husky SF / skilled short PF everyone loves. Actually, in the next roster update I'll just put him at PF. Who cares, right? It's position-less basketball anyway.
- Mike Tobey is the baby of the group, he's only 21. He's a 7 footer who also went undrafted. As a senior he only played 16 mpg, and in his time he averaged 7 and 4, while, well, being what you'd expect -- a tall, not really skilled, young, white dude in a long line of tall, underskilled tall white dudes. (Tall underskilled black guys are all still called athletes somehow. I know, racism is just the worst!) He has that unique game where he shot .601 FG% as a senior and .620 from the FT%. He also hoisted up some threes, making .200 3PT%. I don't know what's most impressive about him. I'm still trying to find out. But a big who maybe can shoot? At the very least he's a measuring stick to use against Tibor Pleiss.
J.J. is still only going to be with the team for the SLC portion of the summer. Mikey only for the Vegas action. I still expect the team to announce, maybe four more guys. It's going to be exciting to see this happen, probably tomorrow, when I'm driving and unable to post anything.