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Utah Jazz predictably under-represented in NBA’s Top 100 plays of the 2016-2015 Season video

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Because sometimes you actually have to be the squeaky wheel

Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

I stumbled upon the NBA’s Top 100 plays of the 2015-2016 season video. It was a fun recap of the year that features all of the emotions of the past season: game winners, great hustle play, devastating blocks, and lots and lots of fancy footwork. It was a great year for guards. And lovers of the long-ball have never been happier. In the end we saw epic battles between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, and the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Of course, I’d point out that the Toronto Raptors (the last of the Final Four teams in the NBA Playoffs) had a tremendous year as well, but there seems to be some sort of media wall along the 49th Parallel.

If you watch the video, and I hope that you do, you’ll see that all 30 teams have at least one showing. Curiously, almost every team is also on the receiving end of at least one highlight. This was very carefully curated, I’d wager. If this list was to be somewhat uniform, every team would get at least three highlights. That wasn’t the case, with three teams monopolizing the highlights. Of course, the Cavaliers (17), Warriors (15), and Thunder (8) played in a lot of games this year, so had more plays to possibly be highlights. (Add it up, it’s 40% of the Top 100 video for just three teams.) But then again, the Raptors (4) played almost as many games as those four teams, but weren’t up there. Furthermore, more than half the league (17 teams) clocked in at 2 or fewer highlights.

Talent isn’t uniformly distributed in the NBA, so neither should be the highlights. So enjoy them:

If you are interested in the tally, here it goes:

Team Primary Seconday Type Against
100 Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant Off Dunk (Driving) Houston Rockets Clint Capella
99 New Orleans Pelicans Jrue Holiday Off Game Winner Brooklyn Nets Team
98 Charlotte Hornets Marvin Williams Nicolas Batum Off Dunk (Cutting) Philadelphia 76ers Carl Landry
97 Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas Jared Sullinger Off No-Look pass Detroit Pistons Andre Drummond
96 Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James Kyrie Irving Off Acrobatic Finish Toronto Raptors Bismack Biyombo
95 Denver Nuggets Kenneth Faried Def Blocked Oop Oklahoma City Thunder Kyle Singler
94 Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving Matthew Dellavedova Off Buzzer Beater Detroit Pistons Tobias Harris
93 Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry Draymond Green Off Behind the Back pass Utah Jazz Chris Johnson
92 Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving Off Dribble Drive Toronto Raptors Team
91 San Antonio Spurs Tony Parker Tim Duncan Off Behind the Back pass New York Knicks Robin Lopez
90 Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving LeBron James Off Broken Ankle (Jumper) Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry
89 Denver Nuggets Will Barton Off Acrobatic Finish Indiana Pacers Jordan Hill
88 Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin Wesley Johnson Off Alley-Oop Three Denver Nuggets Team
87 Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James Richard Jefferson Off Halfcourt bounce pass Washington Wizards Team
86 Brooklyn Nets Brook Lopez Off Acrobatic And-One Toronto Raptors Bismack Biyombo
85 Toronto Raptors Cory Joseph Kyle Lowry Off Broken Ankle Assist Charlotte Hornets Kemba Walker
84 Boston Celtics Marcus Smart Off Acrobatic Finish Brooklyn Nets Team
83 Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James Matthew Dellavedova Off Dunk (Cutting) Detroit Pistons Reggie Bullock
82 Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry Andrew Bogut Off Stepback Three Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki
81 Brooklyn Nets Shane Larkin Def Miracle Blocked shot New York Knicks Jerian Grant
80 Washington Wizards John Wall Off Acrobatic Finish Indiana Pacers Monta Ellis
79 Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas Def Chasedown Block Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul
78 Memphis Grizzlies Vince Carter Off Heave (3/4 Court) Minnesota Timberwolves Tyus Jones
77 Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James Off Go-head score Brooklyn Nets Brook Lopez
76 Sacramento Kings Rajon Rondo Rudy Gay Off Fake Behind Back Utah Jazz Trey Burke
75 Orlando Magic Nikola Vucevic Elfrid Payton Off Game Winner Atlanta Hawks Al Horford
74 Minnesota Timberwolves Ricky Rubio Gorgui Dieng Off No-Look pass Brooklyn Nets Team
73 Orlando Magic Nikola Vucevic Tobias Harris Off Game Winner Los Angeles Lakers Roy Hibbert
72 Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving Off Broken Ankle (Jumper) Minnesota Timberwolves Tayshaun Prince
71 Sacramento Kings Ben McLemore Off Broken Ankle (Jumper) Dallas Mavericks Deron Williams
70 Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry Draymond Green Off Hop Step Gather Three San Antonio Spurs Kawhi Leonard
69 Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo Off Fake Pass Dunk Brooklyn Nets Shane Larkin
68 Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns Off Dunk (Contact) Phoenix Suns Jon Leuer, Mirza Teletovic
67 Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant Off Dribble Drive Cleveland Cavaliers Richard Jefferson
66 Philadelphia 76ers Richaun Holmes Hollis Thompson Off Dunk (Contact) Atlanta Hawks Al Horford
65 Toronto Raptors Cory Joseph DeMar DeRozan Off Game Winner Washington Wizards Team
64 Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry Off Dribble Drive Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant
63 Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook Off Dunk (Power) Philadelphia 76ers Jerami Grant
62 Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant Off Go-head score Utah Jazz Team Shame
61 Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James Off Dribble Drive New York Knicks Jose Calderon
60 Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant Off Dribble Drive Los Angeles Lakers Julius Randle
59 Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard Off Acrobatic Finish Minnesota Timberwolves Team
58 Phoenix Suns Brandon Knight Off Broken Ankle (Jumper) Los Angeles Lakers Marcelo Huertas
57 New York Knicks Kristaps Porzingis Off Dunk (O.Board) Toronto Raptors Team
56 Indiana Pacers Myles Turner Def Blocked Dunk Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James
55 Miami Heat Dwyane Wade Off Heave (Halfcourt) Minnesota Timberwolves Ricky Rubio
54 Detroit Pistons Andre Drummond Off Heave (3/4 Court) Toronto Raptors Pattrick Patterson
53 Sacramento Kings Rajon Rondo Marco Bellineli Off Behind the Back pass Oklahoma City Thunder Serge Ibaka
52 Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant Off Game Winner Orlando Magic Tobias Harris
51 Portland Trail Blazers Tim Frazier Noah Vonleh Off Save Ball, Oop Utah Jazz Chris Johnson
50 Miami Heat Dwyane Wade Off Dunk (O.Board) Toronto Raptors Bismack Biyombo
49 Golden State Warriors Harrison Barnes Off Dunk (Driving) Houston Rockets Dwight Howard
48 Dallas Mavericks Dwight Powell J.J. Barea Off Dunk (Contact) Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns
47 Golden State Warriors Shaun Livingston Off Dunk (Driving) Cleveland Cavaliers Richard Jefferson
46 Oklahoma City Thunder Steven Adams Kevin Durant Off Dunk (Contact) Golden State Warriors Draymond Green
45 Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant Off Dunk (Driving) Miami Heat Josh McRoberts, Chris Bosh
44 Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry Andre Iguodala Off Steal, Alley-oop Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah
43 Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry Harrison Barnes Off No-Look pass New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Tolliver
42 Brooklyn Nets Joe Johnson Donald Sloan Off Broken Ankle (Jumper) Denver Nuggets Jusuf Nurkic
41 Atlanta Hawks Paul Millsap Tiago Splitter Off Dunk (Driving) Milwaukee Bucks John Henson
40 Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James Off Dunk (Driving) Dallas Mavericks Devin Harris
39 Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry Off Steal, And-one Memphis Grizzlies Courtney Lee
38 Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James J.R. Smith Off Dunk (Cutting) Milwaukee Bucks Open Sky
37 Utah Jazz Gordon Hayward Joe Ingles Off Game Winner Dallas Mavericks Zaza Pachulia
36 Indiana Pacers Paul George Off Heave (O.Board) Atlanta Hawks Kent Bazemore, Paul Millsap
35 Brooklyn Nets Joe Johnson Jarrett Jack Off Game Winner Denver Nuggets Danilo Gallinari
34 Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry Off Steal, Heave (Halfcourt) Memphis Grizzlies Russ Smith
33 Golden State Warriors Andre Iguodala Stephen Curry Off Broken Play Layup Oklahoma City Thunder Team
32 Houston Rockets James Harden Patrick Beverly Off Dunk (Driving) Chicago Bulls Pau Gasol
31 Memphis Grizzlies Matt Barnes Off Game Winner, Heave (Halfcourt) Detroit Pistons Team
30 Los Angeles Lakers Larry Nance Jr. Off Dunk (Driving) Golden State Warriors Festus Ezeli
29 Utah Jazz Alec Burks Derrick Favors Off Dunk (Driving) Phoenix Suns Jon Leuer
28 Miami Heat Dwyane Wade Off Broken Ankle (Jumper) New York Knicks Langston Galloway
27 Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas Jae Crowder Off Behind the Back pass Milwaukee Bucks Team
26 Chicago Bulls Pau Gasol Jimmy Butler Off Game Winner, Oop Indiana Pacers Paul George
25 Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry Draymond Green Off Dunk (Pick and Roll) Portland Trail Blazers Team
24 Memphis Grizzlies Mario Chalmers Off Game Winner Detroit Pistons Team
23 Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James J.R. Smith Off Off Glass Oop Los Angeles Lakers Team
22 Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry Corey Joseph Off Heave (Halfcourt) Miami Heat Justise Winslow
21 Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo Off Dunk (Driving) Oklahoma City Thunder Serge Ibaka
20 Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving Off Dribble Drive Houston Rockets Team
19 New York Knicks Arron Afflalo Off Broken Ankle (Jumper) Detroit Pistons Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
18 Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving Off Acrobatic And-One Golden State Warriors Draymond Green
17 Los Angeles Clippers DeAndre Jordan Chris Paul Off Dunk (Cutting) Milwaukee Bucks Greg Monroe
16 Houston Rockets Dwight Howard Marcus Thornton Off Alley-Oop New York Knicks Kristaps Porzingis
15 Los Angeles Clippers J.J. Redick Chris Paul Off Game Winner Portland Trail Blazers C.J. McCollum
14 Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook Off Off butt inbound Utah Jazz Rodney Hood
13 Dallas Mavericks Deron Williams Devin Harris Off Game Winner Sacramento Kings Rudy Gay
12 Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas Avery Bradley Off Game Winner Cleveland Cavaliers Iman Shumpert
11 Golden State Warriors Festus Ezeli Def Blocked Dunk Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin
10 Memphis Grizzlies Jeff Green Courtney Lee Off Game Winner, Oop Phoenix Suns Jon Leuer
9 Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry Off Heave (Looking for foul) Memphis Grizzlies Russ Smith
8 Denver Nuggets Emmanuel Mudiay Darrell Arthur Off Game Winner, Heave (Halfcourt) Philadelphia 76ers Team
7 Orlando Magic Aaron Gordon Victor Oladipo Off Dunk (Windmill) Los Angeles Lakers No Defense
6 Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan Off Dunk (Contact) Utah Jazz Rudy Gobert
5 Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook Off Dueling Game Winners Orlando Magic Victor Oladipo
4 Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James Kyrie Irving Off Alley-Oop Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry
3 Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving Off Championship three Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry
2 Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry Off Game Winner Oklahoma City Thunder Team
1 Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James J.R. Smith Def Championship block Golden State Warriors Andre Iguodala

And when you format the data by team, you get a much more interesting tale. (Ranked by most highlights to least, in the case of ties the ratio between Top 100 highlights to lowlights is used, and any further tiebreaker is for their highest ranked hightlight.)

The 5 to 3 Highlights club:

BOS UND MEM 1.33 BKN 0.80 TOR 0.67 SAC 3.00 ORL 1.50 LAC 1.50 MIA 1.50 DEN 1.00 LAL 0.60
TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP
1 12 10 9 35 69 6 50 53 13 7 5 15 11 28 22 8 35 30 7
2 27 24 34 42 74 22 54 71 73 52 17 79 50 45 89 42 62 23
3 79 31 39 81 77 65 57 76 75 88 55 95 88 100 58
4 84 78 86 84 85 86 60
5 97 99 92 73
6 96

That Joe Johnson sure is something else, huh?

The 2 Highlights club:

POR 1.00 HOU 0.67 IND 0.67 DAL 0.50 MIL 0.50 NYK 0.40 MIN 0.40 UTA 0.33
TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP
1 51 15 16 20 36 26 13 37 21 17 19 16 68 48 29 6
2 59 25 32 49 56 80 48 40 69 27 57 28 74 55 37 14
3 100 89 71 38 61 59 51
4 82 41 81 72 62
5 91 78 76
6 93

Here we find the mighty Utah Jazz, a 40 win team, that I feel like are on the rise. I am not alone in that regard. They do seem to take a pounding here with how many times they are on the receiving end.

The 1 Highlight club:

SAS 1.00 CHA 1.00 NOP 1.00 CHI 0.50 WAS 0.50 ATL 0.33 PHX 0.33 PHI 0.33 DET 0.17
TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP TM OPP
1 91 70 98 85 99 43 26 32 80 65 41 36 58 10 66 8 54 19
2 44 87 66 29 63 24
3 75 68 98 31
4 83
5 94
6 97

That dunk by Marvin Williams? Amazing. I can’t do that. But on the other hand, that Tony Parker pass to Tim Duncan? I think they’re just trying to keep pushing that legacy. The teams with the five worst ratios of “highlights to being the on the recieving end of highlights” were the Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, and Detroit Pistons; these teams are teams that either have poor home attendance, are in medium to small markets, or are generally not that popular.

I do not see a co-incidence here, more probably a correlation. Of course, the Memphis Grizzlies had four highlights — but despite their unpopularity and market size, they really earned it. Three game winners at the buzzer and one 34 quarter court heave? And one of the game winners was an alley-oop dunk? Memphis earned it. I still shake my head that there were so few Raptors highlights.

Meh.

If they return to the East Finals maybe they will earn some more respect from the marketing people -- even if they lost Bismack Biyombo (three times put on a poster in the Top 100 video).

As for the Jazz, I am still really HAPPY that we got to see two highlights. The Gordon Hayward game winner over Zaza Pachulia was key, and should have been a turning point for the team. The Alec Burks “dunk” on Jon Leuer was an exciting finish. But I don’t think that these were the best Jazz plays of the season.

What do you think?