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Utah Jazz Rank: #9 is Thabo Sefolosha

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Will the elite Swiss defender be able to contribute from the bench?

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Another vote and another newcomer. This was kind of a foregone conclusion, so no surprise that Thabo Sefolosha was the next man up. He finds himself ranked as the 9th most valuable player on the Utah Jazz roster.

Thabo Sefolosha signed a 2 year 10.5 million dollar contract this offseason, with the 2nd year being fully non-guaranteed. He’s had previous stints with the Chicago Bulls, OKC Thunder, and most recently the Atlanta Hawks.

Sefolosha is still in the league because he is such a good defender. Basketball Reference has him as the 12th best defender last season, according to their defensive rating. You know you have a deep team if that is your 9th most valuable player.

His length allows him to pester his opponents and get in the passing lane. Adding his steals percentage of 3.0 (4th overall) to Ricky Rubio’s 2.6 (10th) and Joe Ingles 2.6 (10th) should lead to a lot of steals and easy buckets.

His offense leaves a lot to be desired, averaging only 5.9 points over his career. Hopefully he can continue his respectable 3pt shooting he’s had the last couple years and not contribute to further spacing issues.

With basically every all star coming out west, and especially into the Northwest Division, having a guy like Thabo could really come in handy. We’ll have to see if and/or how he’ll work his way into Quin Snyder’s rotation.

Poll

Who is the 8th most valuable player on the Utah Jazz roster?

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  • 2%
    Derrick Favors
    (9 votes)
  • 2%
    Rodney Hood
    (8 votes)
  • 37%
    Dante Exum
    (114 votes)
  • 2%
    Ricky Rubio
    (8 votes)
  • 2%
    Joe Ingles
    (7 votes)
  • 31%
    Donovan Mitchell
    (95 votes)
  • 19%
    Joe Johnson
    (60 votes)
  • 1%
    Rudy Gobert
    (4 votes)
305 votes total Vote Now