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The Downbeat: Rodney Hood has been training in Utah all summer

Can Rodney Hood parlay his offseason workouts into a breakout year?

NBA: Playoffs-Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors
Rodney is the key piece for Utah this season
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The start of the NBA season is just over a month away, and Rudy Gobert is already #takingnote of the people who are underestimating him.

Just more fuel for his fire, folks.

Gobzilla is coming for you, DPOY trophy (just ask James Hansen)

After the series loss to Golden State, Dennis Lindsey challenged Rodney Hood. Hood responded well.

I like the dedication he’s shown this summer, and I like that most of the team has been working out together leading up to training camp. The guys on the roster have good rapport and seem to enjoy each other both on and off the court.

Ricky Rubio is looking solid in Euroleague. His per-game stats aren’t eye-popping (11 points, 4.2 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals) until you notice that he’s only playing 20.8 minutes per contest. Per 36 minutes, Rubio is producing 19 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals.

He’s been scoring efficiently, with a shooting split of 49/48/95 (*small sample size alert!*), though he’s only taken 37 total FGA and 19 free throws. Interesting to note: he’s taken more 3-pointers than 2-pointers in Euroleague play. His jumper still isn’t mechanically ideal, but if he can consistently hit catch-and-shoot threes that’s great news for the Utah Jazz.

It looks like Utah may have a 3-headed monsteRRR (Rudy, Ricky, Rodney) this season.

Jody Genessy wrote a heartfelt farewell to Utah. It’s seriously a great read.

The team and fans have been through a lot while Jody has covered the Jazz. Seriously, go read that letter.

I’ll miss him, but I’m glad he gets to spend more time with his family.

Sports Illustrated has (partially) revealed their NBA player rankings, and just released their take on players 100-51. 3 Jazz men make the list.

Where would you put Utah’s players?


Mychal here. I wanted to end this Downbeat with a hearty thank you. Our #MuscleWatch challenge starts today with 51 total people and $1,750 total raised for the pool with 30% of that going to JP Gibson’s family. There are many of you who are even donating all your winnings to JP Gibson. My heart is full. I thank all of you for taking part of this.

I know there are many who are not directly in #MuscleWatch but donated directly to the family. Thank you for doing so. You’re amazing. If you missed out on #MuscleWatch but still want to donate to JP Gibson you can donate here.

I can’t wait to see how everyone gets healthier in 4 weeks!