On October 25, 2014 Joe Ingles was cut from the Los Angles Clippers.
Flash-forward nearly three and a half years.
On March 17th, 2018 Joe Ingles set a franchise record for most three-pointers made in a single season in Utah Jazz history.
The record-setting bucket itself came in true Joe Ingles fashion. With the Jazz up one point with two minutes remaining, Ingles came trotting down the court uncovered, stopped at the right wing and let it fly. Swish. The crowd goes nuts. Ingles looks back at the crowd with a smirk that just makes you fall in love with him all over again.
Ingles is on pace for over two hundred made threes this season, which will eventually shatter Randy Foye’s previous record of 178. No one saw this coming when the Jazz picked him up after he was cut from the Clippers, but boy are we glad that we got him in Utah.
As Ingles’ record-setting three-ball sifted through the air, time almost seemed to freeze. First of all, I knew that shot was going in. Everyone did. On TV, Boler screamed “HISTORY!!!” before the ball was even half-way to the rim. I couldn’t help but in that moment get so caught up in who Joe Ingles was as a player for the Utah Jazz.
You saw it in him the other night, when he sprinted, hurdled, and shoved his way into a scrum to stick up for his teammate Ricky Rubio.
You’ve seen it as he’s taken Donovan Mitchell under his wing, and helped the Jazz maintain a great sense of comradery while making an incredible turnaround this season.
You saw it as he has mentioned countlessly how much he loves the Utah Jazz organization, the city, the fans, and his teammates.
This guy just gets it.
I can’t imagine the pain that the front office of the Los Angeles Clippers must be going through watching him thrive in Utah and be statistically the best three-point shooter in the NBA this season. Or maybe they don’t even know, and maybe that’s what makes Joe Ingles so freaking great.
Congrats to Joe Ingles on setting the single-season record for most threes in Utah Jazz franchise history. Not many people are loved in Utah the way that Joe Ingles is, and we are all incredibly lucky to have witnessed this season by number 2.