To start things off, Jazz fans were introduced to the 2018 roster. It was fun to see the Jazz players have fun with it.
If you’re not watching, you’re missing this kind of stuff ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/ZSdFYUNfda— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) September 29, 2018
Jazz fans were also treated to see Rudy Gobert be presented his Defensive Player of the Year trophy and a check that will go to the Rudy’s Kids foundation.
Promptly after receiving his trophy, Rudy brought back the tradition of having the rookies dance.
It was as uncomfortable, and funny, as it always is.
These events always produce fun, unexpected moments. Probably the cutest was seeing Derrick Favors’ little girl going through stretches with the team.
Finally, there was the three point contest and it didn’t disappoint. The Jazz had the players pair up with a “wing” and a “big.” Naz Mitrou-Long and Georges Niang won. Niang is such a lights out shooter, it was a big advantage to have him as a “big.” But that’s interesting in and of itself because the Jazz obviously think of Niang as a big.
During the three point contest there were some other surprising performances that stuck out.
Rudy Gobert was decent tonight at hitting threes! The biggest shot was a buzzer beating corner three to beat Tony Bradley.
Rudy Gobert, 3-point assassin?! pic.twitter.com/ZqJKCKgXyo— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) September 29, 2018
Dante Exum had the best shooting performance of the night when he faced off against Ricky Rubio (who had the second best performance of the night.)
Dante Exum and Ricky Rubio putting on a show at the 3-point contest! Exum ends with a score of 14 of 18 possible, Rubio hits 13. Both are the highest scores of the contest so far.— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) September 29, 2018
If this is any indication of things to come, the season is looking very bright!