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Who’s still left on the Utah Jazz roster after preseason?

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The Utah Jazz have signed 3 players then released 5 in only 8 days. Let’s keep track.

Utah Jazz v New Orleans Pelicans Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

You’re forgiven if you don’t know who is on the Utah Jazz roster currently outside of who NBA2K20 plays in the default team rotations. The Utah Jazz started training camp with 20 players then they signed four more in the last week then they parted ways with five different players in the last three days. One of those players who was released we didn’t even know was on the roster until it was announced he was released.

To make this easier for you, we have split up the roster into four categories of players: guaranteed contracts, non-guaranteed contract, Exhibit 10s, and two way contracts. By the beginning of the season, Utah can only have a maximum of 15 players on its roster and a maximum of 2 Two Way Contract Players. Below are the descriptions of each contract.

  • Guaranteed Contract - Players receive the full guaranteed amount even if it is terminated (waived) by the team early. That money is “guaranteed.”
  • Non-Guaranteed Contract - Can be terminated at any point and the organization is no longer on the hook for whatever amount is remaining - that money is “not guaranteed.”
  • Exhibit 10 contract - Allowed by the NBA’s last Collective Bargaining Agreement. A one-year, minimum salary NBA contract with a specific Exhibit 10 attachment built into it and no other bonuses. Exhibit 10 attachments allow players to earn a bonus of $5,000 to $50,000 in the event that they are waived by the NBA team, then sign a deal with that franchise’s G League affiliate* and remain with that affiliate team for 60 days.
  • Two Way Contract - NBA teams may have up to two players under NBA Two-Way Contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team. Two-Way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players in their fourth NBA season or earlier are able to sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.

2019 Utah Jazz Training Camp Roster

Guaranteed Contracts Non/Partial Guaranteed Two-Way Contracts Exhibit 10 Deals
Guaranteed Contracts Non/Partial Guaranteed Two-Way Contracts Exhibit 10 Deals
Mike Conley Georges Niang Justin Wright-Foreman Stanton Kidd
Rudy Gobert Royce O’Neale Jarrell Brantley William Howard
Bojan Bogdanovic Juwan Morgan
Joe Ingles Trevon Bluiett
Dante Exum Mike Scott
Ed Davis Kyle Collinsworth
Donovan Mitchell Isaac Haas
Tony Bradley Anthony Lawrence II
Jeff Green
Emmanuel Mudiay
Miye Oni
Nigel Williams-Goss
Italics = Roster spot not in question | Strikeout = Released from roster

There are currently two players vying for the last roster spot on the Jazz’s opening day roster. Those two players are Stanton Kidd and William Howard. Now it should be noted that Utah does not necessarily have to fill all their roster spots. They could ultimately cut both Stanton Kidd and William Howard and go into the season with only 14 players and 2 Two Way Contract Players.

The other hypothetical is they could cut both and go after another player. David J. Smith pointed this out the yesterday on Twitter. Back in 2014, the Utah Jazz cut Carrick Felix when some scrub named Joe Ingles became available. Crazier things have happened.

Here’s how those two have played during the preseason.

Preseason Stats: Kidd vs Howard

PLAYER AGE GP MIN PTS FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT% OREB DREB REB AST TOV STL BLK PF FP DD2 TD3 +/-
PLAYER AGE GP MIN PTS FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT% OREB DREB REB AST TOV STL BLK PF FP DD2 TD3 +/-
Stanton Kidd 27 5 9.5 3.4 1.4 3.6 38.9 0.2 2 10 0.4 0.4 100 0 1.6 1.6 0.6 0.4 0 0 0.6 5.8 0 0 3.8
William Howard 25 3 11.5 6.7 2.7 4.7 57.1 1 2.7 37.5 0.3 0.3 100 0 2 2 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 1.7 13.4 0 0 1.7

If I were going to give someone the edge, it would be William Howard. He looks like diamond in the rough type player. He’s been a plus player every time he’s been on the court and he’s knocking down 38% of his shots from outside. He’s averaging an absurd 0.7 blocks and 0.7 steals in only 11.5 minutes a game. He also is two years younger than Stanton Kidd. If Utah does decide to bring 15 on their main roster, William Howard seems to be the guy to stick around.