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Adam Silver, NBA cracks down on tampering and other big Jazz stories of the week

A look back at the biggest Jazz related stories for the week of Sept 15.

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NBA Training camp is just around the corner and soon the NBA will be back. The NBA stovetop of stories is starting to push out good content again. Last season, we tried—I tried—to do the Encore every weekend which collected the best stories from around the web both NBA and Utah Jazz related as a review. Things got busy, but we’re now committed to getting that back and going. Here’s the first Encore for the 2019-2020 season!


Partnow analysis: When it comes to scoring chances, every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end – The Athletic
For the most part, basketball analysis has occupied the former bucket described above much more than the latter. Per possession accounting is fairly straightforward, easily (for the most part) definable and trackable, and allows for borrowing a lot of techniques already developed for dissection of baseball.

However, when going possession-by-possession, we miss things. What happens in between matters. Flow sports have known this for a long time. In hockey analysis, ice time impact metrics are now routinely adjusted by the proportion of a player’s shifts which start with an offensive or defensive zone faceoffs.

And on some level, observers of basketball know it too. Commentators lament when a rushed shot leads to an easy fast break and celebrate a player earning a trip to the line to allow his team to set its defense. As discussed below, these are observable phenomena! But per possession analysis often collapses these differences into a single offensive and defensive rating of points per 100 possessions.

Hero ball: How a last-second marriage may have saved a Jazz fan’s life – The Athletic
Peterson needs a new heart. There’s no getting around that. A diehard Utah Jazz fan, a former Jazz blogger for Purple and Blues, and one of the most impactful members of Utah Jazz twitter — love him or hate him — Peterson has seen the most important muscle of his body deteriorate over time.

And he has no money to pay for a new one.

“I have a bad valve,” Peterson said. “My heart is like a car spinning its wheels on ice. The blood doesn’t pump efficiently. It clots before it can get to the rest of my body.”

Peterson shouldn’t be staring his mortality smack in the face. Not at 48 years old. Not with two young girls at home who still need raising. And not with a wife, Hollie, on his arm, as they got married last week in his hospital room in Salt Lake City.

NBA board passes stricter tampering measures
The NBA's board of governors on Friday unanimously approved a series of measures to more strictly enforce compliance with tampering and salary-cap circumvention.

In addition to being subject to fines up to $10 million, teams can also lose draft picks, executives can be suspended, and contracts can be voided when rules are not followed. In addition, teams must save communications with agents for one year, and random auditing of a team's communication with agents and other teams can take place.

NBA Execs Expect “Very Brisk” In-Season Trade Market |
“A lot of teams made big moves and spent a lot of their owners’ money,” another front-office executive said. “If things don’t start the way they want, you’re under pressure to make some short-term decisions and that should drive a lot of trade talk the whole year.”

It’s a similar situation in the West, where the stakes might be higher. The Lakers and Clippers are battling within Southern California, but both expect to be Finals contenders. The Rockets made the headline-grabbing acquisition of Russell Westbrook and having two former MVPs in the backcourt will keep Houston under pressure to win now.

Utah, meanwhile, had an outstanding offseason that makes the Jazz the most likely challenger to the L.A. teams. And two teams that were solid last season and should develop more this year, Portland and Denver, are also expecting to be contenders in the West.

Martin Schiller is the guy behind the scenes turning SLC Stars players into Utah Jazz players - The Salt Lake Tribune
In short, Schiller is the man the Jazz turn to in order to find out if someone has a certain something.

“The developmental thing is to be mentioned first — that’s the first part of the job, getting the guys better,” he said. “… Getting Georges Niang onto the first team is the thing that I get judged on.”

When last year’s first-round pick, Grayson Allen, was assigned to the Stars this past season, it wasn’t a punishment. It was an opportunity for him to get more intensive defensive instruction, and then opportunities to try out what he had learned in game situations, without the potential collateral damage of costing the Jazz needed wins.

Big man Tony Bradley has spent the better part of the past two years working with Schiller and the Stars, attempting to harness raw ability and potential by developing consistent habits. He will be the Jazz’s third-string center this season.

Projecting Rudy Gobert’s 2019-20 Numbers For The Utah Jazz
For Gobert, the seasons used were DeAndre Jordan's 2016-17, Marc Gasol's 2013-14, Joakim Noah's 2013-14, Shawn Kemp's 1997-98, Hassan Whiteside's 2017-18, Nene's 2010-11, Vlade Divac's 1996-97, Tree Rollins' 1983-84, Amir Johnson's 2015-16 and Omer Asik's 2014-15.

And the following projections don’t feel anywhere near as reliable as those already provided for Donovan Mitchell.

There’s a pretty easy explanation for that. Gobert is an historically unique player, and CARMELO’s projections are based on historical comparisons.

So, for Mitchell, his top comparison had a similarity score of 60. The top similarity score on Gobert’s projection is just 31.

And just to drive home the point on uniqueness, no one in NBA history matches or exceeds all of Gobert’s marks for true shooting percentage, rebounding percentage and block percentage.

Because there aren’t any comparisons who are truly on point with Gobert, his projections forecast a dropoff that just isn’t likely happen.

Thirty Histories: Utah Jazz - Greg Ostertag - RealGM Analysis
For reasons of desire and need, because you can’t fill every minute satisfactorily and because they asked the Heat about Bimbo Coles and got turned down, because it’s important to be fundamentally sound and because the crowd in Utah is what it is, the Jazz have, over their several decades in Salt Lake City, enjoyed the stylings of a large number of memorably doofy white guys. It’s a tradition that stretches from the Frank Layden era all the way into the present and will remain the case throughout Kyle Korver’s forthcoming 18 seasons as team president. As a managerial approach, it’s problematic, but it is heartwarming to see so much faith misplaced in Greg Foster and Adam Keefe, Matt Harpring’s scoring prowess severely overstated, the coif-disrupting abandon with which abstemious golf dads delight in Joe Ingles’s beer hall chippiness. You get the sense a lot of these people would get just as turnt for live center court readings of old William F. Buckley columns, but they’re cheering for basketball, and you can’t look sideways at that.


It speaks to the flagrant aesthetics of Greg Ostertag’s game that he was hardly celebrated in Utah. On paper, he was right up their alley: built like something out of Polish folklore, permanently on the edge of a fight he was going to lose, a player talented in either highly specific ways or not at all. A buffoon, but from a precise partisan vantage point, perhaps our buffoon. New York once fell in violent lust with Anthony Mason. These things do happen.

NBA Player Rankings - Jazzmen Over or Under Ranked? - SLC Dunk - Korumbian
To have three players in the top-30 and five in the top-65 is a pretty great feat and emphasizes just how deep our squad is going to be this season. By pure distribution you'd expect a team to have one top-30 guy and just 2-3 guys in the top-65 so we are well ahead of the curve.

So now comes the best part of rankings: quibbling! Who is overrated? Who is underrated? Where should our guys land?

We know that the top-10, in some order, are Lebron, Curry, Durant, Giannis, Kawhi, Harden, Jokic, Embiid, Paul George, and AD. Your views may differ, but I don't think any of our guys should displace anyone from this top-10. They are all world-class. So where does that leave us quibble-wise?

3 players the Utah Jazz most need to have a breakout season in 2019-20
Here’s the thing about Exum – he’s shown flashes ever since his rookie season where he’s been absolutely sensational. Perhaps the two crowning moments of that were, first, his play in the 2018 NBA Playoffs as the primary defender against James Harden wherein he did an exceptional job. The second was in a brief dozen-or-so-game stint this past season from late December to early January in which Dante was prolific.


Zach Lowe speaks with Bill Simmons about FIBA World Cup results. THIS ONE’S GOOD.

Social Media

Donovan Mitchell is back in town and eating healthy via Donovan Mitchell’s IG story.

You can never have enough pillows via Rudy Gobert’s IG story.

Mike Conley just had his bowl and bash in Memphis. Good to see him staying true to his first NBA community. :) via Mike Conley’s IG

He’s. Back.

DANTE’S PEAK via Dante Exum’s IG

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& ready, building everyday #⏰

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Jeff Green and his wife living their best life via Jeff Green’s IG

Miye Oni bleeds BYU—er—Yale blue and white. via Miye Oni’s IG

Our very own James Hansen got REKT for science and in front of Royce O’Neale. (You’ll hear more about this experience in an article this upcoming week and on the SLC Punks Podcast).