The Utah Jazz announced they have signed Justin James to a two-way contract.
We have signed guard Justin James to a two-way contract.https://t.co/J3nLGoYVEE— utahjazz (@utahjazz) September 22, 2021
It’s an interesting signing because James brings some nice tools to the table. He’s a 6’6” small forward that might have some nice upside.
Selected 40th overall by the Kings in 2019, James saw very little time with the Kings. A quick glance at his stats shows some promise as his percentages all improved. He went from 31% from three to 36% as well as improving his free throw and overall field goal percentage. It’s on a very small sample so this is obviously a play by the Jazz to take on a player with a chance to develop.
6’6” wings aren’t the easiest to come by. If the Jazz can turn James into a solid defender at the wing, you can see that he has the ability to get his shot and hit spot-up threes from this highlight package.
It’s also important to note that training camp is coming soon and the Jazz are probably hoping to fill their roster so they can have NBA bodies on the court to train. James may or may not end up being a long-term piece, but he will definitely be filling the role of opposing wings on the practice court to help the Jazz get ready.
Whatever the outcome, it’s nice to see the Jazz picking up players with potential.