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Utah Jazz Player of the Week: Week 21

The Jazz went 0-3 in their 21st week of ball.

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Obviously not a good week for the Jazz. They played 3 games and lost all of them. While the effort in San Antonio was great, it was only there for one quarter in Houston and don't get me started on losing to a starless Knicks team AT the ESA. A lot of uphill climbing if we even want to sniff the playoffs.

Mo Williams

Weekly Line: 12 PPG (39.5%), 2.6 RPG, 6.3 APG (1.7 TOs), 0 BPG, 1.7 SPG, -10.7 +/- (32 MINS)

We saw some good and bad from Mo last week. He didn't play to well early, shooting a combined 6-21 in the NY/HOU games, but was a big factor in our near W in SAS dropping 23 points (9-17 FG, 2-4 3PT) and 8 assists. I get the vibe that Mo often feels he needs to put the team on his back and it seems to cause him to take some bad shots. Don't get me wrong, I think we very much need his scoring, but when he acts as the first option I feel like it hurts more then it helps sometimes. I know I criticize his shot selection a lot, but it's easy to criticize at times. He wasn't just bad I said, Mo played great against the Spurs, and finished second on the team in steals. Oh, and 3.7 assists for every TO isn't too shabby either.

Randy Foye

Weekly Line: 7 PPG (44%), 1 RPG, 2 APG (1 TOs), 0 BPG, .3 SPG, -6 +/- (24.7 MINS)

Randy didn't put up any jaw-dropping numbers last week, but he did show signs of possibly breaking out of the cold streak. While his game against the Knicks was far from impressive (3-10 FG, 1-6 3PT), he was much more efficient in the other two games shooting 2/3 from deep in both of them and finishing 5-8 overall on his FG's. If Foye is going to get hot the time is now.

Gordon Hayward

Weekly Line: 16.3 PPG (43.6%), 5.3 RPG, 3.3 APG (2 TOs), 1.7 BPG, .7 SPG, -5 +/- (37.7 MINS)

Another nice week for Gordon. He was the team leader in scoring and finished second in both assists and blocks *insert Sam Mitchell joke here* and has just been playing really good basketball overall. He was huge in Houston, pouring in 27 points while shooting 60%, including 3/4 on three's. Hayward struggled with his shot vs the Spurs, going just 2-10 from the field, but was able to contribute elsewhere grabbing 6 boards and dishing out 5 assists to go along with a block. His assist/TO numbers aren't excellent, but averaging just 2 TOs while playing just under 40 minutes is pretty respectable. Lastly, he's been on fire from downtown, as he connected on 7 of his 12 attempts (that's 58.3%).

Paul Millsap

Weekly Line: 13 PPG (46.9%), 5 RPG, 1.3 APG (2.3 TOs), 1.3 BPG, 2 SPG, -11.7 +/- (29.3 MINS)

Okay week for Paul. I don't feel like he played horrible, but I do feel like the team needs to get more outta him. His best game was vs the Rockets, he had 16 points (6-10 FG) and 4 rebounds. Paul's highest rebound total for the week was 6. He still has had super quick hands on D, recording 2 steals in all 3 games (led team). One thing I've noticed as I've done the weekly stats is that Millsap almost always has the highest +/- among starters, that wasn't the case this week as he had the worst on the team.

Al Jefferson

Weekly Line: 15.3 (40%), 11.7 RPG, 3 APG (2.3 TOs), .7 BPG, 1.7 SPG, -5.7 +/- (38.7 MINS)

Not what I wanted to see from Al. 40% from the field is way too low for Jefferson, especially when he is going to the line only 3x in 116 minutes. It's really not a surprise that we lost all of our games this week when you look at Al's shooting numbers. As of right now, the Jazz are 15-3 when he shoots 55% or better from the field. We go as he goes. Al has got to simply make more shots if we want to make the POs. On the bright side, his rebounding was solid (led team) and he did a good job moving the ball out of the post, finishing the week with 9 assists.

Alec Burks

Weekly Line: 10 PPG (50%), 1.7 RPG, .7 APG (1 TOs), 0 BPG, .3 SPG, +6 +/- (19.7 MINS)

Nothing too flashy from Burks last week. His minutes are down a bit, so it's not to surprising to see some of his numbers dip as well. He did have a nice game against the Spurs, shooting 6-9 (2-3 3PT) to score 14 points. I'm still pleased with his effort and defense. The Jazz will need him to step up coming off the bench, especially with the loss of Enes Kanter.

Marvin Williams

Weekly Line: 7 PPG (47.4%), 6 RPG, .7 APG (.3 TOs), .3 BPG, .3 SPG, -3.3 +/- (28 MINS)

Really not a bad week for Marv. He's slowly making a better impact on offense, but is still a bit inconsistent. Williams was a factor in two games last week. He scored 10 in NY to go along with 6 boards, and had a near double-double in San Antonio (9 points, 9 boards) to go with an extremely clutch three.

Derrick Favors

Weekly Line: 6 PPG (35.3%), 8 RPG, .7 APG (2.3 TOs), 2.3 BPG, 1.3 SPG, +6.3 +/- (21 MINS)

Familiar stuff from Favs. He didn't help out much on offense, but continued to play great D and rebound well. Derrick really really had a hard time against the Knicks. He was just 1-7 from the field and 5-12 from the FT line. On a more positive note, he led the team in blocks (as usual) and was third in steals (he also finished the week with just 6 total fouls). His 8 rebounds per game works out to be 13.7 per 36 minutes. Oh yeah, he also demolished Matt Bonner.

Enes Kanter

Weekly Line: 2.7 PPG (12.5%), 1.7 RPG, .3 APG (1.3 TOs), 0 BPG, .3 SPG, -1.3 +/- (10.3 MINS)

Rough week for the Big Turk. He barely made it off the bench, and when he wasn't that impressive. Kanter was just 1-8 on his field goals, and nearly finished the week with more turnovers (4) then rebounds (5). Get well soon!

Players who didn't play enough: Earl Watson, Jeremy Evans, Kevin Murphy, Jamaal Tinsley, DeMarre Carroll

Player of the Week: Week 21



Gordon Hayward: 16.3 PPG (43.6%), 5.3 RPG, 3.3 APG (2 TOs), 1.7 BPG, .7 SPG, -5 +/- (37.7 MINS)

Runner up: Derrick Favors

Special Mentions: Paul Millsap, Randy Foye, Marvin Williams