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Utah Jazz Player stats reveal good building blocks, but shallow depth

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Where the eye-ball test and the stats come together to lead to super obvious conclusions

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I have no idea why I am doing this because there are so many more interesting things to look at this season, or write about . . . but the Utah Jazz player stats are fascinating. There are a few really good pieces to work around with Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert, and Rodney Hood. We theorize utility going forward with healthy and more experience for pieces Dante Exum, Raul Neto, Alec Burks, and Trey Lyles. And right now there are some valuable players filling needed roles right now with Trey Burke and Trevor Booker. However, we've seen a lack of depth this year and a significant falling off from the best players to the players who are supposed to be supporting them.

Utah Jazz Players vs. NBA Rank:

This first boring thing, out of several boring things, is how the players stack up in Minutes per game (MPG), Points per game (PPG), Assists per game (APG), Rebounds per game (RPG), Steals per game (SPG), and Blocks per game (BPG). Only three times we see a Jazzman up in the Top 10 of any category. Nine are top 50, and 20 are in the Top 100. G-Time is getting minutes and producing on the court. Some other guys? Not so much.

Player MPG Rank Player PPG Rank Player APG Rank
1 Gordon Hayward 36.1 10 1 Gordon Hayward 19.9 24 1 Gordon Hayward 3.6 58
2 Rudy Gobert 33.1 44 2 Derrick Favors 16.6 46 2 Rodney Hood 2.6 97
3 Derrick Favors 32.1 59 3 Rodney Hood 14.9 63 3 Trey Burke 2.6 99
4 Rodney Hood 31.4 71 4 Alec Burks 14.3 70 4 Raul Neto 2.5 103
5 Alec Burks 27.1 112 5 Trey Burke 11.5 114 5 Alec Burks 2.1 126
6 Trey Burke 23.5 175 6 Rudy Gobert 10.5 131 6 Rudy Gobert 1.7 164
7 Trevor Booker 22.3 188 7 Raul Neto 6.3 245 7 Derrick Favors 1.6 172
8 Raul Neto 20.6 217 8 Trevor Booker 5.7 267 8 Trevor Booker 1.0 254
9 Trey Lyles 16.9 268 9 Jeff Withey 4.7 304 9 Elijah Millsap 1.0 272
10 Joe Ingles 14.3 307 10 Trey Lyles 4.6 305 10 Joe Ingles 1.0 274
11 Jeff Withey 14.2 309 11 Joe Ingles 3.9 325 11 Chris Johnson 0.8 311
12 Chris Johnson 12.3 328 12 Chris Johnson 3.1 361 12 Trey Lyles 0.7 323
13 Elijah Millsap 8.7 391 13 Tibor Pleiss 2.0 411 13 Jeff Withey 0.4 370
14 Tibor Pleiss 6.8 409 14 Elijah Millsap 1.8 413 14 Erick Green 0.3 411
15 Erick Green 4.7 428 15 Erick Green 1.4 422 15 Tibor Pleiss 0.2 424
16 J.J. O'Brien 3.0 446 16 J.J. O'Brien 0.0 453 16 J.J. O'Brien 0.0 451

Six players averaging double digits in points is a nice start, but I think we're all expecting Neto to get closer and closer to 10 ppg as the season continues. Assists? There's no one guy killing it, but there are a bunch of guys close to Top 100 in APG. That's a product of our ball sharing offense.

Player RPG Rank Player SPG Rank Player BPG Rank
1 Rudy Gobert 10.6 8 1 Derrick Favors 1.2 58 1 Rudy Gobert 2.4 2
2 Derrick Favors 8.4 25 2 Gordon Hayward 1.1 63 2 Derrick Favors 1.4 22
3 Trevor Booker 6.4 64 3 Rodney Hood 0.9 111 3 Jeff Withey 1.2 34
4 Gordon Hayward 5.1 96 4 Raul Neto 0.9 113 4 Trevor Booker 0.5 125
5 Trey Lyles 3.9 164 5 Rudy Gobert 0.9 123 5 Gordon Hayward 0.3 191
6 Jeff Withey 3.7 176 6 Trevor Booker 0.9 128 6 Rodney Hood 0.2 270
7 Alec Burks 3.6 181 7 Trey Burke 0.6 192 7 Chris Johnson 0.2 282
8 Rodney Hood 3.3 198 8 Alec Burks 0.6 194 8 Elijah Millsap 0.2 293
9 Chris Johnson 2.1 314 9 Joe Ingles 0.6 212 9 Trey Lyles 0.2 309
10 Trey Burke 2.0 316 10 Chris Johnson 0.6 219 10 Tibor Pleiss 0.2 316
11 Elijah Millsap 1.8 344 11 Jeff Withey 0.5 258 11 Trey Burke 0.1 341
12 Joe Ingles 1.6 356 12 J.J. O'Brien 0.5 265 12 Alec Burks 0.1 342
13 Raul Neto 1.5 361 13 Elijah Millsap 0.4 293 13 Joe Ingles 0.1 346
14 Tibor Pleiss 1.3 373 14 Trey Lyles 0.2 388 14 Raul Neto 0.0 394
15 Erick Green 0.7 430 15 Erick Green 0.1 422 15 J.J. O'Brien 0.0 403
16 J.J. O'Brien 0.5 442 16 Tibor Pleiss 0.1 426 16 Erick Green 0.0 436

Gobert and Favors shot up here with their blocks, steals, and blocks. Personally, I'm surprised we've never seen Burks become an average shot blocker on defense with his length and athleticism. The Jazz do have some solid shot blockers on the team.

Utah Jazz players from highest to lowest average NBA Rank:

This is the second most meaningless thing you're going to read today. When you average the ranks you find out that our top players are . . . wait for it . . . the same best players that we already knew without going into the on-court stats.

Player Per Game Rank Player Per Game Rank Player Per Game Rank Player Per Game Rank
D.Favors MPG 32.1 59 G.Hayward MPG 36.1 10 R.Gobert MPG 33.1 44 R.Hood MPG 31.4 71
D.Favors PPG 16.6 46 G.Hayward PPG 19.9 24 R.Gobert PPG 10.5 131 R.Hood PPG 14.9 63
D.Favors APG 1.6 172 G.Hayward APG 3.6 58 R.Gobert APG 1.7 164 R.Hood APG 2.6 97
D.Favors RPG 8.4 25 G.Hayward RPG 5.1 96 R.Gobert RPG 10.6 8 R.Hood RPG 3.3 198
D.Favors SPG 1.2 58 G.Hayward SPG 1.1 63 R.Gobert SPG 0.9 123 R.Hood SPG 0.9 111
D.Favors BPG 1.4 22 G.Hayward BPG 0.3 191 R.Gobert BPG 2.4 2 R.Hood BPG 0.2 270
PRASB (/min) 29.2 0.91 PRASB (/min) 30.0 0.83 PRASB (/min) 26.1 0.79 PRASB (/min) 21.9 0.70
NBA Rank AVG 63.7 NBA Rank AVG 73.7 NBA Rank AVG 78.7 NBA Rank AVG 135.0

Favors have a lower NBA Rank average than Hayward, though Hayward produces more per game. Those two along with Gobert are great building blocks. Behind them is Hood who scores well, and dishes the ball nicely for a 2nd year player.

Player Per Game Rank Player Per Game Rank Player Per Game Rank Player Per Game Rank
A.Burks MPG 27.1 112 T.Booker MPG 22.3 188 T.Burke MPG 23.5 175 R.Neto MPG 20.6 217
A.Burks PPG 14.3 70 T.Booker PPG 5.7 267 T.Burke PPG 11.5 114 R.Neto PPG 6.3 245
A.Burks APG 2.1 126 T.Booker APG 1.0 254 T.Burke APG 2.6 99 R.Neto APG 2.5 103
A.Burks RPG 3.6 181 T.Booker RPG 6.4 64 T.Burke RPG 2.0 316 R.Neto RPG 1.5 361
A.Burks SPG 0.6 194 T.Booker SPG 0.9 128 T.Burke SPG 0.6 192 R.Neto SPG 0.9 113
A.Burks BPG 0.1 342 T.Booker BPG 0.5 125 T.Burke BPG 0.1 341 R.Neto BPG 0.0 394
PRASB (/min) 20.7 0.76 PRASB (/min) 14.5 0.65 PRASB (/min) 16.8 0.71 PRASB (/min) 11.2 0.54
NBA Rank AVG 170.8 NBA Rank AVG 171.0 NBA Rank AVG 206.2 NBA Rank AVG 238.8

The next four players are less impressive. Burks scores well, but you'd want to see more from a 5th year player. Booker, in his 6th year, brings the energy on the glass and is active on defense. I do think he's better suited as the 4th big, and not the 3rd big. Burke scores and is Top 100 in APG this season, which makes him one of the best bench point guards in the league. He is posting better numbers than the guy starting ahead of him, but Neto's defense is what puts him ahead of Burke, and his three point percentage keeps him there.

Player Per Game Rank Player Per Game Rank Player Per Game Rank Player Per Game Rank
J.Withey MPG 14.2 309 T.Lyles MPG 16.9 268 C.Johnson MPG 12.3 328 J.Ingles MPG 14.3 307
J.Withey PPG 4.7 304 T.Lyles PPG 4.6 305 C.Johnson PPG 3.1 361 J.Ingles PPG 3.9 325
J.Withey APG 0.4 370 T.Lyles APG 0.7 323 C.Johnson APG 0.8 311 J.Ingles APG 1.0 274
J.Withey RPG 3.7 176 T.Lyles RPG 3.9 164 C.Johnson RPG 2.1 314 J.Ingles RPG 1.6 356
J.Withey SPG 0.5 258 T.Lyles SPG 0.2 388 C.Johnson SPG 0.6 219 J.Ingles SPG 0.6 212
J.Withey BPG 1.2 34 T.Lyles BPG 0.2 309 C.Johnson BPG 0.2 282 J.Ingles BPG 0.1 346
PRASB (/min) 10.5 0.74 PRASB (/min) 9.6 0.57 PRASB (/min) 6.8 0.55 PRASB (/min) 7.2 0.50
NBA Rank AVG 241.8 NBA Rank AVG 292.8 NBA Rank AVG 302.5 NBA Rank AVG 303.3

This is where the wheels fall off. Jeff Withey gets his blocks and rebounds, but not the minutes. Lyles is learning this game still. Chris Johnson is really not someone who should be playing a quarter of the game at the NBA level. And Joe Ingles has not been as impressive as he was last year. And I don't know who to blame. At his best, he can be a starter in a pinch. We haven't seen him at his best this season.

Player Per Game Rank Player Per Game Rank Player Per Game Rank Player Per Game Rank
E.Millsap MPG 8.7 391 T.Pleiss MPG 6.8 409 J.O'Brien MPG 3.0 446 E.Green MPG 4.7 428
E.Millsap PPG 1.8 413 T.Pleiss PPG 2.0 411 J.O'Brien PPG 0.0 453 E.Green PPG 1.4 422
E.Millsap APG 1.0 272 T.Pleiss APG 0.2 424 J.O'Brien APG 0.0 451 E.Green APG 0.3 411
E.Millsap RPG 1.8 344 T.Pleiss RPG 1.3 373 J.O'Brien RPG 0.5 442 E.Green RPG 0.7 430
E.Millsap SPG 0.4 293 T.Pleiss SPG 0.1 426 J.O'Brien SPG 0.5 265 E.Green SPG 0.1 422
E.Millsap BPG 0.2 293 T.Pleiss BPG 0.2 316 J.O'Brien BPG 0.0 403 E.Green BPG 0.0 436
PRASB (/min) 5.2 0.60 PRASB (/min) 3.8 0.56 PRASB (/min) 1.0 0.33 PRASB (/min) 2.5 0.53
NBA Rank AVG 334.3 NBA Rank AVG 393.2 NBA Rank AVG 410.0 NBA Rank AVG 424.8

Elijah Millsap isn't with the team anymore. Tibor Pleiss spends more of his time in Idaho than Utah. J.J. O'Brien is in the NBADL as well. And Erick  Green is in the same boat.

So, who cares?

I think the numbers validate our own opinions on the roster this season. This team is shallow, less so when healthy, but we've already spent the entire season without the starting point guard, and much of it without two other starters as well. When looking at just the bench players, many of them are less than impressive compared to every other single bench player in the NBA this season. Being healthy helps. I hope the team can remain healthy the rest of the way.

If Dennis Lindsey is looking at this in terms of what work he needs to do in the off-season then I think there's some really good data here. But for us rabid fans, I think we all know that there's no need for data beyond the eye-ball test for some of these guys.

The sad news is that the numbers do show that while we do have some good building blocks, they just aren't All-Stars yet either. It's going to be an interesting off-season for this team, playoffs or not.