Rudy Gobert is off to the best start of his career. He’s continued his dominating defense, but added more offense to his game this year. He’s been an absolute force and is destroying the “he has no offense” notions.
Donovan Mitchell is off to a quieter but solid start as well. It’s kind of ridiculous to say that 22.5 points per game is quite, but such are the expectations on the young guard. If he can get his shooting efficiency up, he’s in for a big season as well.
Could both of these guys make the all star team this year? Who has the better chance of making the team, Rudy or Donovan?
The NBA came out with some interesting news yesterday:
The 2019-20 NBA season will move back one week next year and begin October 22, per league sources. This means the playoffs will also begin a week later. The change is to prevent opening night from occurring too early moving forward each year. The FIBA World Cup was also a factor.— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) October 29, 2018
Nothing too crazy, but relevant nonetheless. I’m not going to lie, it was pretty weird to have such early basketball this year. Awesome, but weird. I love the changes the NBA has made to the schedule to remove some back to backs, 4 in 5’s, and 5 in 7’s. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind if they trimmed the season down some entirely, but maybe I’m crazy.
notajazzfan dropped in the fan posts this week with some thoughts about a Utah Jazz Franchise Do-Over:
The Utah Jazz beat the Houston Rockets for their first shot at bringing a title to Salt Lake City. After 5 games with the Chicago Bulls, we come to a last stand. Both teams have competed hard all series, with the record at 3-2, and the Bulls leading. A game 7 will be forced if the Jazz can pull through and win this game.
There’s about 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter, both teams tied at 86....
Big shout out to a couple Jazz newcomers. Last game, Grayson Allen and Georges Niang of all people played some huge minutes in a road game in Dallas. This was the second night of a back to back with the Jazz dealing with some injuries. They needed the depth of this roster to step up.
| Grayson & Georges combined for 24 points and were 7-8 from the field pic.twitter.com/SmBJx7ZUFv— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) October 29, 2018
These two were basically the end of the bench coming into the season. Niang particularly has forced his way into the rotation and I think the Jazz may have found themselves the next Joe Ingles/Royce O’Neale. I’m amazed at Dennis Lindsey’s ability to find diamonds in the rough. And I’m equally amazed at Quin Snyder’s coaching staff for the development of players that come through this system.
One of Quin Snyder’s keys for this season was putting up more 3’s. They were 13th last year with 29.6 attempts per game. They were 11th for 3 point percentage, making 36.6%. So far this year they have increased their attempts to 31.8 per game, but are down in the ranking to 18th. Oddly enough we are shooting an identical percentage this year as last year at 36.6%.
The Jazz shot chart reflects the increase in 3’s and shots at the rim, showing how Quin Snyder wants to play a little more money ball this year.
Look at how few midrange shots there are. We are taking very few shots that aren’t behind the arc or in the paint. I love it!