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The Downbeat

The Downbeat

In measured music, the downbeat is the first impulse that can be heard in the beginning. It is the strongest part of the rhythm. At SLC Dunk, The Downbeat is the first story of the weekday. It's to jump start your Jazz fandom before work, school, or a long day watching the kids.

Is it time to give up on Donovan Mitchell’s defense?

Donovan’s defense is declining at a nearly inverse rate as he comments on his personal defensive improvement

Could Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley, and Royce O’Neale make the All-Defensive Team?

Could the Utah Jazz get three All-Stars?

The Jazz’s big three might make history

2006-2007 Utah Jazz vs the 2020-2021 Utah Jazz

This could be a special season

A look at the Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets matchup; the good, the bad, the ugly

The more the Jazz play the Nuggets, the more it looks like good news, bad news

The Utah Jazz are dominating the NBA

After a 10-game winning streak, the Jazz find themselves with the best record in the league

Bojan needs to join the Jazz party

The Jazz are off to one of their best starts in history, but Bogey is off to one of his worst.

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Jordan Clarkson isn’t your average 6th Man of the Year

And the reward is his to lose

Warriors officially pass Jazz the “barrage baton”

The Jazz are bringing an avalanche of 3P shots so large its burying teams like the Warriors of old

Rudy Gobert is on his way to a third DPOY

Gobzilla off to a great start on his attempt at a third Defensive Player of the Year award

What is the difference between wins and losses this year?

Looking at the statistical splits

Miye Oni is on the rise!

Miye Oni is going to need consistent backup guard minutes next season given his trajectory

This is the Mike Conley the Jazz need

His first year in Utah didn’t go as planned, but year two is suiting up to be a special one for Mike Conley.

Royce’s Rebounding Revolution

The fourth-year forward is averaging 7.5 rebounds per game, how is it impacting the Jazz?

Who should the Utah Jazz protect if the NBA expanded?

Could teams be coming to Las Vegas and Seattle?

The Utah Jazz still have work to do on defense and it starts with the paint

If it seems like opponent’s get into the paint often, it’s cause they are and it’s likely where the defensive issues start for the Jazz

The Utah Jazz hang their hat on defense but aren’t defending anymore

Utah still bases its identity on something it’s no longer elite at, and they aren’t doing anything else to compensate

Rudy Gobert takes the high road

And Shaq remains as petty as ever

Best center talent in NBA goes to...Utah?

Signing Favors and extending Gobert makes you wonder if Jazz have the best center talent in the league.

Quin Snyder’s Utah Jazz are nothing if not consistently inconsistent

The Utah Jazz are here every season to show us what an average NBA team looks like through the first 25 games.

New Year’s Resolutions for the Utah Jazz

After a crazy 2020, what will 2021 bring?

Three themes from Utah’s three games of the season

Inconsistency, Donovan Mitchell's struggles and 3-point shooting

What 538’s Player Projections think about the rest of the Utah Jazz rotation

The Jazz should have a much deeper team this season

Mind your corner 3’s (and theirs)

A big strategic advantage for the Jazz is the corner 3. Was it a reason the Jazz lost to the T-Wolves?

Jazz basketball is back, and it’s beautiful

You couldn’t have scripted a better start to the season

Utah’s has all the pieces for a flexible and dominant bench

A scoring spark, a wing defender, a rim-rolling paint protector, a passer and shooters can all be found among Utah’s reserves

538’s Projections for the Utah Jazz (presumed) Starting 5

What do their models say about this lineup?

5 Things to Remember as Rudy Gobert Inks 5-yr Deal with Utah

On the heals of a Rudy Gober contract extensions, let’s consider what the decision truly means now and in the future.

Rudy Gobert deserves all the money in the world, but will he get the supermax?

Negotiations are hot and heavy, and both sides only have a few more days to reach a deal.

Elijah Hughes could impress as a rookie, he just needs the chance

Hughes has great role player potential that will probably be buried in Utah’s depth chart

Deron Williams’ Thoughts on the Utah Jazz

He likes where the Utah Jazz are headed

The Jazz’s next step for improvement is valuing possessions

The Jazz must now concern themselves with the battle for possessions to take the next step


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