Another day, another Utah Jazz win. I could get used to this. The Jazz have scores 120+ points 4 games in a row, the first time since they did the feat 5 times in 1982 and 1984. The offense has hit its stride.
It’s no secret that John Stockton and Karl Malone created one of the greatest duos in NBA history. This chart is a good visual to show just how dominate they were:
Here is every tandem with over 75 points. pic.twitter.com/4NcIzA1NCN— Kelly Scaletta (@KellyScaletta) January 25, 2018
That’s 4 of the top 20 all time seasons according to most points produced. Jeff Hornacek rounded out a Big 3 for that all time great Jazz team. I think Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert could be the beginning of another great tandem for the Utah Jazz. We already know how special Rudy is defensively, and Donovan is breaking all sorts of rookie records.
Who might become that 3rd piece to get them to the next level?
As was broke yesterday, Donovan Mitchell was (finally) invited to participate in the Dunk Contest. Spida has been dunking a long time, with this jaw-dropper back in 2014.
#ThrowbackMonday Donovan Mitchell at the 2014 Under Armour Elite 24. Mudiay's reaction kills me. pic.twitter.com/WMjDw00VwB— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) February 5, 2018
Here is the NBA’s introduction for the Jazz rookie.
We’ve only got 1 Fan Post from the past week, but that’s better than none!
BellFrazierRookies would like to Keep Favors:
Jazz need to go with what has been working lately. Keep favors and make him want to resign. Jazz should trade Hood and Burkes [sic], at the most to get a swing guard/forward and picks in return. No need for Mirotic. Favors is better for the Jazz.
The trade deadline is only two days away. Thank goodness. The official time is Thursday at 1pm MTS. Here’s a couple more rumors from the past week and then we can move on here a couple days.
The first one is from The Ringer about Joe Johnson:
Iso Joe! It’s been too long. The Jazz are 22–28 and 3.5 games out of the playoff picture. Even if Utah somehow sneaks into the postseason, this team is headed toward a roster rebuild centered on Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. According to The New York Times’ Marc Stein, Johnson is trying to find a way out of Utah. Even at 36, the 17-year vet has the ability to help out a contending team in search of off-the-bench scoring. Buckets are a hot commodity, and Johnson might still have enough gas left in the tank to get some.
And the last one is from CBS Sports about Rodney Hood:
Rodney Hood is a quality wing that a lot of teams could find use in. He will also be a restricted free agent this offseason making him one of Utah’s more interesting assets. The Jazz are reportedly OK with moving him and are asking for the always popular first-round pick in the process.
Hood is receiving plenty of interest across the league. According to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, Hood has received interest from the Thunder, Bulls and Pistons. A few other teams have at least called and gauged some form of interest in Hood, but no serious offers have been reported.
Donovan has been inspiring some pretty fun things lately. Here’s a couple of my favorite ones from jus this week:
I was really excited to look over and see my son diligently taking notes during church today...So I asked to see what he was writing... ♂️ @utahjazz #TakeNote pic.twitter.com/XOiXMENUc1— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) February 4, 2018
“With great power comes great responsibility.” #VerizonDunk pic.twitter.com/G7UCUto2fm— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 5, 2018