After former Duke standout Grayson Allen’s successful workout with the Utah Jazz, there was some buzz circulating the idea that the Jazz might select him in this upcoming draft.
Duke’s Grayson Allen "is very much in consideration for Utah when it picks at No. 21 in the upcoming draft," @tribjazz reports from today's @utahjazz workoutshttps://t.co/1k0q2oK2XJ— The Salt Lake Tribune (@sltrib) June 5, 2018
According to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, Allen is ‘very much in consideration’ for the Jazz’s draft pick, and Jazz fans don’t exactly know how to feel about it. Read through some of the replies on the above tweet, and you will see a few GIFs of some dirty plays from Allen, and maybe a few snarky comments about his attitude as player during his time at Duke. But take a second to really think about this: Would Grayson Allen fit in on the Utah Jazz?
If you haven’t already read our in-depth breakdown of Grayson Allen, here it is. Grayson Allen is many things. Some of things are good, some are bad. Most of the bad things, and maybe the most concerning, could be fixed with a simple attitude adjustment. Allen might be one of those players that are unbearable to opposing players and fans, but adored by his own teammates and fanbase. Lets call it the Draymond Green syndrome. He’s an intense competitor, a national champion, and a pretty freaking good athlete. But he has had his run-ins with some immature behavior on the court and shown some potentially troublesome attitude tendancies.
Athough these dirty plays might dominate the conversation on Twitter, the Jazz are probably more concerned with how Grayson Allen might help them win basketball games. Allen is a lights out spot-up shooter, and can jump out of the gym with a 40+ inch vertical. He might be the player that Jazz fans fall in love with after his passion is bridled and used in the correct mature way. You cannot discount Dennis Lindsey’s ability to scope out talent and get more out of a player than anyone else can. You can’t look past Quin Snyder’s system, and how Allen might be a successfully added piece into the scheme. Jazz fans might have to look past Allen’s past behavior as a young college athlete, and wonder what he might become as a member of the Utah Jazz.
How would you feel if the Jazz drafted Grayson Allen?
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I don’t care who they draft, Just give the ball to Donovan.
Donovan Mitchell was in the house for game three of the NBA Finals, and was seen with some NBA legends pregame for a legendary picture.
Three slam dunk champs!— NBA (@NBA) June 6, 2018
Dominque Wilkins, Donovan Mitchell, & Vince Carter! #ThisIsWhyWePlay pic.twitter.com/fX5pGQfMIm
Mitchell also commented on the atmosphere in Cleveland, but gave his opinion on how it compares to that of Vivint Arena.
Very impressed with the energy here in Cleveland still ain’t got nothing on Vivint but it’s very loud— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) June 7, 2018
If you follow Vegas odds at all, you may have noticed the favorites for NBA title winners next season were released.
2018-19 NBA Championship updated— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) June 6, 2018
Trail Blazers 80/1
The Jazz have 8th best odds at 60/1, shared with the Oklahoma City Thunder. This is probably about where the Jazz should be, but can we talk about how crazy it is that the Lakers are in the top five?!? Somebody must know something that we don’t.
Happy anniversary (yesterday) to Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey and his wife Becky. The Jazz organization is lucky to have a great guy at the helm, with a great woman and Jazz fan by his side. If you don’t follow Becky Lindsey on twitter, you’re making a huge mistake. She loves the Jazz more than any of us, and tells it how it is on NBA Twitter.
29 yrs together, 26 yrs married!! Every year gets better!! Thank you Dennis for sharing your love, compassion and incredible sense of integrity with me!! Happy Anniversary!!@utahjazz @jake_lindsey3 @Matt_Lindsey24 @meredithhhl pic.twitter.com/y664SUNxo8— Becky Lindsey (@Bec6916) June 6, 2018
Have you been wondering what Nigel Williams-Goss was up to this past season? The Salt Lake Tribune published a nice piece on his season overseas, and how his life and basketball game has changed and developed this past year.
After realizing last year that he would have an uphill climb to make the Jazz roster as the No. 55 pick in the NBA draft, the 6-foot-3 guard made a bold leap overseas. He and his agent opted to start his journey in Serbia, which has feverish basketball support, if not the same recent success as other European franchises.
Partizan plays in the Eurocup league, which is one tier below Euroleague (where Jazz players such as Joe Ingles and Ekpe Udoh played). Even in Belgrade, Partizan ranks below Euroleague club Crvena Zvezda. But in February, Williams-Goss helped get Partizan some hardware: He had 23 points, seven assists and three rebounds in an 81-75 win over Crvena Zvezda to win the Serbian Cup.
Should Williams-Goss make a return to the NBA, the Jazz would retain his rights. While he looked overmatched at times during Summer League last year after he was drafted, there’s reason to think he has adjusted his game. European stats can be difficult to decipher because clubs play in so many different leagues and tournaments, but in Eurocup, Adriatic and Serbian league play, Williams-Goss has averaged better than 16 points and 6 assists while shooting better than 46 percent from 3-point range.
It’s always good to see players find success overseas, and we will be rooting for Williams-Goss to work on his game and make it back to the league.