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Get to know the newest member of the Utah Jazz.

Atlanta Hawks Media Day Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Jazz announced they had signed Tyler Cavanaugh to a two-way deal Wednesday afternoon. If your reaction was the same as mine (uh, who?) then this downbeat is for you.

Cavanaugh played college ball at Wake Forest for two seasons before transferring to George Washington University in 2015 where he played his final two seasons. He averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds during his senior season, and had plenty of games where got buckets.

He led GWU to an NIT championship in 2017, where he carried the team on his back and won tournament MVP.

He played his rookie season in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks last season switching back and forth between his G-League assignments. He made some solid contributions for the Hawks, appearing in 39 games and starting in 1. His best game came on November 13th against the New Orleans Pelicans. Cavanaugh scored 16 points on 6-7 shooting (4-4 from three) and snagged 6 rebounds coming off the bench in 18 minutes.

Cavanaugh is 6-9 and can shoot the ball. Watching a few of his highlights from G-League games, you can see that he loves the three ball and has a pretty fluid stroke.

It’s unlikley that Cavanaugh will see a lot of minutes for the Jazz given their current rotation, but anything can happen as we saw last seaon with the emergence Royce O’Neale. Cavanaugh’s skill set is actually pretty similar to that of the Jazz’s other two-way contract player in Georges Niang. Both are bigs that can stretch the floor and shoot, but lack the explosiveness that is needed to play and defend in that position in today’s NBA. Cavanaugh seems like a good little player, and it will be fun to see how he develops in the Utah Jazz system for now.

How did you celebrate National Spiderman Day yesterday? Oh, you didnt know such a day existed? Shame on you. The real question is, how do we get them to rename it National “SPIDA” man day? Someone find out who’s in charge of naming days and let’s make it happen.

The only thing you should have done on National Spida man day is watching highlights of the spida man himself. Don’t worry, you can make up for it today.

Ok, also, how awesome is Donovan’s dog. This custom made Spida cutoff hoodie is incredible.

A fun little discussion started on NBA Twitter yesterday, regarding ranking NBA franchises all-time. This list was put together by Josh Eberly on Fansided.com, which carried onto Twitter in all it’s glory.

Eberly had the Jazz right in the middle of the mix at 16, which seemed quite low for me personally.

The Jazz have the fifth highest winning percentage in NBA history as a franchise (was actually a little surprised when I looked this up) with a record of 1914-1646. They were arguably the second-best team during the reign of Basketball God himself, Michael Jordan. Had that Jazz 90’s squad been in any other era, they would have had a championship, if not several. They won 60+ regular season games three times during that 10-year period and had two MVP seasons out of Karl Malone. Jerry Sloan is the 3rd winnigest head coach in NBA history and most of all of those wins came in Utah. Add in the solid D-Will/Boozer years, and they have a pretty solid resume. Sure, they have had their fair share of ups and downs, but to say this franchise is in the bottom half in the all-time discussion is borderline disrespectful.

Speaking of franchise history, what is your favorite Jazz logo?

I dont think anything will ever beat the bright blue, purple, and brown theme from the 90’s. Maybe it’s because that was when my love for the Jazz was born, and nostalgia just gets the best of me.