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A quick look at all the players who joined the Jazz, and left them in the last season -- and how they fared outside of the #801

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The NBA season is coming to a close, and the Utah Jazz have apparently made all of the moves they can until the season ends. Over the course of this year (July 1st till June 30th) lots of things have happened. Many players have come and gone. Which players have performed well after leaving the Jazz? Let's take a look:

NBA Players:

Player Pos L Tm G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG PER Commentary
1 Enes Kanter 4 5 NBA OKC 19 29.8 17.6 10.8 1.4 0.6 0.3 24.9 Making 79.0 FT% this year, but defense still a mystery
2 Marvin Williams 4 3 NBA CHA 67 25.6 7.1 4.7 1.2 0.8 0.4 11.1 Shooting .424 / .367 / .687 this year
3 Richard Jefferson 3 NBA DAL 66 16.2 5.4 2.5 0.8 0.4 0.2 11.1 Shooting well, still throws down hard 1/month
4 Malcolm Thomas 4 3 NBA PHI 17 11.4 2.6 3.3 0.4 0.2 0.1 8.2 No longer on team
5 Steve Novak 4 3 NBA OKC 7 8.1 1.9 0.6 0.3 0.0 0.1 3.4 One cannot comprehend how far and away those Knicks days were
6 Brandon Rush 3 2 NBA GSW 29 7.9 0.8 1.2 0.4 0.1 0.4 0.7 Hitting on 8.7% of his threes, so so awful.
7 Kendrick Perkins 5 NBA CLE 12 7.3 1.9 2.1 0.2 0.1 0.2 2.1 A part of me still wishes he was with the team to teach fouling

It's been a refreshing second chapter of Kanter's career, he's getting all the touches and making a fresh new start. Marvin has transitioned into mostly a stretch four, which is perhaps where he should have been his entire career had he not jointed a Hawks team that was too big up front. RJ is making significant bench contributions for a playoff team still, but he's not one of their best players. Thomas was traded to the Cavs, then traded to the Celtics, then waived. Then signed with Philly, got injured, worked his way back and signed with them again. And now is no longer with the team. Brutal. Guy is an NBA player, but poor roll of the dice this year. Steve is in a bad dream and cannot wake up. Rush is a nightmare for whatever team signs him. And really, I think Rudy Gobert could have learned something from Perk.

NBADL / NBA Players:

There are a bunch of players who started the year in the NBA, didn't play, went to another league, and came back -- even if it was just for a short time.

Player Pos L Tm G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG PER Commentary
8 John Lucas III 1 CHN FUJ 28 43.5 26.3 4.6 7.0 1.3 0.0 24.4
NBA DET 12 11.7 4.0 0.5 3.0 0.4 0.0 14.9 Still on team
9 Jordan Hamilton 2 3 NBADL IOW/REN 31 27.8 16.8 7.4 3.5 1.2 0.9 18.9
NBA LAC 11 9.9 3.2 1.3 0.6 0.1 0.0 8.5 Still on team
10 Elliot Williams 2 3 NBADL SCW 25 36.8 21.8 4.5 7.6 1.3 0.1 18.8
NBA NOP 8 9.6 2.4 0.6 1.0 0.3 0.0 5.6 Still on team
11 Dahntay Jones 2 3 NBADL FWN 19 29.3 14.4 3.4 1.7 0.8 0.5 16.6
NBA LAC 27 4.3 0.8 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.0 2.5 Still on team
12 Toure' Murry 2 1 NBADL RIO 16 28.2 12.6 6.4 6.6 1.3 0.4 14.9
NBA WAS 4 4.3 1.5 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.0 3.6 No longer on team

JLIII wasn't wanted in the NBA, after being waived after the Jazz traded him. He then dominated China (he has played there before), and signed on to help the PG deficient Pistons. Hamilton took the Jazz waiving in stride (he was dumped so the team could sign Joe Ingles), played hard in the NBADL, and worked his way onto the Clippers 15 man roster. Elliot has been up and down quite a bit this season, and is spreading the floor for the Pelicans right now. Dahntay didn't play in the NBA last year, or anywhere. But after failing to make the Jazz he went down to the NBADL, showed that he still has some game left, and was signed by the Clippers as well. Seems like they've made a number of mid-season moves to stay healthy. Last, but not least, Toure' (who had spent most of the season with IDA) got waived by the Jazz, signed with RIO, put in work -- and got called up to the Pelicans. He was waived during his second 10 day contract with the team.

NBADL / International Players:

This is the last group, players who have not seen any NBA regular season action beyond what they got in Utah.

Player Pos L Tm G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG PER Commentarty
13 Kevin Murphy 3 2 NBADL IDA/GRR 28 31.8 19.3 3.9 3.1 1.0 0.2 16.6 NBADL -> China -> NBADL
CHN GUA 10 25.5 18.1 4.8 3.0 0.5 0.2 12.4
14 Diante Garrett 1 2 NBADL IOW/GRR 39 34.0 14.0 4.5 4.2 1.4 0.4 14.0 Got traded in NBA and NBADL all in same season
15 Jerrelle Benimon 4 5 NBADL IDA 5 31.0 17.8 10.8 4.2 0.6 1.4 -- Re-signed w/ IDA after 10Day expired
16 Dee Bost 1 EUR TRA 34 27.2 7.2 4.2 3.4 1.8 0.1 12.2 Okay-ish year in Turkey
17 Brock Motum 4 5 AUS ADE 24 27.2 17.5 7.1 0.8 0.6 0.4 -- 46.9 3PT%, 2.7 3PTA/Game
18 Carrick Felix 2 3 NBADL SCW 5 25.6 8.8 5.6 2.8 0.4 0.6 10.1 #4 pick in NBADL draft, then got injured
19 Erik Murphy 4 NBADL AUS 45 23.0 11.9 5.6 1.6 0.6 0.9 16.7 In Spurs pipeline now, apparently
20 Tre Bussey 1 NBADL IDA 37 20.8 7.5 1.7 2.4 0.8 0.2 7.2 Rare to see college grad get job in field of study
21 Patrick Christopher 3 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Got injured, got waived
22 Ian Clark 2 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Just recently Waived

Kevin is the only real possible NBA prospect, but he bolted from Idaho for China (moneeyy!) and then when that season ended came back, but didn't sign with Idaho. I wonder what will become of his career. Will the Jazz' purchase of the Stamps make it financially worth it for players to sign with them, and actually develop? Diante was traded by the Jazz, and waived by the Raptors. Then signed with Iowa, then traded to Grand Rapids. Rough. Still had a great year. Benimonster has played more than 5 games this year, but these are just his 5 games after returning to Idaho after being waived by the Jazz. He's small for an NBA big, but seems to have game enough to push around NBADL bigs. Dee left for Turkey, instead of going back to Idaho. He and Kevin were huge parts of Idaho's recent success, and without them the team was really awful. Brock shot the lights out in Australia. Would have loved him in Idaho this last season as well. His second year with Adelaide is non-guaranteed. Wouldn't mind seeing him back in the States. Tre has a long way to go before he becomes someone NBA teams are after. I trust in the long-play of Dennis Lindsey here.

Pat was signed with the Jazz, started a game, got injured, and got waived. It's brutal in the business. I wish Ian all the best, and hope he gets to play somewhere soon.

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