247report: The Jazz Takes Step to Handing NBA $900 Million extremely unfair

247report: The Jazz Takes Step to Handing NBA $900 Million extremely unfair

The Jazz team has the chance to close up the Salt Lake City Summer League on a positive note today as it is the final day of play. Following their thrilling overtime victory over the Grizzlies on Monday, the Jazz were crushed by the Thunder last night, 98 to 75. Despite his offensive versatility, Kenny Lofton’s center position didn’t really work defensively; the Jazz fell down by 13 points at the end of the first quarter and never really recovered. Lofton played his best minutes in the fourth quarter alongside Kyle Filipowski. Even though Brice Sensabaugh, a second-year wing, scored 18 points on 75% shooting (2/3 from three), headded very little more (one rebound and no other stats to count). Isaiah Collier was far less influential in the first half, finishing with just 8 points and 1 assist after playing well in his debut against the Grizzlies. The Jazz were obviously lacking the offensive spark that Keyonte and Walker’s rim-rolling pressure brought to the table, as they shot 32% from the field and 22% from three over the whole game.

 

We’ll see what lineups the Jazz choose to play the 76ers, who fell to the Grizzlies 95 to 97 yesterday in a buzzer-beater loss without Zach Edey or G.G. Jackson. Jared McCain, the #16 pick in the 2024 NBA Draft, is the star of this 76ers club, but there aren’t many other big names on the roster, which makes this game against the Jazz and their seven first-round draft picks in their summer league lineup seem extremely unfair on paper. Interestingly, Tony Bradley, a 2017 Utah Jazz draft pick, is a member of the 76ers roster but has not yet appeared in a game and probably won’t play tonight. Don’t write the 76ers off just yet, though, since they defeated the same Thunder club on Monday 102-92 thanks to 29 points from Ricky Council IV.

 

I want to see a lot more self-assertion from Jazz forwards Cody Williams and Taylor Hendricks (assuming he plays) in tonight’s game. Playing well in summer league hasn’t always meant a player will succeed in the NBA, but it also hasn’t always meant that playing poorly or seeming lost (see: Trey Burke, James Wiseman) will convert into a successful NBA career. All of our rookies have shown some promise thus far in this summer league, so maybe as they gain more acclimatization to the court, they will be able to show that they are capable of being impact players.

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