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NBA Season Preview: Utah Jazz

Over the next month, we will be previewing every team in the NBA. Here is the next installment of our series on the Utah Jazz. 2014-15 Record: 38-44 Notable Acquisitions: Tibor Pleiss (Trade), Trey Lyles (Draft) Raul Neto (Draft) Notable Departures: None Temperature Check: A multi-year rebuilding effort was jumpstarted by Rudy Gobert and a fascinating late-season surge. After...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jedi & Jerms on the Jazz Episode 37: Training Camp and Top 5 NBA Centers

This week on Jedi & Jerms – We discuss Utah Jazz training camp interviews and what we learned from them. We give you our 2015 Top 5 NBA Centers of the 2015-16 season. We also discuss The Player’s Tribune, a platform for players to share their viewpoints and thoughts on a plethora of sports topics, or as the site indicates: “The Voice of the Game.” Send your thoughts and...
Via TornBySports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dunc'd On Pod: Camp Injuries, Tristan Thompson, Utah Jazz Preview

Host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) is joined by Ben Dowsett (@Ben_Dowsett) of Basketball Insiders and Salt City Hoops to run down camp injuries, discuss the Tristan Thompson contract issues, and preview the Utah Jazz. Check Out Basketball Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Nate Duncan on BlogTalkRadio
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Alec Burks on competing with Rodney Hood: 'We all want to be the starter'

Before the Utah Jazz can think about taking the next step and competing for a playoff berth in the Western Conference, the team needs to settle on a rotation. And that uncertainty comes from the backcourt, where both positions will be up for grabs.At shooting guard, Alec Burks is competing with Rodney Hood, who's turned heads this summer with his performances at summer league and...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Utah Jazz: Top 10 Reasons To Be Excited For The Season

Editor’s Note: The following was written and submitted by Gerald Playle. Follow and interact with him on Twitter: @TheJerrbear1. As the season is starting and games are just around the corner, an idea came to mind that I wanted to write about. So, unless you’re a new time Utah Jazz fan or somehow got shipwrecked and living out a real life series of Gilligan’s Island, last year...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Gordon Hayward doesn't shy away from playoff talk at Jazz media day

After a strong finish to the 2014-15 season, the Utah Jazz are darkhorse candidates to make the playoffs in 2015-16. The loss of point guard Dante Exum hurts, of course, but the Jazz are a strong team with an outstanding coach. And the idea that Utah could make the postseason came up repeatedly at media day on Monday, where Gordon Hayward took the question head on:"That's a goal...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

3-pointers for Derrick Favors? Jazz big man wants to stretch the floor

It'd be an awfully big step forward if Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors suddenly started knocking down 3-pointers. The big man is 1-for-12 from deep on his career, and he's been in the league for five years already. Adding such range isn't impossible, but it will require a ton of work.But it's work Favors is willing to put in, as he told reporters at Utah's media day on Monday that...
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Why the preseason will actually matter for the Utah Jazz

While the preseason is exciting in the regard that it officially kicks off the new NBA season, its lack of meaningful implications and limited playing time from the teams’ best players usually make it less than thrilling to watch. However, in the case of the Utah Jazz, the players that see the majority of the time on the court during preseason will likely be the ones that are...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

50 Questions for 2015-’16: What Will The Jazz Backcourt Look Like Without Dante Exum?

Getting ready for the 2015-’16 season? I’m asking 50 questions before things get under way. Have an important question for the upcoming NBA season you want answered? Find me on Twitter (@thatjoemags). Thanks for reading! Barring injury-related calamity, the top seven seeds in the Western Conference are currently occupied. Back into the postseason go the Thunder, likely swapping...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jedi & Jerms on the Jazz Episode 36: NBA Top 5 Power Forwards 2015

This week on Jedi & Jerms – Our 2015 Top 5 Power Forwards in the NBA. Ok we actually give you a top 10 list to go with it. And we discuss ESPN’s projected rankings of teams through the next three years. It’s a quick hit episode. Join us! Send your thoughts and comments: @jediandjerms, @jermsguy, @jedizaugg, and @TornByDevin. Email us: The post Jedi...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Rudy Gobert amazing slam dunk against Serbia at EuroBasket 2015

Although France didn’t repeat as champions of EuroBasket, they still had a pretty amazing run in this year’s tournament. Earlier today, France took on Serbia and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert decided to show off his athleticism with the below powerful two-handed slam: Rudy Gobert, everybody! *** Gobert slam dunk [FIBA] Gobert image courtesy of Getty Images
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Tibor Pleiss could be an X-factor for the Utah Jazz

Utah Jazz rookie Tibor Pleiss drew some attention this week when he threw down an alley-oop dunk over Pau Gasol in this year’s EuroBasket tournament. While the big man certainly still has some improvements to make, he has shown incredible glimpses of his potential in EuroBasket play including a 15 point, 7 rebound game against Serbia. Following the departure of Enes Kanter, the...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 3 questions facing the Utah Jazz in 2015-2016

After a solid finish to the 2014-2015 season, expectations are sky-high for the Utah Jazz during the 2015-2016 campaign. However, such a young and inexperienced squad is bound to have some unforeseen challenges and snags along the way. Dante Exum’s ACL injury is a perfect example of the type of snags that the Jazz will have to overcome this year, however it’s certainly not...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Alec Burks could be the breakout hit for the Utah Jazz this season

Can the combo guard help lead Utah back to the playoffs? From 1983 to 2003, the Utah Jazz made 20 consecutive playoff appearances. Led by Deron Williams in his prime, the Jazz qualified for four straight postseasons from 2006 to 2010. Historically, it is safe to say the Jazz have been one of the staples of the Western Conference postseason picture, but a series of moves, involving...
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September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Rodney Hood looks poised for a breakout sophomore season

The Utah Jazz are in the mix for playoff contention in the Western Conference.  Although pretty quiet in terms of offseason moves, the Jazz have developed a strong, young nucleus of Gordon Hayward, Rudy Gobert, and Trey Burke. After starting the season 19-34, the Jazz thrived after the all-star break, finishing the season with a 19-10 stretch. The 19-10 finish was emblematized by...
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August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Jazz almost toppled Michael Jordan...which offers no comfort

Almost. The word often speaks to excellence, but it ultimately weighs down the heart and the soul of any competitor. Spill your guts in a four-hour tennis match, gain match point, and almost win. Play the heavy favorite into overtime in an NFL playoff game… and almost pull off the upset. Take Michael Jordan to the brink of… well, the brink… and almost force a Game 7 in...
Via Crossover Chronicles
August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Utah Jazz 2015 Offseason Grade

A couple of intriguing international prospects highlighted a fairly quiet offseason for the Jazz. In: Raul Neto – Free Agent, 3-years, $2.8 million Tibor Pleiss – Free Agent, 3-years, $10 million J.J. O’Brien – Free Agent, non guaranteed Out: Jeremy Evans – signed for Dallas Draft: Trey Lyles – 12th overall Olivier Hanlan – 42nd overall Overview: The Utah...
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August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Gobert jabs Team USA over minicamp roster

    It’s hard to maintain a sense of humor on the Utah Jazz these days, especially after this week’s news of Dante Exum’s torn ACL. But it’s great to see that center Rudy Gobert is at least making an attempt to do so. The best young rim protector in the league called out Team USA Basketball on Twitter Thursday for leaving frontcourt mate Derrick Favors off their 34...
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August 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Jazz confirm Exum tore ACL playing with Australian Nat'l Team

The Utah Jazz are on the brink of becoming a perennial postseason contender, but the franchise must continue on that path during the 2015-16 NBA season without Danté Exum. Exum, the No. 5 overall pick of the 2014 draft, reportedly sustained a non-contact ACL injury during an exhibition matchup while competing for the Australian National Team. The Jazz have confirmed the diagnosis...
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August 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Alec Burks wants to get to the playoffs “for the city of Utah”

It’s the Summer League, so you can excuse everyone involved in the NBA to have their minds elsewhere.  Maybe that’s why we can excuse Alec Burks of the Utah Jazz for this soundbyte when he stepped into the broadcast booth last night… @awfulannouncing oh yeah. — Section 328 (@Section328) July 7, 2015 The best part about this clip is Burks’...
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July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

The Incredibly Unique Jeremy Evans

​ Here’s a player that’s unlikely to attract very much attention this summer: Jeremy Evans. After five seasons deep in the Utah Jazz bench unit—is there a role in the NBA further from the media spotlight?—Evans and his Dunk Contest title are hitting the free agent market.  This would be the first time that Evans has had to move since becoming a professional basketball...
Via The Sports Post
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

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