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David Stockton, who started out his NBA career with the Sacramento Kings before playing in the G League, has signed a 10-day deal with the Utah Jazz, his father’s and NBA All-Star John Stockton’s former team. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) David Stockton now

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Exum elevates for his first bucket of the season. (Game still)

The Utah Jazz added another win to their record and another player to their rotation on Thursday night.

Facing the rudderless and lottery-bound Phoenix Suns as part of a 4-game home stand, the Jazz passed, drove and bombed their way to a lopsided victory, 116-88. It was the club’s eighth straight triumph, including six double-digit wins in a row. And it featured a familiar face.

Dante Exum, the teams No. 5 pick in 2014, got back to NBA action after missing the first 68 games of the season to fix and rehab a separated left shoulder. After a couple of practice stints with the SLC Stars, Utah’s G League affiliate, the Jazz decided their Aussie point guard was ready to go, and he entered the game to applause near the end of the first quarter.

Exum looked predictably winded at times, but his season debut could only be described as encouraging. He moved aggressively, didn’t shy from contact, and defended well both out on the perimeter and when switched onto big men. He played just over 14 minutes and came away with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Here was his first bucket of the season, a step-through move after driving from out front.


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After a lengthy rehab process, Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum will finally make his long-awaited season debut on Thursday. So, a lot has happened over the last 160 days. The Shape of Water came out of nowhere to win the Oscar for Best Picture. President Trump hired and fired some people. The Winter Olympics happened […]

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz used a hot-shooting first quarter to propel a 110-79 thumping over the Detroit Pistons. The Jazz blazed to a 42-21 first-quarter lead on 81 percent shooting to easily win its 19th of 21 games — a tear that started with an overtime victory at Little Caesars Arena on Jan. 24.

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The Utah Jazz’s Playoff Push is not just special, it’s historic.

The Utah Jazz’s rise back into the playoff race has been special. It has been propelled by a league best defense, a special rookie doing things not seen since Michael Jordan, a pass first point guard turned scoring guard, a traditional big man turned modern big man, and a center looking like a clear Defensive Player of the Year. The Jazz’s turnaround on the surface feels special. It should. The Jazz are not just doing something special. They are on the verge of a turnaround that has never been done before. It’s historic. How historic?

I’ve tracked the best turnarounds by teams that have occurred in seasons. My criteria was the team had to be 8 games or worse under .500 on January 22nd of any season. In December Kevin Helin of NBCSports had an article where most of the playoff teams are set by December 26th. His conclusions was 87% of the playoff teams were set by December 26th. He only went with the past decade. I wanted to go further. I went all the way to 1975. Has there been a team in the modern in past 43 years that has done what Utah has done this season?

So I charted every team that was 8 games or more under .500 on January 22nd, and whoever improved dramatically or ended up making the playoffs, I added them to this list. This is the list of teams that have pulled off MASSIVE turnarounds.

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Instantly, you’ll see that last year one of the greatest turnarounds of all time with the Miami Heat. The Miami Heat on January...