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    A Tale of Two Point Guards

    Once upon a time there were two college point guards finishing their careers the same season by leading two fairly good college teams. Player A’s team reached slightly greater heights that year, but both had played with other players that would go on to play in the NBA. By statistical markers...
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    Potential additions for next year at SF/PF, PF/C

    Ideally for next season, I think the Jazz would add either/both of: - an athletic 3/4 – one who can guard 3-4 and even 5 in a pinch, add to the Jazz’s overall height/athleticism, and not hurt the Jazz on offense - a shooting 4/5 – one who can hit a 3 pointer, guard both positions as...
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    A couple statistical trends -- interpret as you want

    I think many of you probably saw the note that the Jazz are the only team in NBA history to have gone through 5 consecutive, alternating streaks of more than 4 wins or 4 losses (or something similar – I may not be remembering totally right). Here’s the Jazz’s record of winning or losing streaks...
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    Contest: Guess Jazz Player Heights

    … since the NBA is mandating accurate height measures. (As you're guessing, remember it's without shoes.) Ground Rules: 1. Make your guesses in 1/4-inch intervals. 2. (Bragging rights) winner(s) will be determined by the least total deviation added up from each player's official Jazz...
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    What stays the same, what changes in 2019-20?

    I'm curious as to what parts of the Jazz's identity you expect will change and which will remain similar this coming season. The following have been markers of the Jazz's identity, some for a long time, some more recently. Some are based on stats, some on reputation or even stereotype. Which...
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    RAPM-based Western Conference projections

    Just messing around again with a set of stats (this time from nbashotcharts.com). I found the results interesting (and supportive of the idea that the Jazz identity may still be heavily defense-oriented). This is a projection for 2019-20’s teams utilizing 2018-19’s regularized-adjusted plus...
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    Some 2019-20 team projections

    Early August, and I’m kind of bored, so I ran some projection numbers for how the Jazz might compare this coming year to last year, given the changed roster. Assumptions will appear in subsequent posts. All figures based on Basketball Reference data. The ’18-19 figures are given first, followed...
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    Why we should hope Exum plays more PG than Mudiay ... and other passing stats

    Calculated from NBA.com's tracking passes stats: 2018-19 EFG% of their teammates when the shot was preceded from a pass by 58.4 Korver 57.2 Neto 52.3 Exum 51.7 Mitchell 49.5 Conley 49.4 Rubio 49.2 Bogdanovic 49.1 O'Neale 48.3 Davis 48.2 Green 48.1 Ingles 47.1 Gobert 46.2 Niang 45.4...
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    Suppose your name is Mike …

    … Or Jrue, or maybe Malcom or Kemba, or perhaps even Tobias, Khris or Klay. Your agent tells you there’s possibly a very good basketball move for you to Utah this summer, depending on how thing work out between now and them. You respect the organization, and like the fit with the team, but...
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    Actual vs. Pythagorean wins

    I know I've mentioned this before, but it seems worth bringing up again amid what seems to be a somewhat disappointing year so far: Why do you think the difference between our actual wins and Pythagorean wins (expected wins based on point differential combined with schedule) is so stark under...
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    Would you trade ...

    ... Favors, Hood, Jerebko for Jabari Parker & John Henson? Would the Bucks? (Joe Johnson & Teletovic could also be easily thrown in). Maybe this is a stupid idea and there'd certainly be some high-stakes gambling going on here with all the FAs & injury histories involved. But here's my...
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    Evaluate Royce O'Neale

    Here's a game from February where O'Neale probably had a fairly O'Neale type of game (I'm guessing, because I'm not really an expert on him). Not high scoring or flashy, but contributes in a lot of ways. It's against Real Madrid, one of Europe's better teams. Bonus: guest appearances by Luka...
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    Ideal team for Rubio?

    If you have too much time on your hands while we wait for media day, I'm curious to see what your construction of an ideal team to surround Ricky Rubio would be. I'm thinking of the SG-SF-PF-C combo built from all NBA players that would best balance two criteria: a) Maximize Ricky's...
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    Who do you prefer as PF signing?

    Tony Jones said Jazz still looking to sign a PF type. Mentioned three names. Disregarding contract issues, who do you prefer?
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    Poythress?

    Locke mentioned that Alex Poythress could be a consideration for a 3/4 player if nothing else works out (I prefer Mhbah A Moute myself, though his age isn't very helpful for the Jazz). From what I've read, Poythress was a D-League all-star last year, managed 40% on 3s, though on less than 2...
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    Simple question about trading before July

    Well, maybe not a simple question, but a basic one, one that should be talked about more as we're getting worked up about trade possibilities: Does any other team have incentives to complete a trade before July 1? And do any of these possible partners tie in to players we are interested in?
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    Contest: Predict the Jazz Big Board

    How well can you predict the Jazz’s big board? We’ll never know for sure what that big board looks like, but (assuming the Jazz stay in the draft with multiple picks), we can at least see how we do based on who the Jazz end up picking. So here’s the contest for JF bragging rights: share...
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    Why Jazz should (& shouldn't) claim Williams or Bogut on waivers

    Excluding 3 important questions: a) whether the Jazz actually want D-Will and/or Bogut for 25 games/playoffs b) whether the Jazz think they’ll be able to negotiate an extension with Hill or Favors to use their extra cap space (13.6M) c) whether the Jazz think that extra cap space will...
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    The Utah Jazz: the Hilary Clinton of the NBA

    Basketball-reference.com calculates a Pythagorean Win stat which is expected wins based on points scored and allowed. Since Quin Snyder took over (2014-5 season), the Jazz "lead" the NBA in number of Pythagorean wins versus actual wins (in other words, according to point-differential margin...
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    Would you make Mack available to Cavs?

    According to reports out of Cleveland, the Cavs are in negotiations with an unnamed team to acquire another PG. It seems they're not sold on the free agency choices and are not ready to go into the season with only 2nd-round rookie Kay Felder backing up the oft-injured Kyrie Irving. Just from...
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