Sportando: Utah Jazz eyeing Nemanja Bjelica

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  1. Saint Cy of JFC

    Saint Cy of JFC Well-Known Member

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    He was forced into playing the 3 last year because of the Butler injury. No idea if he actually did well in it.
     
  2. LoPo

    LoPo Well-Known Member

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    If Dedmon picks up his player option and our FO likes him, Burks and #21 for Dedmon, #30 and #34 could be fair (others are speculating #21 for #30 and #34 in the prospect thread).


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  3. Carbon13

    Carbon13 Well-Known Member

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    Looks like were grabbing bjelica. Seems like a solid pick up.
     
  4. Qman

    Qman Well-Known Member

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    Bjelica did better than I expected guarding 3's. He played off them few steps and used his size to challenge shots. He got beat but recovered fairly well using his size to contest. He tracked over off ball screens much better than I expected. Overall it was an impressive level of effort. If plays his natural position at the 4, then I think he would be an average to slightly above average defender.
     
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  5. Saint Cy of JFC

    Saint Cy of JFC Well-Known Member

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    He played his natural position for most of the season.
     
  6. kabenac

    kabenac Well-Known Member

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    "I may not be a suitable defender but I can kick Arron Afflalo's ***"

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  7. silesian

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    His defensive stats are better than I thought (DRPM, Def +-)

    For example, among PFs:
    2017-8: 20 in DRPM, 33 in ORPM
    2016: 15 in DRPM, 33 in ORPM

    Is it possible he gives us the stretch we need and fits defensively?
     
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  8. CALJAZZFAN

    CALJAZZFAN Well-Known Member

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    Signs seem to be pointing at us wanting this guy. He doesn't excite me, but I'd take him over Jonas. A decent guy to round out the bench, and I could be wrong, but certainly not good enough to be our next starting PF.
     
  9. Medianz

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    Better player than the one we've seen under Thibs. Will excel under Quin if he's given confidence.
    I think that Rubio has told this to the franchise and trusts him a lot. And you should trust Rubio's IQ there.
     
  10. NUMBERICA

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    If this guy can bring any of his point guard/forward skills that were originally in his scouting report, be just an average defender, while making 3s (AND not being scared to put them up), that puts him head-and-shoulders above Favors.
     
  11. NUMBERICA

    NUMBERICA Well-Known Member

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    Sign him now.
     
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  12. RRJazz

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    Bjelica was better than Ingles in Europe. One ended up signing with the Jazz, the other one signed with the Wolves. Enough said.

    Ingles playing for the Wolves would be back in Europe by now.
     
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  13. dong2ha

    dong2ha Premium Jazz Fan Contributor

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    he could be a great player for us.

    pretty sure twolves did not utilize him well. we know we will use him better
     
  14. TheStormofWar

    TheStormofWar Well-Known Member

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    That's a great guillotine choke actually.
     
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  15. Bawse Dawg

    Bawse Dawg Well-Known Member

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    If Favors leaves. Bjelly would be in line for a Most Improved Player award.
     
  16. dalamon

    dalamon Well-Known Member 2018 Prediction Contest Winner

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    Bjelica played extremely well when Butler went down, I actually picked him up in fantasy. Go check out his game log in march/april.

    With that said, I don’t think he’s a plus starter at the 4. I trust the Jazz though, and maybe they know something I don’t.

    I really hope we can make a play for Harris during the draft.
     
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  17. kabenac

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    Agreed. What's impressive is how he dodges Afflalo's sucker punch. Afflalo only got two games for it, which is ridiculous. It would have been sweet if Bjelica would have DDT'd him Jake Roberts-style.

     
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  18. Sarni

    Sarni New Member

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    He’s 30 though so I don’t think he has that much room left to improve, then again he has only started playing in the league recently.

    I don’t think he will get a massive deal from anybody. RFA status means Minnesota would probably match every smaller offer but won’t go above $6M a year or so. I don’t think he will get much more than that from teams across the league as money has largely dried up (if he were RFA two years ago he would have got $70M / 4 years or something). He’s also approaching free agency at the same time as many other stretch bigs including Ilyasova, Tolliver, Mbah a Moute, Grant, not to mention Gordon and Parker. Arguably Hezonja and Kyle Anderson in the modern NBA too. Teams will have plenty to choose from and won’t need to go over the top.
     
  19. Hekate

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    3/20 frontloaded. Do it.

    He is a smart player overall and a smart defender. Picks his spots well. He was called the proffesor at Fenerbahçe.
     
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  20. gregbroncs

    gregbroncs Well-Known Member

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    Wasn't that terrible record against one of the toughest stretches of games for any team in the NBA last year though? I'm fairly certain it was.
     
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