INSIDER—Why Steve Novak and what it means

Today the Utah Jazz acquired Steve Novak (along with a future 2nd round pick) from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Diante Garrett.

* First thing is that Diante Garrett had little place on this team after the drafting of Danté Exum. Garrett had a nice year last season and proved he is an NBA player, but with Exum and Burke the Jazz don’t have a spot for him on the roster. His non-guaranteed contract was appealing to Toronto, which is likely to cut Garrett.

* The Jazz need shooting. Novak brings a true stretch four to the roster. Novak is 6-foot-10 and 235 pounds, and he can flat out shoot it. Over the last four seasons, the 31-year-old has shot 56.5%, 47% 43% and 43% from 3-point range. The last three season he is a combined is 334-for-755 (44%) from three.

* Novak is a one-dimensional player; he is not a rebounder or a passer—he is a shooter.  However, over the last three seasons his teams are +454 when he is on the floor.

* On spot-up 3s last year, he was 39-for-87 (45%). 65% of his offense was on spot-ups.

* On catch-and-shoots last year, Novak shot 47% and 46% on 3s for an EFG% of 69.2%, second best in the NBA for players who had at least 100 catch-and-shoot points. Only Kyle Korver was better.

* Novak is not thought of as a defensive player, yet the numbers don’t show him being exposed when used correctly. He struggles covering post-ups, as teams shot 61% against him. But against other stretch 4s he did a decent job in isolation on the pick-and-roll according to Synergy Sports.

* The Raptors were +6.5 per 48 minutes when Steve Novak was on the floor and +2.7 when he was on the bench. The Raptors’ offense with Novak on floor was at 106.3 when was on the bench was a 105.8. However, when he was on the floor the defense was not as good.

* He is not capable of being a starter even in the case of injury, so this doesn’t close the door on Marvin Williams and doesn’t close the door on the Jazz making frontcourt moves. The Jazz need some insurance in case Favors or Kanter misses anytime due to injury. As the roster sits right now, they don’t have a player who can start in place of either of these players.

* If this move should put anyone’s roster spot in jeopardy I don’t think it does a lot for Jeremy Evans. If Favors, Kanter, Gobert, Novak and another free agent addition are your frontcourt, where does Evans fit?