TIPOFF – Feb 20 – Rearview mirror on the trade deadline

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke breaks down the NBA’s trade deadline activity.

PODCAST – Locke joins Spence and Gordon to talk about Kanter trade

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider joins Spence and Gordon on home of the Utah Jazz 97.5 FM home of the Utah Jazz to talk about the trade of Enes Kanter.

PODCAST/VIDEOCAST – Kanter Traded

Utah Jazz Radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke takes your questions about the Jazz trade of Enes Kanter

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INSIDER – Jazz bigs and how they have played together

Quin Snyder has had the difficult task of dividing 96 minutes a night between 4 good big man, Derrick Favors, Enes Katner, Rudy Gobert and Trevor Booker.   Each player has there strengths and weaknesses and in turn compliment each other differently.

What is striking is how this has changed through the season as the defensive system has evolved for the Utah Jazz.

The following chart is the Jazz big man pair for the first half of the season

playing pair bigs 1st half

 

The much talked about Gorbert and Favors combo was rarely used in the first half of the season.   In the first half of the season each line-up with Enes Kanter was a disaster.

Since Dec 19th the halfway point of the 52 games so  far things have been very different

jazz 2nd half bigs

 

The Favors/Gobert combo has become a much more prominent line-up.  Most interestingly the Kanter and Favors line-up has gone from -5.2 per 100 possessions to a -.3 over 100 possessions.  A great improvement.    In addition, the Favors/Booker that was prominent in the first half of the season and unsuccessful has been reduced to particular circumstances and been much more successful .

All three line-ups with Enes Kanter on the floor area above better than league average defensively.  League average is 103.7 and Kanter/Favors is 101.7 since Dec 18th.  101.7 would rank 11th in NBA for a team.   Kanter/Gobert is 100.4 would rank 9th.

What is most exciting about the above graph is that over the last half of the season every Jazz big man pair, other than Booker and Gobert, is a really strong defensive unit.   They have not figured out how to score yet, but they are all defending very well.

 

TIPOFF – Feb 19 – Trade Deadline Edition

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke looks at the latest news surrounding the NBA Trade Deadline.

SPREECAST/PODCAST – Locke and Tribune’s Aaron Falk talk Kanter and Trade Deadline

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke is joined by Aaron Falk to talk trades and the deadline

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ASK INSIDER LOCKE – Should the Jazz trade for Goran Dragic

Burt Macklin @Forrresttree2  @Lockedonsports dragic for Kanter? #asklocke

 The number 1 name in the trade deadline talks right now is Goran Dragic.  Should the Jazz get involved in the Dragic trade talks.   The Jazz point guard position is still developing and there is no question an established point guard would help the Jazz win more games right now.

However, I don’t think the Jazz should jump into the Dragic sweepstakes.  First, he is a free agent at the end of the season and you would have to make sure you could sign him to a long term deal if you trade for him.

Secondly, he seems set on getting a 5 year max deal for nearly 100 million dollars.  You can’t do a 5 year deal unless it is the max.  His entire trade demand is based on getting the 5th year.   I don’t believe he is a 5 year max player..  Last year, he was great in Phoenix a 3rd team all-nba player.  However, prior to that he has not been at that level.  I would be very careful in offering him the 5 year max deal when he may not be a top 10 point guard in the NBA.

Finally, if you sign Dragic for a 5 year deal what are you doing with Burke and Dante.

For all those reasons I don’t think the Jazz should get involved in the Dragic deal.

 

PODCAST – Locke with Scotty G and Hans – on Dragic, Kanter and trade deadline

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke talks with Scotty G and Hans as the trade deadline looms, on Phoenix not making a mistake, Kanter and the Jazz future