INSIDER – Jazz reduce roster to 15

The Utah Jazz have reduced their roster down to 15 players by waiving Jack Cooley and Dahntay Jones. All expectations are the Jazz will open the season with a 15-man roster.

Jones, a 10-year NBA veteran, played a considerable amount for the Jazz in the preseason. He came with a reputation as a solid defensive player and it showed in the preseason. Cooley got limited action in preseason games, but played well throughout camp. Cooley, who played collegiately at Notre Dame, will be property of the Idaho Stampede in the D-League if he plays D-League.

If the roster holds at these 15 players, the final roster spots will have been earned by Toure’ Murry, who has a partially guaranteed contract, and Brock Motum. Motum played very well for the Jazz in Summer League after spending last year playing professionally in Italy.

Motum was the Pac-12′s leading scorer as a junior at Washington State and, at 6-foot-10 with a nice outside touch, is developing into a stretch 4.

Understand this is all fluid based on what other teams do with their rosters, as well as any possible deals that could develop before league rosters need to be finalized.

Ian Clark has shown the ability throughout camp to play both the third point guard and a backup two guard, which has given the Jazz some nice roster flexibility. Toure’ Murry has a similar skill set. Couple that with Jeremy Evans’ experience from last season and, as you can see below, the Jazz roster has each position well covered.

Utah Jazz Roster

PG – Trey Burke, Danté Exum, Ian Clark

SG – Alec Burks, Toure’ Murry

SF – Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood, Carrick Felix

PF – Enes Kanter, Trevor Booker, Jeremy Evans, Brock Motum, Steve Novak

C – Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert

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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Jazz blow out the Thunder

  • Another solid preseason outing for the Utah Jazz. The Thunder are without Durant and three other rotation players, but the Jazz were still terrific. Again, the story of the night was Utah’s transition defense. The Thunder got six fast-break points. Two of those came in the final minute and the other two baskets came in the first quarter when the Jazz committed two fatal turnovers (turnovers committed above the free-throw line) that led to easy layups. The Thunder didn’t get a single fast-break point off a Jazz miss the entire game. This is an incredible change by the Jazz. They have not allowed more than 10 fast-break points in any game this preseason. Last year they were the fourth-worst transition defense in the NBA, allowing 16 points per game. They started training camp with transition defense drills for an hour. The first thing they do in every practice is transition defense. If this holds in the regular season, they have a chance to make huge strides defensively. The Bobcats went  from 30th defensively to fifth last year largely by becoming the top transition defense in the NBA.
  • Enes Kanter was strong tonight. He had a wide array of moves. He hit two threes. He drove to the basket. He was creative around the rim and hit some mid-range shots. He finished with 27 points.
  • Trey Burke had another strong game. The knowledge of what to expect in an NBA season is showing. He made moves around the rim. He has added some shots from five feet out and he finished a few times at the basket. More importantly, tonight was one of the best defensive games I’ve seen him play.
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  • The outlet passes from Derrick Favors were offensive game-changers tonight. He’s throwing passes that get all the way out to half court and it allows the Jazz to start the offense really early. He had 15 rebounds.
  • It was clear before the game that Scott Brooks the Thunder coach had not watched the Jazz film at all. Teams don’t prepare for preseason games the same way they do for regular season games, and the Jazz are taking advantage of that. The Jazz, on the other hand, are treating each of these games like a regular season game, with detailed shootarounds in order to install the culture Quin Snyder wants before games. Can’t give a ton of details, but it’s an impressive level of detail.
  • Not sure what the Thunder are going to be like without Durant. He just pulls so much of the defense to him and opens up so much for his teammates with his presence, even when he doesn’t have the ball. There’s a chance the Thunder could be mediocre without KD.
  • Utah’s bench was 4-for-24 shooting tonight. The rookies combined to go 0-for-11.   This is going to be a real issue in the regular season. Coach Snyder is going to have to find a way to work the rotation to complement these players without bringing the whole level of play down.
  • Gordon Hayward had another four steals tonight. He has 20 steals in the preseason.
  • Trey Burke has gone 16-for-30 from three in the preseason.
  • Rudy Gobert is 15-for-23 from the free-throw line for 65%. That is enough. He looks comfortable on the floor and has a huge impact on the game.
  • We saw what felt like a regular season rotation. The first sub at 5:44 was Hood for Burks, and then Burks came back for Hayward at the end of the quarter. The first big was Booker for Kanter at 5:25, and then Gobert came in for Favors at 2:24. Exum replaced Trey, and then when Danté struggled, Clark came in as the next point guard and played with Trey some in the second quarter. Hayward returned for Burks, and finally, Burks took Clark out near the end of the quarter. Favors and Gobert played together for about two minutes in the second quarter and the Jazz were +5. The third quarter was the same concept as the first, but Ian Clark came in instead of Burks.

POSTCAST – Jazz blow out the Thunder in preseason play

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