Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke joined DJ and PK today to talk about the Jazz, the Suns and the year so far
Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke and Jazz NBA Insider gives his Daily Devar in Marvin WIlliams, then runs through the NBA, looks at old Jazz teams and finally shares his findings on the VU stats.
VU Stats notes on the Utah Jazz
- Gordon Hayward leads the NBA in 42.9 miles travelled and leads at 2.7 miles per game.
- Derrick Favors has run 37.3 miles this season
- Enes Kanter has run 33 miles.
- Gordon Hayward has 1187 touches this season highest of any non point guard other than Kevin Love.
- Gordon Hayward averages 67.2 front court touches a game the most of any non point guard
- Derrick Favors 6.4 close touches a game is the 5th most in the NBA, Enes Kanter is 9th with 6.1 close touches.
- Jazz run very little offense off the elbow – Favors lead Jazz with 5.4
- Gordon Hayward is 5th in the NBA in secondary assists, passes that lead to the assist at 1.8 a game. He is also 7th in the league in FT assists per game, assists that lead to FG at .9 a game.
- Best rim protectors in the NBA are holding teams below 40% and the worst are allowing above 60%. Derrick Favors is at 50.7%, Kanter is 54.4%, Gobert is 44.4%, Marvin Williams is 46.2%, Evans is 64.3%
- Gordon Hayward gets 67.7% of rebounds he has a chance to get (within 3.5 feet) 16th best in the NBA of players getting 4.5 rebs or more a game. Gobert grabs 66.3%, Marvin Williams grabs 61.3%, Favors 58.7%, Kanter 50% – Kanter is 114th out of 117 out of players averaging 4.5 rebs a game. Millsap is 113th.
- Favors is 10th in the NBA in contested rebounds per game at 4.1, Kanter is 16th at 3.9. Kanter is 3rd in the NBA in the % of his rebounds that are contested.
- Gordon Hayward leads the Jazz with 6.6 drives per game. The Jazz get 7.3 pts on those drives
- Richard Jefferson is shooting 52% on drives and the Jazz get 4.6 pts on his 4 drives per game
- Marvin Williams leads the Jazz in catch and shoot points at 5.6 per game, he is shooting 44% on catch and shoot and 45.7% on catch and shoot three’s.
- Richard Jefferson is shooting 36% on catch and shoot and 37% on catch and shoot three’s, he takes 4.7 catch and shoot attempts a game.
- Gordon Hayward is getting 4.7 catch and shoots a game but shooting just 29.3% on catch and shoot and 32.7% from three.
- Trey Burke has missed all 12 catch and shoot shots this year
- Enes Kanter shoots 44% on catch and shoot.
- John Lucas shoots 32.5% on catch and shoot and 35.1% from three.
- Gordon Hawyward takes 6.6 pull shots per game and hits on 35.2% and 20% if it is a three
- Trey Burke is hitting 40% of his pull ups and 50% if they are three.
- Alec Burks shoots 24.3% on pull ups and 20% from 3 – 9th worst in the NBA for EFG%
Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives his Daily Devar, then runs through 2 news notes on the NBA and breaks down the Jazz win over the Bulls and the play of Gordon Hayward
Did you miss the Jazz game? Did you catch the big moments? How about the Hayward to Evans alley opp? Catch it all here on Jazz Game Rewind
EMPTYING THE NOGGIN
- A win. A much needed win. A much better Thanksgiving for the guys off a win.
- This is one of the learning moments for these guys. They got through adversity, they found a way to make a plays and this is the first step in a long process of learning how to win together.
- Big plays tonight by the veterans Richard Jefferson and Marvin Williams. Both were solid. Marvin played 44 minutes and Richard notched 38. These guys are are giving everything they have. They are setting a great example for the younger players on how to approach the game and how to get through tough moments. They stay really cool in big moments.
- Marvin may have been really banged up last year because this is a totally different player this year. He is a better stretch 4 than a 3 but he played both tonight when Jeremy Evans was on the floor. 17 pts, 9 rebounds and 7 of 14 shooting.
- Jeremy Evans is becoming a solid NBA player. He notched 23 solid minutes tonight. Noah drove him into the lane a few times and defensive rebounding is still going to be an issue but he is making enough other plays that he is worthwhile to have on the floor. He had 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals. He is able to get above people to make plays. Teams are going react to him and it will be a process but right now it is wonderful to see.
- Big shots, big moments for a lot of the guys. The Jazz went 6:20 without a point in the 4th quarter and lost the lead and then Gordon hit big fade with 4:07 left to give the Jazz a 2 point lead, Burke hit a floater in the lane with 1:45 left, then in overtime Trey nailed a huge 3, Gordon and Jeremy connected on an alley opp wth 1:25 left to virtually clinch the game. Those are big moments
- The alley opp from G to JE was so cool. Those two are the best of friends and for them to connect on this moment after waiting for 4 years was loaded with emotion. You could see JE when he turned to Gordon after the dunk that he had this huge grin on his face almost to say we did it.
- Jazz defense was strong tonight. Bulls shot 39.2% and were 1 for 13 from three. The Jazz have played a lot of great offensive teams this year and to finally play a poor offensive team and show you can defend is a nice step
- Gordon Hayward played how he can be successful tonight. He is not a one on one breakdown player. He is a great teammate. He can make plays with the ball in his hand for his teammates. His natural instinct is to play the team game. He did it tonight with a career high 12 assists and only 1 turnover
- Derrick Favors got in foul trouble and Rudy Gobert was really good in the minutes he played. He wrecks havoc on the floor. 9 rebounds in 21 minutes. When Gobert was on the floor the Bulls shot 10 of 24 with 5 turnovers in that period of time
- Nice win – more can be learned out of good moments than bad ones. We need some of these this season
First, being the #1 option on offense is completely new for Gordon. Last year, he played off of his teammates and had a very successful year. This year he has to make things happen. This is a huge jump. The best players in the NBA struggle with this adjustment. Take a look at Kevin Durant’s first year in the NBA when he tried to be a go to guy. (Yes, Durant was a rookie and Hayward is a 4th year player, but also no one anticipates Hayward being Durant)
Being a number 1 option is making plays for yourself. Very few players in the NBA are capable of doing achieving this with any success.
This year only 48.9% of Hayward’s field goals have been assisted. The most assists have come from Burks and Jefferson, not a point guard. Last year, 69% of his field goals were assisted and most of them by Mo Williams, Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley. No one has been hurt more by the lack of a point guard than Gordon.
Gordon is learning how to manufacture his own shot and he is making huge progress. The toughest shot for a player is the mid range shot from 5 to 15 feet. This shot is taken in traffic, usually off a dribble and more often than not means finding a tough shooting pocket.
Last year, Gordon was 34 of 91 on 5 to 15 foot shots (37%). These shots are unassisted shots. Of all of those field goals only 35% of those were assisted last year.
This year, Hayward is 18 of 42 (43%) with a really strong performance specifically from 10 to 14 feet. Of his 10 to 14 feet shots 92% of those shots have been unassisted. Worth noting as well last year in entire season he attempted 91 shot from 5 to 15 feet and this year in 15 games he has attempted half nearly half of that.
In addition, inside 5 feet Hayward is finishing at 58.5% and 52% of those are assisted. Last year he made 53.5% and 62.3% were assisted. These are much more difficult shots when they are self created and he is making them at a higher rate.
If he has improved in these areas how come he is shooting under 40% on the season. Last year outside 20 feet he shot 149 of 360 (41.3%) and on three’s 101 of 242 (41.7%). The key here is 83% of those shot were assisted.
This year, his 20+ feet shots are falling just 28 of 102 (27%) and his three’s 20 for 65 (31%) and the big difference is he is being forced to create these himself. On these 28 field goals 19 have been assisted or 68% instead of the 83% of a year ago.
As Trey Burk gets more comfortable and others on the team start to create opportunities Hayward will start making his outside shots again and in the meantime he is learning how to make shots inside 15 feet which are far more difficult shots.
These are all puzzle pieces to a complete player. It takes a long time for the puzzle to be completed.