Utah Jazz: Two promising players on the roster could make a difference

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I opened my Utah Jazz mailbag this week and answered a few questions from fans and one of the topics that kept coming up was the younger prospects on the team and which player would take a big step in development or who were you excited about.

This is a topic that I get excited about every season and could be even more interesting in the near future for jazz. Not only do I love watching the pace of development and seeing who succeeds and who fails, but I also love rooting for the underdogs and watching hard work turn into happiness.

I mentioned in my Mailbag article that the upcoming season is going to be huge for Jared Butler and could provide him with a great opportunity to become the player the Jazz team expected when they drafted him.

But, there are some other players that I particularly care about. First, Jazz’s signature two-way, junior Johnny Guzhang. Watched him a little bit during his time at UCLA and then watched him more when he played summer league ball with the Jazz last month, and he feels like someone who could really turn into an exceptional role player with a long career in the NBA.

The things that really stand out for me with Juzang is that he’s a natural goalscorer who can score at every level and doesn’t feel rushed or his confidence shaken. Even when the ball doesn’t go in, he hasn’t changed his shot selection or been shy about letting it fly, which is hard to teach even to some veteran players, so it was nice to see in a new player. In addition, I noticed how flexible and stable its shooting form was. Whether it was a 3-pointer jump or a 15-foot-tall, it never changed shape and always looked balanced with a quick release. Again, something not as common as you think.

The other player that really interests me is Leandro Bolmaro, the 6-foot-6 Jazz striker on Rudy Gobert’s deal.

He’s a sophomore outside Argentina and really seems to have the tools to be a ‘do it all’ type player. He’s a good passer, he has a good hand, tall length, he knows how to get himself out of tough situations without turning the ball around and he’s also a smart goalscorer.

These are the two players on the roster that I’d like to keep an eye on, but I’m also excited to see who the Jazz team will bring to the bottom of the roster once summer starts and who the Jazz team might be signing for another two-way or who they might add to the star roster. There can be some rough diamonds.

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This week the crew pays homage to the legend, Bill Russell, before touching on some other NBA news as well as the latest non-news on the Donovan Mitchell front.

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from archives

This week in jazz history

While it’s not specifically jazz related, I thought this was an interesting piece of NBA trivia that would be good to share.

on me August 3, 1949The American Basketball Association (BAA) merged with the National Basketball Association (NBL) to form the National Basketball Association. The BAA included the Boston Celtics, Minneapolis Lakers (later Los Angeles Lakers), New York Knicks, Philadelphia Warriors (later Golden State Warriors), and Rochester Royals (later Sacramento Kings). The NBL included the Syracuse Nationals (later Philadelphia 76ers) and Tri-Cities Blackhawks (later Atlanta Hawks).

How to spend time outside

Now that the jazz season is over, that means I have some time to pursue the things I love but don’t have time for during the NBA season. Here I will suggest the latest way to pass the time off season and take your suggestions as well.

Spending time with good people is very good for the soul.

Sure, this is probably one of the most obvious things anyone could say, but I sometimes feel like we sometimes get caught up in our daily cycles and forget to renew ourselves with good company and nurture important relationships.

This week I had a lovely evening with some of my favorite people. There was good food, talks, and hearty laughs, and by the end of the night I was thinking that this was exactly what I needed and that I should aim to do it more often.

I know life can be busy and I know finding time for a large group can be difficult, but if you have the ability to plan ahead and carve out some time to spend with the people who build you up and make you feel happy you should. Like I said, it really nourishes the soul.

extra points

  • The Utah Jazz will open their preliminary roster in Canada (Deseret News)
  • Jazz assistant Alex Jensen is getting a new gig (part-time) with Team USA (Deseret News)
  • Donovan Mitchell’s Top 5 Jazz Moments (So Far?) (Salt Lake Tribune)

About the league

Entering the final year of his deal, LeBron James and the Lakers are discussing extending it.

Oklahoma City Thunder re-contract with Mike Moskala.

A study of the Celtics chase by Kevin Durant.

Leandro Bolmaro during a game break against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Minneapolis. Bolmaro became a member of the Utah Jazz as part of the Rudy Gobert trade that sent Gobert to the Timberwolves.

Craig Lassig, news agency

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