Posted by: David J. Smith on October 17th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
For those who may not know, this will be my second season helping with the Deseret News’ Utah Jazz coverage. After each game, I file an Instant Analysis for the online edition. I will try to post these here, along with some additional thoughts that may not have made the final article.
Here is my instant analysis for last night’s tilt with the LA Lakers. Hopefully this is the first of 95-100 articles–meaning a deep Playoff run!
Some additional thoughts:
- I try not to place too much stock in the early preseason, but as you get further along, you can start to see things materialize for the coaching staff and players. These next four games will be telling in some ways.
- With that in mind, I try not to pour accolades too much on those who are performing well or get into a depressed state regarding those struggling. It is the preseason. The rotations are bizarre, the competition subpar at times.
- Kevin Murphy looks like a player. He may need some time in the D-League, but it appears that the Jazz knew what they were doing when they plucked him in the second-round. I like his positioning, his moving without the ball. Seems to be an intelligent player who will play within the offense.
- In case you’ve not seen this, here is Murphy’s 50-point game:
- It would appear that fans are already down on Randy Foye. I honestly feel that is premature. As he showed last night, he can do a lot of positive things for the team. His ability to hit shots from outside will be huge. I also feel his playmaking skills, while not his greatest strengths, are underrated.
- The odds are against them, but Chris Quinn and Darnell Jackson are the invitees who seem to be getting the best looks by the coaches. Perhaps they don’t make the initial roster, but could be insurance additions as the season moves forward and injuries factor into the equation. Quinn has been heady. With his five years of experience, he could be a quality third point guard, should the need arise. And by all accounts from Kings bloggers and fans, Jackson is a great bench player. High energy, great attitude, and solid teammate.
- It would not surprise me to see some cuts following tonight’s bout with the Clippers. Brian Butch and Trey Gilder may be the victims.
Let’s the fun begin! If you are not on Twitter, I encourage you to do so. There are passionate Jazz fans who are talking about our team at anytime in the day. Feel free to follow me at @davidjsmith1232
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