Posted by: David J. Smith on November 24th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
It seems like ages, thanks to the Thanksgiving break, but it was fun doing an analysis for last night’s Jazz/Kings game again. A few additional thoughts:
- I wasn’t initially excited when I heard the news about Marvin Williams and Derrick Favors switching up spots in the starting line-up. While that particular unit struggled at the beginning, both Williams and Favors had strong games. I’m sure Tyrone will give this line-up another run, but I’ll be curious–as will all Jazz fans–to see what the regular rotations will be come mid-season.
- Count me as a big Marvin Williams fan. I really like what he’s doing. Friday could’ve been his best performance in a Jazz uniform yet: 20 pts, 6-12 FGs, 7-7 FTs, four boards. He was aggressive and was the offensive spark that was lacking in the first quarter.
- It was awesome to see Earl Watson back on the court. While he only tallied two assists and two rebounds, he looks quick and active.
- I won’t delve too much in the cheering/booing Jimmer Fredette issue, but I find the whole thing bizarre, fascinating, and unique. Truth be told, I am a BYU guy and as a result, am a Jimmer fan. While I want him to succeed, the overwhelming cheering that occurred last season and last night was interesting. Now, the booing–why? Is he public enemy #1? Is it just because he was a Cougar? I think it is unneeded.
- Furthermore, many cringe at the thought of Jimmer in a Jazz uniform. My thought is, if a guy–whether it be Jimmer or anyone else–can help us win, I’m all for it. Some may not want him here because BYU is his alma mater. Personally, I would’ve loved to have had Keith Van Horn, Andre Miller, Michael Doleac, etc. play for us, just because they are/were great players.
- All that said, not saying I think Jimmer should come to Utah or not. Just sharing some quick thoughts. I am anxious to see how he does in a different system than Sacramento’s.
- You can look at things both from a glass half-full or glass half-empty mindset. For the former, Utah came back and won the game. In regards to the latter, the Jazz shouldn’t have been in that position (same in the Toronto game). I’ll go with the “glad we won” side of things, with a hope that we can start playing with more focus.
- DeMarcus Cousins’ scowl is already in midseason form. No one has worse body language, but man, is he talented.
- Keith Smart looks a bit lost out there.
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