Posted by: Van on July 17th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
In less than a short week the Orlando Summer league has come and gone, and in its wake has left us with more questions than answers. Still, it did provide a small window of insight into the upcoming season of Utah’s young nucleus of players. As you read a few things to bear in mind would be:
- Grades will only be given to players who will most likely make the Jazz roster
- Grades are purely based on the 5 summer league game performances
- Grades are not an overall indictment of a player’s talent or potential
Of all the players on the Utah Jazz summer league roster, Burks generated the most media buzz and rightfully so. At times Burks looked like a man among boys, as he should considering his draft pedigree and talent. The problem with Burks play is at times it can be so uneven, seemingly pouring it on then suffering stifling droughts. If not for a slow start versus Detroit and a poor showing against OKC, Burks would have easily aced the exam, but sadly it was not the case. Burk’s strongest aspect of his game was his ability to finish at the basket and draw fouls, averaging nearly 5 free throws per contest and shooting 88.6 percent from the stripe, although his shooting from behind the arc was painful.
Grade: B +
Kanter’s first showing during the Orlando summer league was really a performance to forget. Conveniently enough, Kanter seemed able to banish it from his memory as what followed from the young Turkish center was far more impressive over the remaining 4 game course. As each game progressed, Kanter’s ability to produce on the court seemed to grow in equal measure with his most impressive effort coming in a losing effort against Oklahoma. Kanter’s offensive game is still a work in progress as he flashed his up and under move as well as a few attempts at some hook shots, and as always was able to dominate the boards while shooting a respectable 50% from the floor. While many expected Kanter to be more dominant against the lesser summer league competition, it’s important to keep in mind that Kanter is still an exceptionally young player drafted as a work in progress, and we are still just two short months removed from the 2010/2011 season.
As the newest member of the Utah jazz, Kevin Murphy was not unlike some of the other players mentioned above, that started slow out of the gates but progressed throughout the five game series. Many analysts are eager to see if Murphy can translate his smooth shooting stroke and scoring acumen from Tennessee Tech to the NBA, and the summer league gave us a small window into Murphy’s potential. Murphy’s role was varied a bit over the course of the summer league games, but in large the coaches wanted to see if he could hit the spot up jumper, and create some space for himself without the ball in his hands, which he did with relative success. As Murphy found his rhythm, more of his shots began to fall, especially in the final contest against Oklahoma, where Murphy went 2-3 from behind the arc.
Grade: C +
Carroll was actually unable to play the full five game set because of injury but he did log significant minutes in two of Utah’s first games. Carroll was seemingly able to elevate his level of play last year and earn a significant role on the Utah Jazz roster late in the season; sadly he was unable to carry that momentum into the summer league. Carroll’s first two appearances in the summer league were largely uninspiring and left much to be desired. DeMarre struggled badly with his shot and failed to make many of the energy plays many of us were so accustomed to seeing Carroll make over the course of last season.
Grade: D (inc)
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