May 18, 2020, 12:05 pm
2019-2020 Utah Jazz Season Recap to date
2018-2019 Record Home Record Road Record
50-32 29-12 21-20
2019-2020 Record Home Record Road Record
41-23 21-10 20-13
Fun Facts for the season
-The transition to the Jazz did not bode well for Mike Conley in his first season with a new team. Outside of an injury-riddled 2017-18 campaign that limited him to 12 games, Conley had his worst fantasy season since his rookie campaign as he saw most of his stats fall well below his career marks: -3.8 minutes, -1.0 points, +0.2 rebounds, -1.4 assists, -0.6 steals, -.034 field goal percentage, -.023 free throw shooting. There were not many players who disappointed as greatly as Conley did this season as he finished with 14th/16th round per game value after having an ADP in the 5th round (according to Yahoo!).
-Although Conley disappointed in his first year with the Jazz, he also negatively affected the value of Joe Ingles. Ingles enjoyed two seasons inside the top-100 in 8/9-cat leagues prior to 2019-20, when he finished outside the top-120. When Conley was sidelined with a hamstring injury in December, Joe Ingles saw his value surge as he returned 4th/4th round per game value during a 20-game stretch.
-Donovan Mitchell has been extremely consistent in his first three seasons in the league and his fantasy value reflects that as he has never finished higher than the 42nd ranked player in per-game value and no lower than the 56th ranked player in per-game value (8/9-cat formats).
-Despite leading their team in fantasy value for the last three seasons, both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell underperformed their ADP (according to Yahoo!) by about a round and a half of value.
-In addition to Mike Conley, the Jazz also brought in Bojan Bogdanović in the offseason and he continued to show how he can help fantasy rosters as an extremely durable (Bogdanović has played in 492 of 505 regular and postseason games: 97%) and efficient scorer who doesn’t contribute much else on the stat sheet. Despite averaging 20.2 points on .447 from the field and .903 from the free throw line, Bojan was on pace to finish with 7th/8th round per game value due to his inability to get defensive stats (0.6 combined steals and blocks) and his poor rebounding and assist numbers (4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists).
-Tony Bradley is someone to keep an eye on as he has excelled in an extremely limited sample size. In two starts (the team was without Gobert), Bradley averaged 11 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and two blocks on .833 shooting in 22.6 mpg. Although he will likely continue to be buried on the bench in Utah, Bradley is a name to add to watch lists in case he finds himself a larger opportunity.
Rosterable in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)
-Rudy Gobert (4th round/3rd round)
-Donovan Mitchell (4th round/4th round)
-Bojan Bogdanović (7th round/8th round)
-Joe Ingles (11th round/12th round)
-Jordan Clarkson (13th round/12th round)
Showed flashes of fantasy value in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)
-Mike Conley (7th round/8th round since Feb 1)
Rosterable in standard points leagues
(This is Yahoo’s standard scoring system, we’ll be using them as a reference for the rankings but obviously things will be different in your league if you use a custom scoring format or play on ESPN/CBS/Fantrax)
-Rudy Gobert (3rd round)
-Donovan Mitchell (4th round)
-Bojan Bogdanović (8th round)
-Joe Ingles (9th round)
-Mike Conley (10th round)
Flashes of value in standard points leagues:
-Royce O’Neale (10th round since Feb 12)
Predicting standard league relevant players for 2020-21 season
-Rudy Gobert (all formats)
-Donovan Mitchell (all formats)
-Bojan Bogdanović (all formats)
-Mike Conley (all formats)
-Joe Ingles (points leagues)
Potential for standard league value for 2020-21 season
-Joe Ingles (8/9-cat)
-Jordan Clarkson (all formats)
Upcoming Notable Free Agents
-Jordan Clarkson (unrestricted)
-Emmanuel Mudiay (unrestricted)
-Georges Niang (team option of $1.78M in 2020-21)
-Jordan Clarkson (acquired via trade)
-Dante Exum (traded to Cavs)
-Jeff Green (waived)
Upcoming Draft Picks
-2020 first round pick
-2021 first round pick (protected 1-7 and 15-30, 8-14 to Memphis; if unconveyed becomes top-6 protected in 2022 and 7-30 to Memphis; if unconveyed becomes top-3 protected in 2023 and 4-30 to Memphis; if unconveyed becomes top-1 protected in 2024 and 2-30 to Memphis)
-2021 second round pick (via Golden State)
-2022 first round pick
-2022 second round pick
May 24, 2020, 9:20 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Following Governor Andrew Cuomo's greenlight from earlier on Sunday, the Nets will reopen their practice facilities on Tuesday.
The team will open its doors to voluntary player workouts. The team's statement went on to elaborate that they would strictly follow NBA and infectious disease expert protocols as they resume activities. It's another small step in the right direction as the NBA continues its climb towards trying to play actual games.
Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter
May 24, 2020, 8:03 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker feels that his left knee hampered him earlier this year because of all of the basketball he's played over the course of his career.
The knee pain has been a constant this season, and Walker has missed eight games due to the injury overall. He should be fully recovered for when the season does resume at this point, and if he is able to get enough practice reps in he'll be able to avoid any restrictions whenever the league-wide shutdown is lifted.
Source: The Athletic
May 24, 2020, 7:56 pmAnte ZizicPF, Cleveland Cavaliers
If Ante Zizic chooses to leave the NBA when he hits free agency this offseason, he could draw interest from Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Zizic had a lot of success in 2016-17 when he was last in the Euro League with Darussafaka, averaging 9 points and 6.7 rebounds in under 21 minutes per game. In comparison, he's been an afterthought for the Cavs this season, only averaging 10 minutes per game. Moreover, the Cavs declined to pick up his player option for next season, and they already have plenty of options for the frontcourt between Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr., and possibly DeAndre Drummond (player option). Maccabi will have to see how much salary flexibility they have this offseason as ticket sales are likely to take a hit in Israel next year.
Source: Euro Hoops
May 24, 2020, 7:33 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that professional sports teams based in New York may resume operations immediately.
With Governor Cuomo's green light in place the Knicks and Nets are now just waiting for Adam Silver's seal of approval on getting back into there facilities. The majority of the league now has state approval to access their practice facilities and the NBA is slowly ramping up activities in hopes of resuming games in July.
Source: Andrew Cuomo on Twitter
May 23, 2020, 9:43 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported that the NBA has entered "exploratory conversations" with Disney on restarting the season at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said the NBA and NBPA have discussed with Disney on restarting the season in late July. Marc Stein reported on Friday that it is looking increasingly likely that games will resume in July, and it appears that the stage for the rest of the 2019-20 season is likely to be Orlando.
May 23, 2020, 9:32 pmLaMelo BallPG, International
The Knicks have LaMelo Ball as their top-rated point guard for the 2020 NBA Draft.
The Knicks have a need at point guard and Ball is considered the point guard with the highest upside in this draft. He had poor shooting numbers in his 12 games in the NBL this past season, shooting .250 from deep and .375 from the field. He is a gifted passer though and averaged 6.8 assists per game in 31.3 minutes, adding 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals. If Ball was drafted by the Knicks, he could help younger players RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson get easier looks. Ball will likely be given an opportunity to run the offense by the team that drafts him and he could put up big assists numbers. He also has an impressive steal rate in limited play in Australia, but his shooting percentages are a big concern.
May 23, 2020, 9:15 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said “There are no Beal Sweepstakes and that’s why he re-signed with the Wizards.”
Bartelstein continued to say “Brad re-signed with the Wizards because he wanted to stay in Washington and the Wizards wanted to keep him there.” Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported earlier in the week that the Nets had internal discussions with the Wizards for Beal. A trade out of Washington would likely hurt Beal’s fantasy value, but it’s not worth putting too much stock into trade rumors for Beal in dynasty leagues.
May 22, 2020, 9:13 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac, who sustained a serious left knee injury in January, said his knee is "feeling strong" and that he has been squatting increasingly more weight recently.
Isaac also said recently that he's open to returning if and when the NBA season is resumed and as long as the Magic organization is on-board with it. He has been running on an anti-gravity treadmill and indicated that his knee feels "110 percent" after more than four months of rehab. Isaac is a huge part of the Magic's future and it remains to be seen whether or not they will take the risk.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
May 22, 2020, 8:59 pmStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
Certain NBA franchises in highly-restricted areas due to COVID-19 are inquiring with league officials about heading straight to the proposed "bubbles" rather than heading to an alternate location to train, completing a quarantine, then going to the bubble and completing a second quarantine period, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
The idea behind this is to avoid quarantining twice, first for a training period and then for again when they reach the bubble. Since players on these teams are (theoretically) already under heavy self-quarantine restrictions, this could potentially come to fruition. It seems like a realistic proposition at this point, although everything is still in a planning stage as far as an NBA return is concerned. Only time will tell and there are rumblings that teams are preparing to recall the majority of their players on or around June 1. It seems like some definitive announcements might finally be somewhat imminent.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 22, 2020, 8:43 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
According to Marc Stein, NBA teams are likely going to be limited to "bring (roughly) 35 players/coaches/staff into a 'campus' environment if the 2019-20 season…resumes in July."
The continuation of the season is looking increasingly likely to happen in July. Those travel parties of 35, notably, have not mentioned the players' families (or anybody's family members, for that matter). There will undoubtedly be further developments as the situation materializes.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter