September 15, 2019, 9:16 amJoe InglesSF, Utah Jazz
Joe Ingles was effective in Team Australia's loss against France, putting up 17 points (7-of-11 from the floor), five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 34 minutes.
Ingles was an all-around statistical force throughout the tournament, and was the focal point of Australia's surprising 4th place finish. He is begging everyone to not overlook him in fantasy drafts this season as he continues to be taken near or outside of the top-100. His stat-set will make him a player worth owning even without a starting role for the Jazz.
September 15, 2019, 9:07 amRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert was very quiet in France's 67-59 win over Australia totaling just two points, four rebounds, three turnovers and four personal fouls in just over 19 minutes of action.
Gobert's production in FIBA faded after his commanding performance against Team USA, but thanks in part to the depth France rolled out, he didn't need to be dominant for them to secure their bronze medal. Evan Fournier led the way for France in this one, scoring 16 points while chipping in two 3-pointers and five rebounds.
September 14, 2019, 7:40 amDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell scored 16 points with 10 assists as US beat Poland 87-74 on Saturday to finish seventh place in the tournament.
Mitchell was an efficient 5-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from downtown but the bigger story of course was USA's disappointing showing as this was only the second time that they finished outside the top-3 in the FIBA World Cup since 1978. Kemba Walker (neck), Jayson Tatum (ankle) and Marcus Smart (hand/quad/calf) all sat out the final game as they now have two weeks to rest before the start of training camp.
September 13, 2019, 12:51 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert was invisible in France's loss to Argentina in the semifinals of the FIBA World Cup, scoring just three points and pulling down 11 rebounds in 29 minutes.
This just wasn't enough from Gobert, who couldn't impose his will against a weaker Argentina squad on paper. Joining him in the "forgot there was a game" club was Nicolas Batum, who consistently finds a way to do nothing in heavy minutes. Batum's line in this one was a paltry three points (1-of-6 shooting), five boards, one assist and a block.
September 13, 2019, 12:42 pmPatty MillsPG, San Antonio Spurs
Patty Mills was the star for Australia, scoring 34 points and hitting four triples against Spain, but Australia fell in double overtime 95-88.
Mills did as much as he could but he just didn't get enough help from his supporting cast. Joe Ingles couldn't find the basket and only had four points (to go along with 10 rebounds and seven assists). With that off night of shooting from Ingles, the Aussies needed someone like Matthew Dellavedova (six points) or Aron Baynes (six points) to step up.
September 11, 2019, 8:59 amDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points on 12-of-23 shooting, as Team USA was defeated by France on Wednesday and got eliminated from the World Cup Semifinals.
France, as expected, proved to be an extremely challenging opponent in a game that came down to the wire. Mitchell emerged as the alpha dog for Team USA in a game where the majority of his teammates failed to show up. This is a disappointing turn of events for an American team that lost an official game for the first time since the World Cup in Japan back in 2006.
September 11, 2019, 8:58 amRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert scored 21 points and added 16 rebounds and three blocks, as France beat Team USA 89-79 and advanced to the World Cup Semifinals.
Myles Turner and Brook Lopez had no answers for the French center who played 34 minutes and anchored their defense while doing damage on the other side of the floor as well. Team USA struggled overall and Pop opted to play small-ball but that wasn’t enough as well. France will now face Argentina on Friday while US will return home with empty hands.
September 5, 2019, 1:31 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert scored 13 points and added eight rebounds on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the field in Thursday's 90-56 beatdown of the Dominican Republic.
Gobert and France again made quick work of their inferior opponents tonight. Evan Fournier pitched in with 10 points and five assists, while Nando De Colo led the team with 15 points. Lithuania is up next on Saturday.
September 3, 2019, 12:26 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert led France to a 39-point win against Jordan with 16 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks in only 22 minutes of action.
The reigning two-time NBA Defensive Player of The Year made it look easy against inferior opponents. Gobert is looking to lead France to a win this summer and they are one of the few teams with a realistic shot at taking home the crown.
September 3, 2019, 8:56 amJoe InglesSF, Utah Jazz
Joe Ingles had another all-around game on Tuesday scoring 17 points and adding 10 rebounds, nine assists and two blocks, as Australia beat Senegal 81-68.
Ingles shot 6-of-8 from the field and played 31 minutes as Senegal proved to be way more competitive than expected. There is talk about Smokin’ Joe coming off the bench this season for the Jazz but his production across the stat sheet is what makes him valuable in standard leagues.
September 1, 2019, 8:48 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell guided the Americans to an easy win on Sunday, scoring 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting in 25 minutes.
Mitchell has been playing well this summer, and looks to be ready for another big season as he enters his third year with the Jazz. Having Mike Conley around should improve Mitchell's shot selection, and raising his field goal percentage from last season would be a nice boost to his fantasy game. The expectations are high for the Jazz this season, and Mitchell's continued improvement will have a big part in determining how far the team goes.
September 1, 2019, 12:06 pmJoe InglesSF, Utah Jazz
Joe Ingles did a little bit of everything in Australia's 108-92 win over Team Canada, posting 13 points, nine assists, five rebounds, three steals and a block in 33 minutes of action.
Ingles' all-around game was on full display in a leading role with this team, and it should be fun to continue tracking what he and the Aussie's are capable of as the tournament progresses. Ingles is looking at the possibility that he comes off the bench in Utah this season in favor of Bojan Bogdanovic. With the ability to stuff the stat sheet, however, he should still hold fantasy value, and could wind up being a sneaky pick in drafts for those who are willing to bank on his ability to produce against weaker bench units.
August 28, 2019, 10:42 amDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Speaking to the Salt Lake Tribune this week, Donovan Mitchell said that defense will be a priority for him during his third season in the league.
“For me, the biggest thing is to elevate my defense, to get back to what got me drafted,” Mitchell told The Salt Lake Tribune. After a breakout rookie season, many were expecting Mitchell to come on strong during his sophomore campaign but the young guard received some criticism based off of his apparent dearth as a defender. It’s good to see the Spida get excited about the other end of the floor and hopefully he was able to pick up a few things from Team USA this summer. The Jazz will definitely need him to elevate his game as they have big plans for the upcoming year.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune
August 21, 2019, 6:26 pmTrevon BluiettPF, Utah Jazz
Trevon Bluiett and Juwan Morgan sign with the Jazz in the hopes of one day playing in an NBA game.
Bluiett was on a two-way contract with the Pelicans last season while Juwan Morgan played for the Jazz in the 2019 Summer League. They will both compete for a roster spot in training camp but neither is a guarantee to make the final roster. They both have yet to see the court in an NBA game and can be ignored from a fantasy perspective until that day comes.
Source: Tony Jones on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 9:16 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert scored 14 points along with nine rebounds, two assists and a block in France's 86-72 win vs. Brazil in the World Cup exhibition games.
Gobert led the team in scoring across 22 minutes of playing time. With the new additions of Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic on the Jazz, Gobert may take a slight hit in scoring however you can still expect excellent field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks. Evan Fournier chipped in 13 points with five rebounds, three assists and a steal for France. Brazil's Bruno Cabloclo scored nine points, seven rebounds and a steal.