Gunther & Ben

Jazz advance in Las Vegas Playoffs

The Utah Jazz won an ugly first round playoff matchup against the Orlando Magic in the Las Vegas Summer League. Both the Magic, and Jazz rested their first round draft picks from the last two seasons, with Orlando benching lottery picks Mo Bamba and Jonathan Isaac, and the Jazz sitting Grayson Allen and Tony Bradley.

Diamond Stone continued his solid play in Las Vegas, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds, but will likely be a victim of circumstance with his opportunity to make the Jazz. Simply put, the Jazz have too many centers on the roster between Rudy Gobert, Tony Bradley, and Ekpe Udoh. Stone could catch on with another after summer league.

Georges Niang had his worst game of summer league, shooting 4 of 16, but finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and hit a big three late in the game to seal the victory. Niang looks to be the favorite to earn the Jazz final roster spot.

Stanton Kidd again showed the skills that make him look like a potential NBA player. While his stat-line won’t blow you away, (9 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist) Kidd showed off his athleticism, shooting, and ability to get out in transition, all of which should easily translate to the NBA. I wouldn’t rule him out as another option to fill the Jazz final roster spot.

The Jazz will face the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday night in Las Vegas in the Summer League’s second round.


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