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Written by Spencer | 02 August 2011


Enes Kanter wants to play basketball, considers China

Kanter's agent, Max Ergul, told The Salt Lake Tribune on Friday that his client has official offers from two Chinese teams. Ergul does not want Kanter to miss another year of basketball, and he will seriously weigh the offers if the lockout stretches into late September.

"It's very interesting stuff," said Ergul, who said he could not reveal the names of the clubs because details of the negotiations are still confidential. "We'll be entertaining those ideas as well as the lockout progresses. He's a ballplayer — he has to play." [...]

If the lockout does not end by late September and Kanter decides not to play pro ball overseas, he plans to work out with trainer Tim Grover, who also has ties with Chinese teams.

B T Smith Salt Lake Tribune

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Written by Spencer | 31 July 2011

Just a little fun 
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Written by Spencer | 30 July 2011

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I understand the Utah Jazz are a business and need to run as one. However, after reading some thougts on the Pick a Seat promotion yesterday, I wanted to see what the fans thought.  

Survey stays in Window.  

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Written by Spencer | 29 July 2011

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Written by Spencer | 28 July 2011

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Written by Spencer | 22 July 2011

#1 "Pistol" Pete Maravich 

Pistol Pete was Jimmer, before Jimmer even thought about being Jimmer. 

When introduced into the HOF (as the youngest player ever) this was stated about Pistol Pete, "Perhaps [he is] the greatest creative offensive talent in history."

Over his ten year career he averaged 24 ppg as a guard, and shot 83% from the free throw line which is 4th all time among Utah Jazz players. 

Pete is one of three Utah Jazz players that scored 2000+ points in a season, the other two being Dantley and Malone.

Pete is one of two Utah Jazz players to score 60 plus points, the other being the Karl Malone.

Arguably his greatest offensive performance came against the Knicks on Feb 27, 1977 when he exploded for 68 points (without a three point line.)
Video Below... 
Few things to watch for... his mechanics as far as setting up the shot are a little quirky but his release and releases point are spot on...He swishes almost every shot...He perfected the leaner(which tons of players use now)...no three point line... and he fouls out of the game with 1:17 left which probably would have given him 71 or 73....How well he uses his teammates on pics...the baseline hook shot...Dick Bavetta reffing he is the one that shoves the ball in Pete's stomach at the 3:40 mark. 




This is part five of a five part series called, "The Top Five Shooters In Utah Jazz History."




Jazz Fans tell us what you think...  

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Written by Spencer | 20 July 2011

#2 John Stockton 

John Stockton

Gotta love the defense by Barkley here. The single greatest moment in Utah Jazz history. 

Over an eighteen year career, John Stockton shot 13658 shots and made over half of them, .515 exactly.  Read that sentence again. Over an eighteen year career, John Stockton shot 13658 shots and made over half of them, .515 exactly. 

The only complaint that I, and many Jazz fans have, is that he didn't shoot the ball enough. 

Stockton was a solid three point shooter at .384 % 

The most memorable part of John Stockton's shooting or shot was his timing. He only averaged 13 points a game over his career but when those 13 points came was crucial. Obviously, no shot was more timely than the one pictured above.

Stockton scored when we needed a bucket. 

Personally, I think the greatest shot in Stockton's arsenal, was the pull up three pointer. He did early in the shot clock, during semi fast breaks and sometimes during full on fast breaks. Those of you that saw it, know what I am talking about. 
It was beautiful to watch... 





Let Memosimoney take you home. 


 

Side notes Stockton had one career triple double.


This is part two of a five part series called, "The Top Five Shooters in Utah Jazz History." Click here for part 3 part 4 part 5 

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Written by Spencer | 20 July 2011

#3 Jeff Hornacek 


To many of us Jeff Hornacek is simply known as "Horny", and for taking part in the greatest threesome hug in all of sports history. 
 
I don't think that we could have matched a better player, to a better system, at a better time, with Horny on the Jazz from 94-00.

Jeff Hornacek has the highest FT shooting % in Utah Jazz History (200+games) and is 13th on the all time NBA career list at  87.7. He was in the top ten throughout this entire career and led the league in 1990. 

His mechanics, balance, release point and release were flawless, even when coming of the curl. Horny could curl both ways as well, which is a rare find nowadays. Most players are significantly better at the curl turning into their shooting hand. Horny was deadly from both sides. As crazy as it sounds he was also probably one of the best crazy shot shooters of all time as well. When you watch the videos check out some of the ridiculous shots that just makes people go WTF i.e. 360 layups, left hand left side over "The Dream", double cluch buzzer beaters, running three pointers... simply amazing. 

As a two time 3-point champion 98' and 00', not only was Horny deadly from 10-18 he was excellent from deep. Horny is the all time 3pt% shooter in Utah Jazz history at .428%, and the next closest is John Crotty and .393%. 

He was simple a great shooter.

Here are some Horny Highlights to wet the whistle.
 
and some more...some are the same... 

 





This is part three of a five part series called, "The Best Shooters in Utah Jazz History" Part 4 is here Part five is here 

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Written by Spencer | 19 July 2011


#4 Darrell Griffith


Only the greats get nicknames, and the rare few get two. Darrell Griffith is one of those. Known in college as "Dr. Dunkenstein", he led the 1980 Louisville team to the NCAA title. 

Griffith won the rookie of the year in 1980 and led the Jazz to their first playoff appearence ever.

He and Dantley became a powerful duo on the court.

During the 83-85 seasons Griffith was first in the league in 3-pt. field goals, 3-pt attempts, and in 83-84 led the league in %(.361).

While the three point line was introduced a few years before, the numbers and stats show how reluctant teams were to use the three point shot. Even Larry Bird, who only averaged 1.3 makes per game during his career, was still a little reluctant to shoot the ball. The three ball in those days was considered a gimmick. 

Darrell, held the all-time 3 point record (246) at the end of 83-84 season. At the time this number was amazing, but as the league proggressed it would soon become obsolete. Here is a look at the current list, which makes the 246 laughable. 

In the 05-06 season Ray Allen, a top 3 all-time shooter, had 269 (3.28 makes per game) in one season. This just shows the evolution of the three point shot, which is an entirely different discussion.  

Over his entire career "The Golden Griff" (courtesy of Hot Rod Hundley) shot 46% from the field and toward the later end of his career relied a lot on his jump shot. As his body wore down he just didn't get to the rim as much. His first two seasons he got to the FT line more than his last five season combined.

One of Darrell's greatest moves was the transition pull up jumper. Quite possible, one that he taught Stockton who we will talk about later in these posts.

Here is a great compilation video of The Golden Griff.



Side Notes-  Griffith spent his entire ten year career with the Utah Jazz. They retired his number (35) on Dec 4, 1993 



This is part four in five part series called "The Greatest Shooters in Utah Jazz history" for #5 click here.   

 

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Written by Spencer | 18 July 2011

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Good for him...

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