The first glimpses of the 2013-14 Utah Jazz appeared as the Orlando Pro Summer League tipped off Sunday. Utah’s 69-59 victory over the Miami Heat featured growing pains (Trey Burke 1-12 shooting), physical pains (Alec Burks twisted ankle), but also several promising moments. While summer league isn’t a great indicator for regular season performance, basketball is basketball and here are some of the yesterday’s Jazz higlights.
Alec Burks 10 points
Burks had a terrific 2012 summer league and was clearly the best player on the floor during his 11 minutes of playing time before he left with a twisted left ankle that didn’t appear serious but will likely be dealt with conservatively. From all of Burks’ polished scoring moves, I particularly liked the catch&shoot open three from the left wing – which was created by high screen-roll between Burke&Gobert.
Trey Burke back-to-back drive&dishes for dunks
Burke struggled shooting from the floor but never lost his confidence (he seldom allowed a poor shooting performance to alter his play at Michigan either) and finished the game with two spectacular assists to Rudy Gobert and Jeremy Evans who capitalized with thunderous dunks.
Rudy Gobert 6 points & 3 blocks
Gobert’s statline of 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks don’t tell the full impact of his play. He also altered a handful of other shots and displayed an impressive ability to show out on high screen-roll and then recover.
Dionte Christmas 14 points
Christmas came in July as the 26-year old shooting guard out of Temple played the best floor game out of anyone. Christmas scored a team-high 14 points on 6-10 shooting from the floor and 2-4 shooting from behind the arc. He also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists – two of which led to dunks.
2013 Jazz Summer League Schedule
7/7 – Sun – Miami (W – 6 points)
7/9 – Tue – Houston – 3:00 PM ET/1:00 PM MT
7/10 – Wed – Brooklyn – 11:00 AM ET/9:00 AM MT
7/11 – Thu – Indiana – 11:00 AM ET/9:00 AM MT
7/12 – Fri – TBA
All games will be televised on NBATV.