The Utah Jazz concluded their 2013 Summer League session in Orlando, falling 73-70 to the Indiana Pacers in Friday morning’s 3rd/4th-Place game.
Trey Burke 8 Points & 5 Assists
Trey Burke started well making 3 of his first 5 field goal attempts before missing 6 of his last 7, including two three pointers in the final 8-seconds. The first three attempt came with Utah down by 2 and with Burke operating a high screen-roll in which the big showed out and forced a tough shot. The final three was a desperation heave off a poorly contructed last-second inbound play. Burke finished his first NBA summer league with averages of 8.8 points and 4.0 assists in 26.8 minutes of play.
Rudy Gobert 6 Points, 10 Rebounds & 3 Blocks
Rudy Gobert again impressed with his activity and length, making all 3 of his shots while pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds and again blocking 3 shots (his third 3-block summer league performance). Gobert finished summer league with averages of 5.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 21 minutes of play.
Raul Neto Highlights
Raul Neto didn’t make a field goal but he got to the line and made several nice passes that resulted in 4 assists – including feeds that led to two field goals by Michael Stockton.
It’s foolish to get excited or disappointed over summer league performances. While basketball is basketball, a hodge-podge of borderline NBA talent thrown together for 5 games in 6 days isn’t an accurate indicator of how field goal percentage will translate to the NBA regular season. While the competition will certainly increase for Trey Burke, in an entirely new setting with more time learning the offense and with a less hectic lifestyle (3 weeks ago the possibility of Burke ending up in Utah seemed like a longshot and in the past two weeks he’s had to go from working out in Ohio to the draft in NY to moving to Utah to then traveling down to Orlando to play with 19 new teammates) it’s likely many of the shots he couldn’t convert in summer league will go down in the preseason. I still think Burke can become a good NBA point guard – but whether he reaches that level or not won’t be determined off one week of summer league play.
Nevertheless, it’s still a 94′ x 50′ court with a 10-foot hoop so aside from the Burke-watch, we saw that Jeremy Evans continues to improve his mid-range jumper (although I think he had a better jump shot last season than most realize), Rudy Gobert has gigantic length that he can utilize as a basketball player (and not just by being a wingspan windmill like Saer Sene), Raul Neto has some flair and Dionte Christmas and Chris Roberts may have what it takes to make some noise in training camp should they be invited.
Until then, Utah Jazz basketball comes to its summer hiatus with very little public action expected over the next two months. Summer league is a nice week for the Jazz to take a look at some of their young players and teach them some basics of their system while getting their inexperienced coaching staff acclimated to them. Aside from that though, the future of the Jazz will be determined in Utah and not Orlando.