Player News - Jazz

Date: Team: Pos:

Donovan Mitchell won the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest.

He broke out the Vince Carter jersey for the "it's over" 360 dunk to clinch it. Dennis Smith Jr. still had the best dunk of the night with his wild through-the-leg jam, but the judges weren't fans of his first dunk. Mitchell continues to shine with his in-game dunks as one of the best values in fantasy hoops.
Feb 17 - 10:22 PM

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said that Minnesota isn't planning on signing Derrick Rose.

Rose was waived by the Jazz last week, and there were immediate rumors that he might re-join former coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota. However, Taylor shot down that idea on Thursday. "If we could find the right person to fit into our team and have some ability to play, get out there on the floor, we are certainly going to look at it," Taylor said. "We kept one slot open all year long just in case that possibility occurred. But as of today we don’t have anybody in mind."
Feb 16 - 10:39 AM

Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points with four rebounds, seven assists and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes during a 107-97 win over the Suns on Wednesday.

Break up the Jazz. They're on an NBA-high active win streak at 11 games with Mitchell leading the way. He becomes the first rookie in NBA history to lead his team in scoring during a win streak of at least 11 games. Mitchell has also hit his stride with volume as a scorer with 24-plus in each of his last four games while launching 8.8 treys per game. The Jazz have one of the more favorable schedules among Western Conference teams, so don't be surprised if this Rookie of the Year candidate leads his team to the postseason.
Feb 15 - 12:44 AM

Royce O'Neale scored a career-high 19 points against the Suns on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

He made 7-of-12 from the field and both free throws to make this a fantasy gem. O'Neale has been incredible in his three starts, and he fits in perfectly on this roster. In his three starts, he leads the Jazz with a +22.1 net rating over his 107 minutes, averaging 10.3 points, 6.3 boards, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 treys. He won't blow you away on the stat sheet and Ricky Rubio returning will probably drop Royce to 26-29 minutes, but he's worth a look in some 14-team formats.
Feb 15 - 12:35 AM

Derrick Favors scored 18 points with 12 rebounds, two assists and one block in 33 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

He's been locked in for one of his best stretches of the season, averaging 17.3 points, 10.0 boards, 1.0 steals and 1.7 blocks on 64.5 percent from the field over his last three. The Jazz offense is running faster than usual and they're in the top 10 for offense in their 11-game streak. These are all good things for Favors, who is a must-own player right now.
Feb 15 - 12:30 AM

Ricky Rubio (hip) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game vs. Pheonix.

This will be the third straight game Rubio has missed since injuring his hip last Friday. Fortunately, he will have eight more days off before the Jazz return to action February 23rd vs. Portland after the All-Star break. Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles and Royce O'Neale have been the primary beneficiaries of Rubio's absence.
Feb 14 - 12:43 PM

Ricky Rubio (hip) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Phoenix.

Rubio has missed each of Utah's last two contests. We should have an update on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles and Royce O'Neale have seen upticks in usage rate and production with Rubio sidelined.
Feb 13 - 6:30 PM

Derrick Rose’s future may not be resolved until after the All-Star break when teams resume practicing, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

The Wizards and Timberwolves are two teams that have been mentioned as possible suitors. However, it sounds like we won't have a resolution until next week. Rose can be left on waivers in standard-sized leagues, as it's unlikely he'll make a significant fantasy impact this season regardless of where he lands. Over his last five games in Cleveland, Rose averaged just 3.2 points and 1.4 assists in 11.4 minutes, while shooting just 16.0 percent from the floor.
Feb 13 - 12:01 PM

Royce O'Neale played a career-high 38 minutes in Monday's win over the Spurs, scoring eight points with three rebounds and one turnover.

It was a quiet night for him on the stat sheet, but you have to love the workload. The Jazz think very highly of him and that likely factored into their decision to trade Rodney Hood and waive Joe Johnson. He had 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in 33 minutes on Sunday, so just keep an eye on him.
Feb 13 - 12:23 AM

Derrick Favors scored 19 points with seven rebounds, one steal and three blocks vs. the Spurs on Monday.

Favors hit an efficient 6-of-9 from the field, adding 7-of-10 free throws in just 25 minutes. He won't be an elite fantasy asset as long as Rudy Gobert is healthy, but he's been getting the job done for his fantasy owners during Utah's 10-game winning streak with averages of 12.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks, returning top-80 value in 9-category leagues in that span.
Feb 13 - 12:18 AM
Joe Ingles - G/F - Jazz

Joe Ingles kept his foot on the gas vs. the Spurs on Monday, scoring 20 points with seven rebounds, five assists, four triples and one steal in 39 minutes.

Once again, it was Donovan Mitchell and Ingles running most of the offense with Ricky Rubio (hip) missing his second straight contest. He was on fire coming into tonight's game, and while Mitchell is getting all the headlines, Ingles has been a monster too with a +/- rating of +142 in his previous nine games, shooting 60.45 from the field and 59.3% from the line in that span.
Feb 13 - 12:04 AM

Donovan Mitchell scored 25 points in a 101-99 comeback win over the Spurs, giving the Jazz their 10th straight win.

He's been the Jazz's leading scorer during the 10-game win streak, becoming the first rookie since Wilt Chamberlain to accomplish that. Mitchell only hit 9-of-28 shots and 4-of-6 free throws, but racked up seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and three triples. He was also clutch down the stretch, helping the Jazz claw their way back from a double-digit deficit with 13 points and two dimes in the fourth quarter. He's giving Ben Simmons a run for his money in the Rookie of the Year race and is going to be flying off draft boards in the early rounds next season.
Feb 12 - 11:57 PM

Ricky Rubio (hip) will miss his second game in a row on Monday vs. the Spurs.

Backup PG Raul Neto only played 15 minutes on Sunday, so he didn't really benefit without Rubio. Donovan Mitchell (27 points) and Joe Ingles (24 points, six triples, four assists) ran most of the offense and we expect to see more of the same on Monday. Both are strong plays in all formats.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Royce O'Neale started for Rubio with Donovan Mitchell doing most of the ball-handling, but it was O'Neale that ended up leading the team in assists last night (6) while Raul Neto racked up five and Joe Ingles four. O'Neale carried a miniscule 9.2% usage rate last night and he's not likely to garner much more tonight even with similar court time, as the other four starters will eat up most of what Rubio leaves behind in that regard. Mitchell had a 34.4% usage rate with Ingles at 21.6%, Favors at 20.9% and Gobert at 18.0%.
Feb 12 - 4:21 PM

Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey is optimistic that Jae Crowder will find his form in Utah.

"He’s really versatile defensively and can play really two through four with switches and physicality," Lindsey said. "His build is quite obvious and the systems that he’s played in with Dallas, Boston and Cleveland, we’ve seen enough to think that he can mesh very well in how we play." He had 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, three 3-pointers and one steal in 29 minutes on Sunday and gets a fresh start after a disappointing stint in Cleveland. Joe Ingles and Royce O'Neale are playing well, but Crowder's ability to play multiple positions should help him carve out a nice role. We'll see if he can keep it going.
Feb 12 - 9:26 AM
Joe Ingles - G/F - Jazz

Joe Ingles set a new career-high with 24 points during Sunday's win vs. Portland, making 8-of-12 shots including a 6-of-9 mark from downtown.

Ingles had just established a career high in scoring on Friday with 23 points, and it didn't take him long to exceed that mark. He was particularly good in the third quarter, helping the Jazz open up a big second-half lead, and his renewed aggression is part of the reason Utah has reeled off nine straight victories. He shouldn't be on the waiver wire, especially with Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson both out of the picture.
Feb 11 - 11:56 PM


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