After a tough start, the NBA 2K League is adapting its product and finding success on the virtual hardwood. That includes Jazz Gaming, who are fighting for a playoff spot with five games remaining and $300K on the line.
Three thoughts on the Jazz and Magic playing an ugly basketball game without their best players on Friday, Jairus' Lyles new tryout contract with the Jazz, and Karl Malone's visit to Vegas and interview on ESPN.
Grayson Allen had his best scoring performance of summer league so far with 17 points, including two of his first dunks in a Jazz uniform. Meanwhile, the team struggled defensively in front of their more established Jazz teammates.
The Jazz matched Portland's physicality, but not their athleticism, in a summer league loss Saturday. That, plus thoughts on Grayson Allen and Donovan Mitchell's self-awareness, and Mitchell's Karl Malone tribute.
The Jazz held a press conference Friday after re-signing Derrick Favors, Dante Exum, and Raul Neto. But the most revealing part wasn't what was said on the podium, but in an email sent by Dennis Lindsey afterward.
Grayson Allen struggled with his shot again on Thursday, but again set his teammates up well and brought fire to the game (including a skirmish with Trae Young). But it was an unheralded late addition to the Jazz's summer league roster that led the team in points in a win over the Hawks.
Without Grayson Allen on the floor, the Jazz's starters played well, but the bench struggled. Tony Bradley played well, and the connection between Naz Mitrou-Long and Georges Niang was a clear highlight.
From a new city, to a new number, to new teammates, to a more difficult level of play, Grayson Allen is facing a lot of changes in his move to professional basketball. Next week, he'll get the chance to show off at the Utah Jazz Summer League.
Utah's Rudy Gobert was named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year on Monday night at the annual NBA award show. Meanwhile, Philadelphia's Ben Simmons won the coveted Rookie of the Year award, with Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell finishing as the runner-up. Jazz coach Quin Snyder also didn't win Coach of the Year.
When drafting No. 21, whether or not a team has a good draft can be very contingent on what happens in the first 20 picks. So who's going to be available when the Jazz pick? KSL.com's Andy Larsen looked at reports from around the league.
The Jazz hosted another workout with two guards with significant NBA potential: Elie Okobo and Anfernee Simons. Meanwhile, Donovan Mitchell has done an incredible amount of national media in the last 36 hours.