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News » Utah Jazz Roster Report 2008-05-29


Utah Jazz Roster Report 2008-05-29


Utah Jazz Roster Report 2008-05-29
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Although Deron Williams was snubbed from the All-Star Game for the second consecutive season, the 23-year-old guard proved himself to be the Jazz's leading man. Williams was a second-team all-NBA selection and started to hear "MVP" chants regularly at EnergySolutions Arena. He averaged 18.8 points and 10.5 assists and sent the Jazz into the conference semifinals with a barrage of three-pointers in Game 6 against Houston in the first round.

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER: Carlos Boozer started out the season being selected Western Conference Player of the Month for November but was the Jazz's disappearing All-Star in the playoffs. Boozer averaged 16.0 points and 12.3 rebounds in the playoffs and topped his regular-season scoring average (21.1 points) only once in 12 games. He was plagued by everything from foul trouble to turnovers to missed free throws and shot just 41.5 percent in the playoffs. He fouled out with more than four minutes left in the Jazz's Game 6 loss to the Lakers.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: The Jazz have 13 of 14 players under contract for next season and are expected to tender 21-year-old guard C.J. Miles a qualifying offer, leaving Miles a restricted free agent. They are expected to exercise the third-year option on Paul Millsap and are waiting to see if guard Jason Hart will opt out of the final year of his contract (worth $2.5 million) and find a team where he could play more. That is unlikely, though. Miles also is searching for a place he can play more after averaging just 11.3 minutes this season. The Jazz have to decide whether keeping Miles makes sense with three other shooting guards in Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver and rookie Morris Almond.

PLAYER NOTES:

--G Ronnie Brewer made great strides in his second year after playing in only 56 games as a rookie. But Brewer was given orders to improve his shooting this off-season after Lakers guard Kobe Bryant all but abandoned Brewer on defense to play for steals and trap.

--F Andrei Kirilenko is heading to the Olympics with the Russian national team and could play against two of his Jazz teammates. Russia and the United States are scheduled to meet in an exhibition leading up to the Olympics. Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer both will attend USA Basketball's training camp this summer.

--G Kyle Korver will travel to India with the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program. It is the league's first trip to India and Korver is planning to arrive a few days early to tour Mother Teresa's orphanage in Calcutta. Mehmet Okur, meanwhile, will take part when Basketball Without Borders comes to his native Turkey.

--F Paul Millsap scored 15 points in the Jazz's Game 6 loss to the Lakers but also suffered a torn ligament in his left thumb. Millsap will undergo surgery, with his recovery time to be determined. Millsap has shown remarkable durability so far, playing in all 164 regular season and 29 playoff games the last two years.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 29, 2008

 

 
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