Northwest Notes: Jazz, Morris, Rosas, Clarkson

Year-to-year continuity appears to be rewarding the Jazz early on in the 2020/21 season, according to Ariel Pacheco of Basketball Insiders.

Led by All-Stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, the Jazz have benefited from an improved defense and long-range marksmanship. The club ranks in the top ten in both offensive and defensive rating, Pacheco notes. Mitchell, too, appears to have developed his ball-handling abilities.

There’s more out of the Northwest Division:

  • Newly-extended Nuggets guard Monte Morris has proven himself to be a steal for Denver thus far, per Mike Singer of the Denver Post. Morris has helped stabilize the team’s bench, posting a career high in scoring (11.5 PPG), and shooting an excellent 51.7% from the floor overall. “I’m going out there focused, playing for other guys, with a clear head,” Morris said. “The contract definitely got me at peace.”
  • Timberwolves team president Gersson Rosas expressed his frustration at the general state of the team, according to Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “This was another growing and developing year,” Rosas told Hine. “But at the same time, we’re not up to our capabilities and that’s to be competitive. … It starts with me and my staff. It starts with coach [Ryan Saunders] and his staff, and it starts with the players.” The Wolves are 4-12 this season, the worst record in the West.
  • After signing a four-year deal in the offseason with Utah, Jazz reserve guard Jordan Clarkson is making an early case for the Sixth Man of the Year award honors with his inspired play of late, per Sarah Todd of The Deseret News. “Definitely it was one of my goals going into this year, to go get that and play that role,” Clarkson says.
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11 thoughts on “Northwest Notes: Jazz, Morris, Rosas, Clarkson

  1. Sillivan

    This is the terrible news for Warriors
    Wolves sinking to nba basement

    My prediction
    Wolves finish with 6th worst
    Wolves have 28% chance to keep the pick this summer

    When Towns returns, Zion and Ingram sink to nba basement

  2. Wolves’ TP is frustrated with the team? You’d think that someone else remade the entire roster with his handpicked players, squandered draft picks and hired a ball boy as HC.

    • bigguccisosa300

      He couldn’t seem to make up his mind with where “it starts” either

      • Since he hired the HC and brought in all but 2 of the players, I’m guessing the owner will clear that up for him at some point.

    • jvggopher39

      To be fair to Rosas, he really did not rebuild the roster until the trade deadline last year. That was less than a year ago and he is/was hamstrung by being up against the cap as well. Since then, Dlo and Towns have played all of five games together. As a wolves fan, getting out of the Wiggins contract was a win. No matter how he does in GS, he was never going to be good here.

      Dlo doesn’t appear to be a great fit, but that trade will look much better if we manage to keep the pick which is looking more and more likely. I was critical of the Beasley contract but now that looks great. Culver looks like a big miss in the draft last year, and the jury is still out on Edwards but McDaniels looks like he was a steal as well. The bottom line is he needs more time to get the roster right. A good start would be clearing out the logjam of 2/3’s to give Edwards more minutes and see what we have in Jaylen Nowell.

  3. Sillivan

    The huge Thunder game starts now

    Wizards vs Rockets
    Wizards 7 players out tonight
    Westbrook and Beal play

  4. Stilt Armstrong

    Replace Conley with Holiday & UTA has a real shot at winning it all. As it sits with injuries plaguing the league, with Conley they have a decent chance. Mitchell looks confident, and polished this season.

    • formerlyz

      Conley has been amazing this year…he struggled last year, but has been better than he already was prior to that, which is really, really good

  5. x%sure

    Morris would be starting if I had my way, maybe for the Bucks. He indicated he wanted traded. He’s up to 27mpg, plus 15 BPM, plus 14 on/off.

    from the link: “His 9.4 fourth-quarter minutes lead the Nuggets, [and] he’s been the leader of Denver’s second unit, which has destroyed opposing reserve lineups with a net-rating of +29.4 points per 100 possessions”.

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