Squeamish for all but a handful of games of his rookie campaign, Dante Exum is poised for a breakout season after hitting the weight room hard as soon as the season ended.
Sometimes there’s a rookie wall to negotiate following a fairly successful rookie campaign. But in Dante Exum’s case, well, there just isn’t, despite starting the second half of the season. Sure, he was gassed often — visibly and admittedly so — but the man has the desire to really compete at the next level and recognizes his shortcomings.
Dante Exum admitted in exit interviews that he was scared at times, as a literal boy playing among men, not knowing his own capability to leave veterans sucking wind with the young Aussie’s dynamic first step. Plays like this didn’t happen until late in the season, but it shows the confidence that blossomed from Exum. Better late than never.
The Utah Jazz were the worst in the NBA at the point guard position in 2014-15, yet still managed to exceed expectations and passed on a replacement in the draft, although talks have heated up with Spain’s Raul Neto.
Don’t expect Utah to chase a free agent, veteran point guard, rather allowing Dante Exum to develop at his own pace. He reportedly has added several pounds of muscle already this offseason, which will boost his personal confidence and hopefully end the unexpected aversion to the paint he showed as a rookie.
Randy Rigby tells @1280sports Dante Exum has already put on 6 lbs of muscle.
— Clint Peterson (@Clintonite33) June 10, 2015
With Trey Burke and Bryce Cotton pushing him daily, vying for his starting spot, and the guidance of his now-veteran teammates and coach, only good things can happen next season in regards to Dante Exum’s development.
As of a couple of weeks ago, Dante Exum had already added six pounds of muscle and is expected to be a star in the Utah Jazz’s Salt Lake return to the summer league scene next week. The added muscle, with a year under his belt, should lave Exum feeling ready to compete more on a nightly basis at this. the highest level. He could be talked about as one of the best defensive point guards already; a little more offense like this could take Utah to the next level next season.
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