Utah Jazz: What every player should have on their wishlist

Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
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Emmanuel Mudiay, Utah Jazz. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The bench unit

Ed Davis- better hands

Davis has struggled at holding on to the ball this season. When he gets a good feed inside from one of his teammates, too often he fails to produce an easy dunk or layup because he gets the ball stripped out of his hands.

His turnover percentage is a whopping 26.9 percent this year, more than double his career average. If he fixes this than he will get more shots up, which will result in more points and opportunities for offensive rebounds.

Jeff Green- more reliable jumper

Jeff Green can drive Jazz fans into fits with his decision-making. He will dribble into defenders with his head down missing open teammates, forcing up a bad look or turnover.

A big reason for why he’s putting up these inefficient shots is a lack of confidence in his jumper. I’ve noticed the Jazz try to get Green going with an open three point shot usually from the right corner or wing.

When he misses those open looks, he tries shooting off the dribble rather than off the catch. If Green can be a better three point sniper, specifically off the catch, I suspect he would cut down with his foolish decision making.

Emmanuel Mudiay- tighter ball handling

Emmanuel Mudiay, like Green, also misses open teammates on his long and fruitless dribbles. If he could keep his head up while he dribbles, he would be able to see those openings and make the pass. Yes it’s true Mudiay needs to take less isolation mid-range jumpers, and yes it’s true he could work on his outside shot. But improving his handle and court vision would develop him into more than just a scoring guard.

If Mudiay can develop into a real point guard that can lead an offense, the Jazz will have an answer for their woefully bad bench.