Young Utah Jazz guard excites veterans with his summer flight

Utah Jazz guard Trent Forrest (Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports)
Utah Jazz guard Trent Forrest (Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports) /

Utah Jazz guard Trent Forrest is gradually becoming must-see entertainment.

Last week, Trent Forrest inked a two-way contract with the Utah Jazz for the upcoming season. This news came a few months after the 6-foot-4, 210-pound natural floor general enjoyed some encouraging moments for the league-leading 52-20 Jazz team toward the end of his rookie campaign.

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One of those moments was a Donovan Mitchell-esque drive and dunk in traffic that secured the momentum during a May victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Fast forward to Sunday, just one summer removed from Forrest going undrafted out of Florida State. Despite Utah experiencing its first 2021 Summer League loss — at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers, 94-90 — the second-year pro sparkled again with two of his 18 points resulting from a similarly aggressive slash through the lane and emphatic exclamation mark:

Mitchell quickly let Twitter know that he’s been paying close attention to his understudy’s ongoing up-up-and-away flight pattern:

Then another expected returning starter in Utah, Royce O’Neale, chimed in with his expression of excitement and show of respect for the electrifying 23-year-old:

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Across the Jazz’s 3-0 run in early August at the Salt Lake City Summer League, Forrest averaged 14.3 points, 9.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and only 2.0 turnovers per game while shooting 50.0 percent from the field plus 40.0 percent beyond the arc.

And his efficient production at the point has continued during his squad’s encouraging 3-1 journey thus far in Las Vegas Summer League action.

Entering Utah’s summer finale at 1:30 MT Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers, Forrest is putting up 15.8 points, 6.8 assists, 6.3 boards, 1.8 steals, and 3.0 turnovers per game while shooting 42.3 percent overall and 33.3 percent from downtown.

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The Jazz will take that.