The Summer League is underway in Salt Lake City as young prospects try to showcase what they can do. As for the Utah Jazz, the team fell short in their second matchup against the 76ers, 104-94. As young players look to fight for roster spots and display their skills, the competition is only getting better year by year.
With two games under Utah’s belt, here’s what we can takeaway from tonight’s matchup.
Keyonte George shows flashes before foot injury
George started the game off strong, showcasing his shooting and playmaking, and it looked like he may take control of the game. Going into the third quarter with 12 points with three made three-pointers before going out with a foot injury early in the second half. George has shown his ability to play as the ball-dominant guard, making good decisions and finding the open teammate, but as young players do, he made mistakes. As he continues to get minutes this upcoming season, he could prove to be a viable point guard going forward.
Hopefully his injury isn’t long-term and he can continue to get much-needed offseason reps.
Ochai Agbaji shoots efficiently from 3PT range
Agbaji showed that he is not to be ignored by the defense, shooting 4/8 from beyond the arc. The 23-year-old made some boneheaded plays and bad reads, was slow on defense, and had 10 fouls, but considering he is coming off his rookie season, it isn’t as bad as you may think. The difficulties he had tonight can be fixed with time and practice. Agbaji proved tonight with his scoring ability that he can develop into a starting-caliber wing in this league.
Two of the Utah Jazz’s newest additions have yet to play
Both Taylor Hendricks and Brice Sensabaugh are yet to make their debuts for the Jazz this Summer League, having suffered hamstring injuries and recovering from knee surgery, respectively. Both of these injuries occurred pre-draft, so there isn’t too much to worry about unless the Jazz medical staff is.