Jazz mid-season report cards: Grades for Utah's reserves

The All-Star break is upon us. How do we grade the Jazz's bench?
Jordan Clarkson in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks
Jordan Clarkson in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks / Alex Goodlett/GettyImages
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Rotation players

G | Jordan Clarkson - B

Jordan Clarkson
Jordan Clarkson / Alex Goodlett/GettyImages

Many Jazz fans expected Jordan Clarkson to be wearing a Knicks jersey right now. Despite plenty of rumors, the Flamethrower is still in Utah. One of the quickest triggers in the NBA is a double-edged sword. He makes shots that no one else can, but only because he shoots shots no one else would dare to. Clarkson's year has been pretty average for what we would expect, but his shooting percentage has been frustratingly low. He is still developing as a playmaker, but his lack of defense and poor shot selection can make fans cringe.

G | Talen Horton-Tucker - D

Talen Horton-Tucker, Christian Wood
Horton-Tucker drives against Christian Wood / Alex Goodlett/GettyImages

Horton-Tucker was a bit of an afterthought in the Russell Westbrook trade that landed Utah the Lakers' 2027 1st-rounder. That said, many fans were intrigued at his potential for improvement and the tools that he already possessed to be a spark off the bench. Unfortunately, in his time with Utah, THT hasn't shown the improvement that fans would hope for. A poor shooter and decision-maker at times, Horton-Tucker is losing playing time and his future with the team seems to be in question.