Of the 11 men currently listed as available on the Utah Jazz’s roster for Summer League, four are point guards, four are centers, and the other three fill out the other three positions. The oldest players on the team are Diante Garrett and Malcom Thomas, who both will turn 26 in the next year.
There are some rookies looking to make the team, and since there are only 11 spots, you can be certain that the Jazz’s front office will add more to the mix soon. At the time of this writing, however, there are three new rookies hoping to make the Utah Jazz team: Jason Washburn, Greg Somogyi, and Khalif Wyatt. Who makes the team is yet to be determined, but the players’ individual and collective play at Summer League 2014 in Las Vegas will be a large determinant in how far they go.
Since most readers don’t know who these newer players are (few have ever played for combines or camps at the NBA level), this serves as a tasting of who they are and what they could bring to the Jazz’s team this year.
Jason Washburn is 6-foot-10 and weighs 242. He’s big, and only 25. He was last seen at the Free Agent Camp this year, and is from Brussels Belgium. A former Ute-man, he lives in Salt Lake City and seems excited to play for the Jazz, calling the workout with the team at the Zion Bank Basketball Center “a really great experience.” Washburn is a strong post player and would be a great backup for Derrick Favors. Since both are developing, Favors could be a great coach for Washburn, and aid him in improving at a faster pace than many rookies could.
Greg Somogyi hails from Hungary and was present at the predraft workout in 2013, since which he has played for Alba Fehervar in his home country. Alba Fehervar is in the A-Division in Hungary, and Somogyi averaged 11.1 points and 6.6 rebounds there. He is a solid player who takes up a lot of space in the paint. At 7-foot-3, he is able to rebound and can help clog the lane for our newly acquired and highly prized shooters.
Khalif Wyatt has spent time with the Springfield Armor in the NBA’s D-League. He is 23 years old and plays shooting guard. He was the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year as a senior, leading Temple to the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament. He averaged roughly 20.5 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists per game in his final season. He is a great guard, capable of shooting from range and quick on his feet. He comes with some baggage, and the main concern among Jazz fans might be his attitude and lack of loyalty to somewhere like Salt Lake City.
These are my three picks that Jazz fans can expect to see on the court when October rolls around. They are young, fast, and willing to work hard. All three seem willing to fit into the Jazz system and learn to do what it takes to win.