With the 2023-24 season getting closer every day, the ‘Media Day’ allowed the league’s fans a first approach to the players who will participate in the ‘training camp’ with their respective teams. Some of them begin a new stage in another franchise or, directly, face their first year in the NBA.
In their case, Utah Jazz fans will enjoy all three rookies who joined the team in the last draft. One of them has aroused special expectation after his great role in the Summer League: Keyonte George. The former Baylor University student demonstrated his offensive resources and his potential as a game generator in Las Vegas, which allowed him to be included in the Best Quintet of the tournament.
Now him ‘guard’ He has immersed himself fully in the preseason in order to complete his official debut in the NBA. A debut accompanied by great ambition. “I want to be the Rookie of the Year,” he stated bluntly during the ‘Media Day’. «I am very young and you can say that I have not done anything in this league yet, but day by day I am working towards it. I’m completely focused, watching what the team did last year, watching everything Mike did. [Conley] to see how I can facilitate good shots for my teammates. At some point I will be able to earn that trust and lead this team.
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The truth is that Utah Jazz head coach Will Hardy has a difficult task on his hands. Up to five players will compete for the team’s starting point guard position, although local media indicate that the team trusts in Keyonte as a bet for the future, hence their insistence on learning the vicissitudes of the position and absorbing elements of Conley’s game. In any case, this development will be gradual, so the rookie is expected to start the course as a substitute to, little by little, gain more minutes and consistency in the game.
Meanwhile, George has acknowledged that he is also learning a lot from his playing partners, who are engaging in fierce competition in training. Collin Sexton highlighted his offensive intensity and energy, while Kris Dunn has transferred a lot of defensive and track positioning knowledge to him. For his part, Talen Horton-Tucker has shared with him small details and advice to consider as a player, both on and off the court. Thus, everything suggests that it will be another year with a great atmosphere in the locker room despite how expensive the minutes will be.
George will have his first opportunity to start his rookie season on the right foot during the Jazz’s first preseason game, which will be held on October 8 in Hawaii against the Los Angeles Clippers.
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