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Dante Exum knows his leap from high school games to Summer League was not smooth

Jul 23, 2014, 4:25 PM EDT

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There were flashes from Dante Exum.

There was the loping, lull-you-to-sleep dribble followed by an explosive first step where he was past his defender and at the rim. There were creative passes where his height let him see the play and he made a smart and creative choice. There were moments you could see him as the real point guard of the future in Utah.

But then there were the 15 turnovers to 14 assists through Summer League. There was the 30.8 shooting percentage. There were struggles adjusting to a level of athleticism he was clearly not used to seeing or playing against.

Wiggins owned up to all of that and the steps he needs to take coming out of Summer League, speaking to Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com.

“The last games I played was high school games and I’m one of the bigger guys out there that can push guys around,” he said. “Here, I get into the paint and I’m getting knocked over.”

“It’s been a big couple weeks for him,” said Brad Jones, the Jazz assistant coach who ran the team in the Summer-League games. “He’s got a lot going on. He’s had some ups and downs through this, but it’s also why we play Summer League, for him to go through the ups and downs.”

Exum is a project, something the Jazz knew when they drafted him. The talent was there but is yet untapped.

The Jazz roster is full of guys who need to develop — Trey Burke, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Rudy Gobert, Alec Burks — and that’s why they brought in Qujn Snyder as coach. Forget wins and losses, those will be a product of developing all that young talent. Snyder and his staff get the job ahead of them.

However, after seeing him in Vegas, Exum may have a higher upside than any of those guys. He also has the longest climb to get there.

  1. innovativethinking87 - Jul 23, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Are they talking about Wiggins or Exum??

    You guys need an editor

    • themike31 - Jul 23, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      Poor Wiggins hasn’t even played a game and he’s already been traded into this post.

    • milimpilim - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      Qujn Snyder…

      • themike31 - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        Sounds like a Jedi name.

    • campcouch - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      bloggers edit themselves.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      How do they screw up this much? It’s incredible! There is something glaringly wrong with almost every article. sheesh

  2. merrhod - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Proofread please!!!!

  3. fm31970 - Jul 23, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Hayward is still ” a project”??? Didn’t he just get a max extension?

    Well, maybe that’s not the best example, i.e., Roy Hibbert…

    • bkbell3 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      fm31970, you beat me to it. 16mil to a player you are waiting to develop? What are you going to pay him if he improves from last year’s 40% from the field and 30% from the 3? I know teams have to over pay to steal a player away from a team and small market teams have to over pay to get and retain players but this is a crazy contract for hayward.

  4. muhangis - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    The Jazz have some really nice young talent and a bright future, I must say.

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