Player: PG Jason Hart
Regular Season Stats:
The recap is below.
Up now, the guy that was signed as the back-up PG. He lasted in the role for 51 games (save some time in the middle where he was injured), before eventually losing the job. He only saw action in 2 playoff games… both in the first round.
Go-To Moves… aka, the good(s) of the regular season.
In what was a generally disappointing season, there were some ups. For example, Hart’s career FT% was 78.1% (275/352) entering the season. After shooting 84.4% on the season (35/45), he raised it to 78.8%. The only question… is shooting 45 free throws in 57 games a good thing or a bad thing?
He played 57 games in the regular season at 10.6 mpg. That’s got to be a good for him… especially considering how disappointing his play in general was. I mean… shooting 32.2% normally gets you benched fairly early. Especially with a guy who’s doing better waiting for his time.
Shut Your Eyes… aka, the bad(s) of the regular season.
Last second misses.
As is to be expected in a Jerry Sloan offense, the Jazz spend the finals seconds of every quarter (save the 4th) running the clock down if they have the ball. And then it is up to the PG to create with about 9 seconds left on the clock. Unfortunately for the Jazz, Jason Hart’s “creating” involved him putting up and ugly jumper. And he normally missed.
Horrible shooting percentage.
I’ve mentioned this before, but… 32.2% from the field. Huh? How’d he keep getting time? Jerry Sloan tends to make a ton of stupid decisions… this might’ve been one of them.
Playoff Calling Card… aka, what to recall about the playoffs.
After the excess time in the regular season, Jerry finally found his brain (not really, but still) and Hart only saw time in 2 games in the playoffs. The first was the game 5 horror in Houston, the second was the game 6 easy win against Houston. He scored 2 points (in the loss), and was the only Jazz player in the playoffs to shoot at a 50% clip (1-2). Congrats to Jason. Anyhow, other than that… all he did was get DNP-CDs (save the 1 game where he was inactive and Morris Almond picked up the DNP-CD instead). Not a very memorable playoff stretch for Jason, I’d assume.
In The Future… aka, what awaits this off-season.
Buyout or trade?
He’s already picked up his option for next year (obviously, cause he wasn’t going to get that much money on the FA market). The question now is… do the Jazz keep him around? He’s horribly overpaid for a 3rd string PG. Or do they try to trade him (who’d bite) or simply release him, eating the cost? No matter what, it’s extremely unlikely that he’s on the Jazz after the coming season (at the latest).