Player: SG Morris Almond
Regular Season Stats:
The recap is below.
Up now is the Jazz first round pick in the most recent draft, Morris Almond. The rookie sharpshooter from Rice spent most of the season in the D-League, but did get a couple of appearances in NBA games (9, to be exact). Being the 3rd SG taken by the team in 3 years, there weren’t many chances (even fewer so after the mid-season trade).
Go-To Moves… aka, the good(s) of the regular season.
NBDL Impact Player of the Year.
Talk about making an impact. He played 34 games for the Flash (starting 32). He averaged 25.6 ppg and 1.6 apg. He shot 44.6% from the field and 35.4% from long range. He had two 50+ point games, including a NBDL record 53-point outing. Even more surprising is that it didn’t come against the Jazz D. (Oooh… burn!)
January 8th, 2008.
Just a random day, if you ask most. But on this “random” day (night), Almond scored the first points of his NBA career. He made a short 7-foot jumper in the 4th quarter as the Jazz rolled to a 111-89 home win. It was the first of the 13 points he scored on the season. Hopefully there’s a lot more to come from Almond in a Jazz uniform.
Shut Your Eyes… aka, the bad(s) of the regular season.
Unfortunately for Almond, most of his time in the NBA was spent on the inactive list. There were some DNP-CDs in there, but most of it was “inactive list”. Obviously not how one wants to spend the first year of his career. Hopefully he learned something though, and can come out and produce next year. I really don’t know what else to put down as a “bad” for someone who only saw action in 9 games.
Playoff Calling Card… aka, what to recall about the playoffs.
Unfortunately for Almond, he spent most of the playoffs on the inactive list. Most as in 11 of the 12 games. The one other game, he received a DNP-CD because Jason Hart was sick or away or something. That 1 game was the 86-82 Game 4 win for the Jazz… one that was too close for Jerry to insert a rookie. Well… there’s always next year.
In The Future… aka, what awaits this off-season.
The question now is obviously whether or not he will get more time next year. The chances of him getting traded seem very low… especially with the Jazz still needing a shooter at the 2-guard spot (sorry, but Korver is a 3). But there is a log-jam at the wings, especially with Sloan frequently putting Harpring or Korver or Price or Deron at the 2. Almond is a fairly good jump shooter… something the Jazz could use. Hopefully Sloan finds a way to use him effectively. Of course, it seems like it’ll take a trade or letting CJ leave (or, god forbid, an injury) for Almond to get much time next season. I guess we’ll see though.