Quote by Nba preview – rookie & sophomore (Northwest)
Sophomore: Dante Exum, Raul Neto
Rookie: Joel Bolomboy
Dante Exum will be in his second year, after staying sidelined in what would have been his sophomore season with a torn ACL he suffered while playing for the Australian national team in the summer of 2015. Doctors cleared him for full contact practice weeks ago, but he will have to get back in rhythm after staying away from a real game for so long. His rookie season had bright spots and terrible holes. He averaged less than 5 points and 2.5 assists per game, which is not ideal for a starting point-guard, but the Opponents Offensive Rating was 5.4 points higher when he was on the bench, while the Jazz’s Offensive Rating was pretty much the same. It is his defense that won him the starting spot in the lineup and forced Trey Burke to come off the bench. As for the offense, he was a non factor, playing off the ball most of the time and will do so next season. The Jazz hope he kept his athleticism and that he improved on his outside shot.
Raul Neto was the player the Jazz hoped could replace Exum for the season the Australian was injured, but he ended up losing his starting role. His impact on defense was good but his performances did not satisfy coach Quin Snyder. He will be the third PG at roster in the upcoming season and will not find much playing time but he showed he can be the first backup for a playoff team.
Bolomboy was the 52nd pick in the 2016 draft for the Jazz. He is likely to make the roster but he will spend most of his season with the Salt Lake City Stars in the D-League.