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Who should win Defensive Player of the Year?


Who should win defensive player of the Year?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock I am sure you’re aware Sixers All Star center Joel Embiid, Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, and Superstar Anthony Davis of the Pelicans are the 3 finalists of this award. Who deserves it the most? After reading this the answer will be clear.

   Isolation Defense

Rudy Gobert: 16/48 (33%)

Joel Embiid: 27/72 (37.5%)

Anthony Davis: 29/91 (31.9%)

Comments: The Brow no shocker has played the best iso d of the 3 with his athletic gift.

Contested shots

Rudy Gobert: 15.0 (12.7 2s) (2.3 3s)

Joel Embiid: 11.5 ( 9.6 2s) (1.9 3s)

Anthony Davis: 14.2 (9.8 2s) (4.4 3s)

Comments: I wasn’t shocked Rudy averaged the most contested shots per game but I didn’t think he contested more 3pt attempts per game than Embiid.

Defensive Field Goals

Rudy Gobert: 360/762 on 2s (47%) 50/141 on 3s (35.5%)

Joel Embiid: 315/725 on 2s(43.4%) 45/156 on 3s (28.8%)

Anthony Davis: 366/848 on 2s (43.2%) 120/371 on 3s (32.3%)

Comments: Not surprisingly it’s very close between Joel and the Brow considering those two can shoot the 3 ball.

Defensive Rating

Rudy Gobert: 97.7

Joel Embiid: 99.7

Anthony Davis: 103.4

On and off court defensive rating

NO WITH AD on court: 103.4

NO with AD on bench: 110.2

Utah with Rudy on court: 97.7

Utah with Rudy on bench: 99.9

PHI with Joel on court: 99.7

PHI with Joel on bench: 104.0

Comments: As you can see from the provided unbiased information, Davis and Embiid have a bigger impact defensively when they’re not playing which makes sense since Utah is that good defensively. Still I gotta give AD the edge barely over Embiid.

Defending the rim

Rudy Gobert: 197/357= 55.2%

Anthony Davis: 232/428 54.3%

Joel Embiid: 187/357= 52.4%

Comments: I was a bit shocked on Gobert but clearly Joel gets wins this category.

Defending the pick and roll

Rudy Gobert: 42/88 = 47.7%

Anthony Davis: 33/94 = 35.1%

Joel Embiid: 18/52 = 34.6%

Comments: It’s close between Joel and AD but because Davis contested more, I got to give him the edge.


Although Anthony Davis won’t win MVP, he will surely win Defensive Player of the Year.




Jazz vs Thunder!! Game Preview!!Cut The Quit!! Jason Jerell!!

Jazz vs Thunder!! Game Preview!!Cut The Quit!! Jason Jerell!!

In this video Francis sits down with Jason Jerell and talks about the NBA Matchup Jazz Vs Thunder, NBA games and Lebron James.  Jason Jerell is a former football player for Idaho State University and also founder of the “Cut The Quit/ Cheat Death Not Sets” Movement.  Watch the video and leave a Comment.

Utah Jazz: Don’t Stop The Jazz Now!!

Utah Jazz: Don’t Stop The Jazz Now!!

By Francis S Estepan.  March 9th, 2018.

The Utah Jazz with a record of 35-30 and only 1 game out of the playoffs.  The LA Clippers are the current holders of the 8th spot after the Denver Nuggets seem to have run out of steam.  P.S. This is about the Utah Jazz making the playoffs.

The Ranking and upcoming 5 games for the bottom of the West are as such

  1. Thunder (W1) – Spurs (3/10), Kings (3/12), Hawks (3/13), Clippers (3/16), Toronto (3/18)
  2. Clippers (L1) – Cavaliers (3/9), Magic (3/10), Bulls (3/13), Rockets (3/15), Thunder (3/16)
  3. Nuggets (L2) – Lakers (3/9), Sacramento (3/11), Lakers (3/13), Detroit (3/15), Memphis (3/17)
  4. Jazz (W4) – Grizzlies (3/9), Pelicans (3/11), Pistons (3/13), Suns (3/15), Kings (3/17)

The Thunder with their big 3, Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, are a team that because of their potential that disregarding the current standings they already have a playoff ticket.  Sitting in 7th spot with 3 former NBA All Stars, this team is scary.  They are not just scary because of the way they matchup with teams like the Warriors, Rockets and the Cavaliers but also how they have struggle to close out weaker team.  The next 5 games 2 teams under 500 and 3 playoff teams.  The Toronto matchup will be an exciting game to watch.

The LA Clipper have somehow some way sneaked into the playoff rankings.  While many are crediting the work that Doc Rivers is doing with his new cast, a lot of could also be due to recent struggles by the Denver Nuggets.  The Nuggets were a team that was on fire a couple weeks ago that edge out the Cavaliers, Spurs and Bucks.  The Clippers don’t have it easy for the upcoming games against the Cavaliers, Rockets and Thunder.  For the Utah Jazz it gets better because the Clippers played Portland and Minnesota.

The Denver Nuggets currently also out of the playoffs.  They seem to have loss some momentum since getting back Paul Millsap back on the line up.  Millsap a former Jazz, was supposed to be the veteran that will lead a young nuggets team.  The Nuggets are a fun team to watch and for how young that team is they are really building something great.  Playoff inexperience will probably will be the death of them anyways if they are able to get back to where they were a couple weeks ago.  Because of how easy the next couple games, the Nuggets could be the biggest threat to the Jazz for a playoff spot.

Finally to the main event.  The Utah Jazz are still alive in the playoff race.  If you enjoy watching teams fight every night like their season is almost over, then watch the Jazz.  Even in the East the Bucks have a comfortable lead over the Pistons that they are not worry if they drop a couple.  The Jazz won 11 games straight before losing to Portland.  Donovan Mitchell is making a case that he should be consider a top rookie.  Ricky Rubio is shooting exceptionally well for a pass first point guard.  Jae Crowder has fit into the scheme very well next to Rudy Gobert.  The only question that surrounds Rudy this season is “what if he hadn’t gone down, how far could this team be?” The Jazz could easily go 4-1 in the next 5 games.  Starting out at the Memphis Tankers who have lost 15 games in a row.  The Jazz just have to keep their intensity and keep letting Joe Ingles go full savage on the lead.

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Utah Jazz: Cinderella Story in the Making??

Utah Jazz: Cinderella Story in the Making??

By Francis S Estepan. March 7, 2018

The Utah Jazz will be battling the Indiana Pacers to keep their playoffs hope alive.  The Jazz are 1 game out of the playoff picture with a record 34-30.  With 18 games left to the season and sitting out looking in no game is an easy one.  Both teams have a lot on the line coming up to this game.  After finally dropping one after going on an 11 game winning streak, the Jazz look to pick up and get on another winning streak, already winners of 3.

The Pacers are in a Cinderella story of their own currently holding the 4th spot in the East only half a game behind the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Indy is also on a 3 game winning streak.  Oladipo and Company have surprised the NBA and have proven that they can compete with anybody in their conference and outside off it.  The Pacers have a great game flow and they are very unselfish.  Oladipo can be considered their scoring leader but they have 6 other guys that average scoring in double digits.

If the Pacers lose this game they will drop to 37-28 and puts them in that 3 way mix with the Wizards and the 76ers.

Pacers’ Biggest Question: Last time they played Rudy Gobert nor Myles turner were there.  How would that change the game today?

Just like the Pacers the Jazz are also very well balance and there is not a one man show.  The Jazz also have 6 guys that average scoring double digits.  Lead by Rookie of the Year Nominee Donovan Mitchell.  One of the biggest stumbles that the Jazz have face this season have been injuries to their premier Frenchman Rudy Gobert, but with every game he is making strides.

A win here for the Jazz will put them on the toes of the Clippers and the Denver Nuggets.  Both Clippers and Nuggets play the Cavaliers this week who are looking to hold their number 3 seed ahead of the Pacers.

Jazz’ Biggest Question: The Jazz held their opponents to under 100 points in 4 of the last 5 games.  In those games they are 4-1.  Indy averages 106, can the Jazz stand their defense to an offense that shot over 50% against them last game?

Predictions/ Key Matchups

                Utah Jazz win: Is a big revenge week for the Houston Rockets.  This is also a revenge game for the Jazz playing a team only twice a year makes the 2nd game that much exciting.  There is nothing more rewarding that beating a team in their home that once beat you at your home.  Neither Tuner nor Gobert played last game. That will the matchup to watch.

Rudy Gobert: 13 Ppg, 104 Rpg, 1.4 Apg, 2.3 Blpg (89 blocks)

Myles Turner: 13.2 Ppg, 6.9 Rpg, 1.5 Apg, 2 Blpg (94 blocks)

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