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Red-Hot January Shooting Jazz to the Moon

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On January 6th, the Utah Jazz were 4-4 and coming off back-to-back road losses.

Three weeks later, they are 14-4 and riding a league-best 10-game win streak. Utah’s impressive slate has forced both the casual NBA fan and sports media to take note. Here’s everything you need to know about Utah’s recent success.

NINE players have scored in double figures in the month of January, propelling the Jazz to a 12-2 record this month. The list includes the five starters (Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Royce O’Neale, Bojan Bogdanovic, Rudy Gobert) as well as four rotation players (Jordan Clarkson, Joe Ingles, Derrick Favors, Georges Niang). Favors and Niang have played their roles brilliantly in limited minutes. The one-through-nine depth of this year’s roster is the best in recent memory. 

EIGHT times this month, Spida Mitchell has been the leading scorer for the Jazz. His two most notable performances came against the Bucks and Pelicans. He scored 32 points in Milwaukee to begin the win streak, adding five boards and seven assists. He played like a true Superstar against Zion Williamson with an impressive 36-point effort on national TV.

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SEVEN of the twelve wins this month were against teams with a record of .500 or above. The Jazz racked up impressive home wins against the Clippers, Warriors and Mavericks (without Mitchell). They added impressive road wins against the Bucks, Nuggets and Spurs. The quality wins stem from offense generated by different players each night. SEVEN players have scored 20+ this month, including a career high 20 points from 3-and-D wing Royce O’Neale against the Knicks and 21 points from “splash uncle” Joe Ingles in Donovan Mitchell’s absence. 

SIX games resulted in the Jazz making 20+ three pointers. They made 25 against the Bucks, a franchise record. They nearly did it again pouring in 24 3’s against the Cavs. Under Quin Snyder, the Jazz have attempted 600 3’s in 14 games (42.8 per game). They’ve converted on 245 of them (17.5 per game), shooting 40.8% from behind the arc in January. That’s a very respectable mark over 14 games that included a couple of bad shooting nights. 

FIVE different players have led the Jazz in scoring. Conley and Bogdanovic led scoring in wins over the Clippers and Spurs. O’Neale led the team in scoring in a win against the Knicks. Mr. 6th Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson has led the team in scoring three times this month, including 31 points in a win over the Mavericks. Spida led the team in scoring in the other eight outings as previously mentioned. 

FOUR times during the win streak, All-Star center Rudy Gobert hauled in 18+ rebounds.

Let that sink in.

During the streak, he’s averaged an outstanding 15.1 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. On Wednesday, Rudy did something that hasn’t been done by a Jazz man for 30 years. Those who take time to watch Gobert know he’s truly a game changer.

THREE players have eclipsed the 30-point mark this month (Clarkson, Conley, Mitchell). This three-headed monster has been a vital reason for Utah’s success this year. The scoring can come from anywhere, any night. Clarkson’s impact from the bench has been incredible, averaging 19.9 points per game in his last 10. Conley is averaging nearly 15 points and six assists per game over the same stretch. Mitchell is averaging 23.4 points per game on the season and has scored 31+ three times this month. 

TWO of the twelve wins were single-digit victories (Clippers & Nuggets). The other ten were won by double digits. The Jazz are winning in dominating fashion, averaging a 15-point margin of victory in wins this month. Jazz fans have enjoyed recent wins by margins of 30, 24, 21, 19 and 16. Many games concluded closer than they should have with starters resting in the fourth quarter. TWO is also the number of times Jazz players went viral for one-sided disputes with retired center and “casual” NBA analyst Shaquille O’Neal (Gobert on January 4th, Superstar Mitchell on January 21st).

ONE is where you’ll find the Jazz in the overall NBA standings before play tips off on Friday, January 29th. They currently hold a half-game lead on the Clippers for the best record in the league. The Jazz needed to start hot to finish at or near the top of the West. So far, they’ve done just that. They will put their 10-game win streak on the line tonight against Luka and the Dallas Mavericks on ESPN. 

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About Kyle Peay

Utah Jazz Co-Lead for @theleadsm

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