Jazz lose Dante Exum to torn ACL
The Utah Jazz are undoubtedly shocked by news of point guard Dante Exum tearing his ACL in an exhibition game for Australia. He was an integral part in their playoff run during the 2014-15 season, but they will be forced to change their strategy with the unlikelihood that Exum suits up for the upcoming season.
In the 2014-15 season, Exum averaged 4.8 points, 2.4 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game. Those numbers don’t necessarily jump off the page at all, but it was his rookie season so expectations shouldn’t be to high. It also doesn’t help that Exum was playing behind a logjam of guards for the Jazz. The one area of his game that he needs to work on is his shooting, as well as not moving off the ball. If he can become more of a well-rounded player, he will be able to provide the Jazz with some consistency at guard.
He did play in all 82 games and averaged 22.2 minutes per game though, while starting in 41 of those contests. Not a bad way to begin an NBA career as a rookie, but there were high expectations of Dante Exum this offseason, and those will be put on the shelf until he has fully recovered from his knee injury.
One positive to take away from a frustrating and miserable situation is the fact that this will give Exum time to soak in every single ounce of basketball that he can. Whether it be in the film room, during practice sessions, or from the sideline during games, Exum will be able to use this scenario to grow his basketball IQ.
Dustin Brown covers the NBA for MFST, and you can follow him on Twitter @SprtsWritingMan.