The Utah Jazz wisely used their 40th pick in this year’s NBA Draft for Jared Butler and so far it has been impressive – one of the main surprises of the early days of 2021 training camp for Utah. , especially during the preseason. Butler is averaging 19 points per game over the last two tune-up games for the Jazz.

Besides his stats, Butler showed flashes of his three-point ball. He went 3/7 from depth and was also 9/18 from ground. The best part about his playing is his rhythm and his fair ability to control the game for Jazz. Yes, this is only the preseason but it is certainly already a good sign for Butler, who will certainly be fighting for a rotating spot in the Jazz rotation.

Last August, I wrote about why Butler was a good deal for the Jazz. He was the top scorer on his championship team in college where he shot 41.6% on three and 78% on the free throw line (he often came to the line). He averaged 16.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game in his senior year, which was higher than teammate Davion Mitchell, who finished 7th in this year’s draft. It was surprising to see Butler slide all the way to the 40th pick, but hey, at least he now finds himself in a winning environment.

Additionally, jazz fans should be delighted with how Butler has shot the ball so far in the preseason. He does it at three and at will. His confidence and maturity were already apparent. His scoring ability will be perfectly suited to Quin Snyder’s system, where the load is distributed in all positions.

What else exciting for Butler is that his defense was pretty strong in his college years. He had a stealing percentage of 3.7% (the highest of any prospect in this year’s draft) and a blocking percentage of 1.3% in his final season. He has the potential to be a two-way street player who can even replace Donavan Mitchell or Jordan Clarkson who want some free time. Butler needs to earn his minutes first, but so far that’s exactly what he’s doing in the preseason.

The next step for Butler is to show off some of his playing and off-ball skills. This is exactly what he did at Baylor and must do it now if he is to earn the trust of the Jazz coaching staff. Utah loves pick and rolls that Butler can thrive in. He is a reliable passer in the pick and roll and someone who can find the roll in the right place. In addition to his fit system, Butler also has the ability to score in a number of different ways, especially through floats, jumpers, and edge finishing. His offensive skills are good enough for a rookie already.

If Butler manages to work on his game and really plead for more quality minutes, it could be good for his development and reputation. He might not see a ton of minutes right away, but from what it seems, the Baylor product has already been impressive for Utah.

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