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New Years Resolutions for Utah Jazz players - Dec 31, 2018

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Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93, college: Baylor)< - Find 2017-18's Magic
Among the 213 players with at least as many minutes, Royce O'Neale is currently 202nd in Player Impact Plus-Minus. He's at minus-0.28 PIPM Wins Added.

His Net Rating swing is minus-eight, meaning Utah's net points per 100 possessions is eight points worse with O'Neale on the floor. It was 7.5 points better last season.

So, what flipped?

It's hard to put a finger on exactly why O'Neale's impact is so much different this season.

Numbers like Steal Percentage, True Shooting Percentage and Defensive Box Plus-Minus are all almost identical. Do slight regressions in Assist Percentage and Rebounding Percentage, and a big one in Free Throw Rate really make this much of a difference?

Maybe, but it feels like more of an intangible thing. Cliche as it sounds, O'Neale was one of those consummate hustle guys. It seemed like he made all his defensive assignments uncomfortable, had a nose for the ball and was always in the right spot.

This is a hard one. Maybe that's why I titled it 'magic.' Whatever intangible energy is missing, O'Neale needs to find it.   

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - 16 hours ago
We bring you last week's top performances from Virgin Islanders who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. John Collins (208-PF-97) led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA in Wednesday night's game.    [read more]

Murphy comes to the twilight of his memorable career with Gophers - 21 hours ago
DES MOINES, Iowa - With a casual gait, Jordan Murphy(201-F-97) led the Gophers men's basketball players onto the court for the team's shootaround Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center. The senior forward also was the last to leave. This isn't a surprise. During his four seasons at Minnesota, Murphy has never missed a practice. Not for a twisted ankle, dislocated finger, a random bout with the flu, or most likely, the accumulation of bumps and bruises (or something worse) from the banging he ex...   [read more]

Adams and Campbellsville lose in final moments - 23 hours ago
A 2018-19 season that saw the Campbellsville men's basketball team have eight final results come down to one possession and five one-point finishes came to and end Wednesday afternoon with a 71-70 loss to Lewis-Clark State College in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament. The Tigers led by 10 points at 63-53 after a layup from Joan Duran at the 8:07 mark but the Warriors finished the game on a 19-7 run to finish the game on their way to that 71-70 final score. All of their fina...   [read more]

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