Much to my delight and due to Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert dropping out, the world will finally be introduced to Utah Jazz second year man Jeremy Evans. As a die-hard Utah Jazz fan, I have seen the brilliance of Evans (although in insultingly small doses) over the past two seasons. Dare I say that Jeremy Evans has as much bounce as any player in the league (yes that includes Lebron and Blake Griffin.) He is an absolute athletic freak! Jeremy’s field goal percentage is off the charts because all the kid does is DUNK – Whether it be on a lob, a break, drive through the lane or straight over the defender, he elevates and detonates on a regular basis.
I doubt that Evans will actually win the dunk competition, because over the years it has increasingly become a popularity contest. However, mark my words; the world will know who Jeremy Evans is by the end of the night. I know it’s wishful thinking, but I hope that Jeremy Evan’s new found popularity will transfer into more minutes on the floor. I’m really hoping that he is creative, but that is what it’s going to take for him to be successful. Otherwise, I see him getting the same treatment Demar Derozan received a year ago.
Hats off to both Matt Harpring and Utah Jazz nation, as they’re pleading is a huge reason as to why he is competing. The #letjeremydunk campaign on Facebook and Twitter definitely paid off. My money is still on Paul George though.
On a side note, shout out to both Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors for their respective performance in the Rising Stars game last night. Both had great outings and represented the Jazz well. The future is bright with both of those kids. Also, the Jazz were snubbed in the All-Star Game, both Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson were eligible candidates and one of them should have been lacing up to play on Sunday.
Here’s a Jeremy Evans mix that should give you all a preview of what to expect tonight. I do apologize for the corny editing and sound.
Here’s a mix of Jeremy at the Impact Summer league during the NBA lockout. Check out some of these put backs! This kid is a monster!