Bleacher Report gives Utah Jazz rookie Jared Butler an F rating


Recently, Bleacher Report published an article assigning an alphabetical rating to the most important player of each team under the age of 24 for his performances in the 2021-22 season so far, and they have not been generous to Utah Jazz.

Rookie jazzman Jared Butler has received an F for his performance to date. We have recognized Butler’s talent on numerous occasions, and we will die on this hill if need be. That said, it’s hard to argue with the logic of Bleacher Report.

Does Utah Jazz Rookie Jared Butler Deserve an F?

As Bleacher Report pointed out, Butler “recorded more personal fouls than points, rebounds or assists in his limited minutes.” These numbers don’t lie. The article goes on to identify Butler’s gruesome 1/12 accuracy on the pitch in the first six games of his career.

Previously, we had identified Butler as a “stud” in his performance against the Houston Rockets. Even still, we noted that Butler “was a whirling dervish against the Rockets; admittedly, not always for the good of Utah Jazz ”.

Butler deserved credit in this game for his energy alone. His final stat line of 4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 2 turnovers was indicative of everything he posted in this game.

He’s young. It is believed. He’s talented and he’s ready to work as hard as anyone out there. He is also, at this young stage of his career, subject to error.

Utah Jazz fans must resist any impulse to start writing letters to editors. As Bleacher Report themselves admit, “The Baylor product was a great choice at No. 40, and it has shown it can play at a much higher level against NBA competition.” Butler will have every opportunity to demonstrate this as the season progresses.

The expectations of any recruit must remain firmly anchored in reality. The Bleacher Report article clearly does not intend to comment on Butler’s long-term cap. We’d probably be a little more generous and give Butler a D- because of his spirited performance against the Rockets. However, whatever the rating, Utah Jazz fans should know that better things are on the horizon for Jared Butler.

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