Andrew Bogut C GS 6 Hrs
Bogut (illness) played 18 minutes in Wednesday night's win over the Kings. He scored four points with five rebounds and four blocked shots in the win.
Bogut was not nearly the factor head coach Steve Kerr envisioned when he implemented a new offense that would give the center more touches, but that's directly tied to the illness. With Bogut laboring and David Lee (hamstring) out, Kerr often employed a small-ball lineup but also resurrected Marreese Speights (16 points, 18 minutes).
Gordon Hayward SG/SF UTA 10 Hrs
Hayward finished Wednesday's loss against the Rockets with eight points (3-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) eight rebounds, seven assists, and one steal during 38 minutes on the court.
Hayward had a disappointing shooting night despite contributing nicely in other areas like rebounds, assists, and steals. The story for Hayward over the last few seasons has been the decline in his shooting percentage which culminated with a career-low 41 percent last season. This likely stems from the fact that Hayward is the primary option on the Utah offense and is often delegated the responsibility of shooting the ball during the waning seconds of the shot clock. Seeing as how the Jazz were one of the worst teams in the NBA last season, the 24-year-old was often forced to take contested and hurried shots. The implementation of new coach Quin Snyder's offense may bring an end to this misfortune for Hayward, although Wednesday's 27 percent shooting from the field might suggest otherwise.
Trevor Booker PF UTA 10 Hrs
Booker came off the bench against the Rockets on Tuesday for 23 minutes and managed to record 14 points (6-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and five rebounds.
Booker had a pretty decent game off the bench Tuesday, although it's unlikely that he'll perform much better unless he's afforded more minutes per game this season. As for now, 20-25 minutes seems to be the cap for Booker with Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter ahead of him on the depth chart. On top of that, Rudy Gobert has emerged from the shadows of Utah's bench and seems poised to also average around 20-25 minutes in the frontcourt, which should stymie Booker's workload.
Alec Burks SG UTA 10 Hrs
Burks was able to score 18 points (6-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT) to go along with three rebounds, two assists, and one steal during 36 minutes on the court against the Rockets on Wednesday.
Burks likely flew under the radar during most fantasy drafts this preseason, although he's one of Utah's most effective offensive weapons and will get many opportunities during the 2014-15 campaign. He managed to average 14.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists on 28.1 minutes off the bench last season and will almost certainly improve on those numbers this year if he continues to get around 36 minutes per game as a starter.
Trey Burke PG UTA 10 Hrs
Burke (knee) was able to put up 15 points (6-16 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), one rebound and four assists during 38 minutes on the court against the Rockets on Wednesday.
Burke missed Tuesday's practice with minor tendinitis in his knee, although it didn't seem to affect him at all during his 15-point performance. The most important number for Burke in the opening game of the season was 38; the number of minutes he spent on the court. There was some doubt that Burke wouldn't be afforded the lion's share of minutes with the addition of rookie Dante Exum in the Utah backcourt. However, Exum was never in foul trouble and only played 10 minutes against the Rockets. If Wednesday's opening game was any indication for how the season will shape out, Burke will be given all the minutes he can handle without the threat of Exum compromising Burke's value.
Gorgui Dieng C MIN 10 Hrs
Dieng scored six points with eight rebounds in 19 minutes in Wednesday's loss to Memphis. He injured his right hand in the first half but returned with the hand wrapped, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Dieng injured a finger and at first it was feared to be a significant injury, but tests showed no major damage. He had a strong defensive game which could get him more minutes off the bench, but watch to make sure his hand injury isn't an issue.
Thaddeus Young F MIN 11 Hrs
Young scored 26 points with four rebounds and four assists and was 10-of-18 from the floor in Wednesday's loss at Memphis.
It looks like Young will be the primary scorer in the offense until one of Minnesota's promising younger players is able to step up. Young took the most shots on the team by a decent margin (Ricky Rubio had 12 shots and Shabazz Muhammad has 10), which may continue early in the season.
Shabazz Muhammad SG/SF MIN 11 Hrs
Muhammad (heel) scored 13 points with seven rebounds in 23 minutes in Wednesday's loss at Memphis.
Muhammad got more playing time than expected as it was thought he'd have a minor bench role as the regular season began. He may have got more minutes with Kevin Martin out with an ankle injury, but he showed a spark on offense that could give him a larger role off the bench. The ankle and Achilles injury that bothered him the preseason didn't look like an issue.
Russell Westbrook PG OKC 11 Hrs
Westbrook scored 38 points (11-26 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 15-16 FT) in his first game without Kevin Durant.
Owners who drafted Westbrook should be very pleased seeing how many shots he attempted without Durant on the floor. Serge Ibaka and Lance Thomas were the only other players on the roster to attempt 10 or more shots Wednesday, and Westbrook had 26 points in the first half alone. With Durant out, owners can't necessarily expect 38 points each night, but they can expect the offense to run through Westbrook at all times.
Andre Roberson SF OKC 11 Hrs
Roberson, who was dealing with a minor ankle injury, started in place of the injured Reggie Jackson at shooting guard and led the Thunder in minutes in a loss to the Trail Blazers Wednesday night.
Roberson only attempted four shots in the game, scoring six points. However, he did add seven rebounds, two assists and a steal. While Jeremy Lamb, Anthony Morrow and Jackson are all out, the Thunder will likely use Roberson and Russell Westbrook in the two guard spots.