March 24, 2023

Will Hardy praises Walker Kessler’s shot-blocking ability

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Utah Jazz head coach Will Hardy experienced some terrific things to say about rookie Walker Kessler as a shot blocker just after Wednesday’s 131-128 dwelling get vs. the Toronto Raptors (7 blocks).

(through Soar Look at):

“He’s very fast off the ground late, if that helps make sense. Like he does not just give himself up early, he’s in a position to shut a good deal of room with his very last phase and his duration. Having 5 blocks in the 1st quarter, his activity, it just sparks the entire team. And when you have a guy like that safeguarding the rim, the largest factor it does for our perimeter defenders is it frees you up. You sense like you can perform more aggressively on the ball simply because you do know if you do make a slip-up, there is any person behind you who is cleansing up a large amount of individuals messes. So he’s provided our crew a total distinct stage of confidence on that finish, just with the way that he safeguards the basket around and in excess of all over again. 

“It’s not just the 7 blocks, we could possibly uncover 10, 15 other pictures that he alters or that guys don’t even consider, like he’s beginning now to get the popularity all around the league in which fellas see him and they sort of veer off and go the other way. So he’s been big for us. I think his advancement, his self-confidence, has been a little something that we’re truly proud of as a group. He absolutely is kinda sensation like he belongs and he’s any person that’s anchoring our protection correct now. So he is familiar with that every night time is not gonna be 7 blocks, but his exercise stays steady every single night time.”