When it was announced that Nathan Sobey was be suiting up for the Utah Jazz in the NBA Summer League, fans eagerly awaited the next chapter in his story however his debut was delayed.
Last season’s Most Improved Player was ruled out with ‘soreness’ in the early stages of both the Utah and Las Vegas Summer League events, which was later revealed to be a groin injury.
When Sobey finally made his much anticipated debut, he played just nine minutes not scoring a point on 0/5 shooting from the field.
The injury was highlighted by Utah Jazz Summer League coach Zach Guthrie in an interview with the NBL’s Tommy Greer.
“It’s been a real pleasure to coach Mitch (Creek) and Nate (Sobey), unfortunately Nate got early and so he’s been kind of working his way back.” Guthrie said.
Despite the slow start, the Jazz have been encouraged by what Sobey has shown after standing out in earlier workouts with the team prior to Summer League.
“Nate was in for our mini-camp as well and played really well there and that’s what helped him come to our Summer League team,” he explained.
“Unfortunately he got derailed early with the groin injury so he’s still not at 100 percent, he’s still trying to get his feet under him and the rhythm and flow to his game.”
Sobey was the flavour of the month during the off-season, receiving invitations to attend the free agent mini-camps of Utah, the Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves and LA Clippers following his breakout NBL season in Adelaide.
In his second game, Sobey scored six points against the Clippers, followed by a game where he didn’t hit the court against the Memphis Grizzles, registering a DNP-CD (did not play, coaches decision).
On Thursday however, Sobey took the court playing only nine minutes once again scoring four points, grabbing two rebounds and dishing out one assist.
Sobey now drawing offensive fouls. Straya.
— Liam Santamaria (@Liam_Santa) July 8, 2017
The Jazz are back in action on Saturday against Travis Trice and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Check out the full interview with Utah Jazz Summer League head coach Zach Guthrie below.