This is there in Washington back to doing something a little bit different for the sportscast, Um, episode.
If you will usually discussed a game that's just ended, or that's coming up to do a preview to a post game talk about the final score, talk about what happened, What transpired during the game.
Things like that focused on a particular player or two players from each team, things like that.
Tonight's gonna be a little bit different.
I'm gonna discuss one guy, one guy only.
This isn't for particular game, um, or particular team.
It's just for this one player because you got paid today.
One of the things that I like to do when it comes to the NBA's discuss contracts, discuss rosters, trades.
Ah, the business behind it all.
That's kind of how I got started with business Casual basketball, My podcast, Um, you know my website block pose.
It's all centered around.
Salary cap is centered around trade exceptions and Senator on free agency, unrestricted restricted.
You get the idea, but today my guy that I want to focus on here this player that want to give some shine because he doesn't get nearly enough of that is Royce O'Neill were.
So Neil is a swing man.
He's a power forward slash small forward for the Utah Jazz.
As we know, the Utah Jazz have been surprising quite a bit lately.
They've won 11 of their past 12 games, and they narrowly missed out on, um, 12 in a row.
I believe they couldn't take care of business.
Ah, the other day, Uh, but, um, you know, overall mean Utah has been on an absolute tear ever since they got Jordan Clarkson.
He just deserves a good bit of credit.
He's come in and given them a boost for sure.
Offensively, that's what they've needed for, really the past four years of offense, the defense has been a leak, but their offense has been lacking behind league average or worse in offense since ah, about the 15 16 season.
So this has been a long time coming for them.
So right, so Neo fulfills both needs for the Utah Jazz offense and defense.
That's why he's so valuable.
And that's why I really think if we therefore thinking about this contract, if we lay out the terms here, he got ah, a four year deal worth $36 million from the Jazz extension, which I think is it's really a bargain if you think about it's very treatable.
So if you want to string a trade somewhere down the line, they want to try to go get somebody, whether it's a big fish or just another person that feels the need for them on the wing on the interior, Um, then they'll be in good position to do that.
But overall, Royce O'Neill, This is a great deal for the Jazz.
For him, it's a sizable raise.
This season, he's slated to make $1.
6 million the deal starts next season For the You know the 2021 season, he's gonna be making $8 million a little over $8 million starting next season.
From there, it ups to 8.6.
3 the year after that and in the final year of Keio is 99 overall.
In the landscape of today's MBA, that's that's chump change, Guys, rock, you're making 2030 35 $40 million a season.
Of course, that's for the Stars were also knows no star, but he is an elite role player.
So if you go through the numbers a little bit here, it's pretty clear to see why he's a lead out of what he does, which is a three Andy specialist, Royce O'Neil, Ever since he got to the N b A.
He's made his name on grinding it out.
You know, he wasn't a high level prospect.
He wasn't highly regarded coming into the n B A.
I think he was undrafted.
I don't see any draft information for him here on basketball reference S O.
This is an older guy.
He's only been the league two years, but he's already 26 years old.
By the start of next season, he'll either be 27 or actually, no.
He turns 27 on June 5th.
So this is the older guy.
You know, This might be the only solid contract extension gets in his career because he's already 26 going on 27.
So for Rice O'Neill? Ah, we gotta look at the numbers here.
So first of all, he's a 64 player.
He's got some heft to him.
He can hold his own in the paint, be 64 which I thought he was 66 or 67 for some reason before, so that was kind of surprising to see here.
But it depends on the need.
I mean, some games, a lot of games.
I believe he starts at power forward for that, so it's pretty incredible.
And you would think at first glance is like You can't play dumb low.
Well, you'd be wrong because you can hold his own down there.
He could do more than holders.
Oh, he's a very strong interior presence.
His feet were very well on the perimeter, and he just knows where to be at all times.
Watching a few jazz games to keep our eyes on him, you can see how he impacts the Jazz bottom line when it comes to the offensive end, He is very strong and he's very intelligent.
He gets off a good amount of steals, good amount of blocks.
He's really everywhere to put it plainly.
So for a guy like Royce, it makes sense up.
Now. You can avoid free agency altogether.
You get nailed down.
Now you get him under a team friendly deal, very teen friendly deal.
I think, um, so we can go into specifics here real quick and why this is such a team friendly deal.
It's one thing to say someone's very strong on the defensive end and space the floor very well, but he has to have the numbers to back it up.
Or this is just all talk.
So basketball reference here.
What? We can just go very basic here, don't have to go in depth with any kind of crazy advanced numbers.
This doesn't all right here.
His three point percentage for his career, which is this season and the two before that he played is 39.
So this is the guy that shooting almost 40% from three for his career.
This isn't a one off.
This isn't Ah, blip on the radar.
It isn't a flash in the pan.
This is who he is.
He is a knockdown shooter, and that's an average for his career.
If we go to this season, it's even better.
He is knocking down threes at a 44% rate, so I'm pretty sure that's gonna put him in the top five and percentage for the entire league.
So this is you eat shooter.
Granted to slower value.
He only takes about three a game, but 44% is pretty freaking impressive.
That's in Steph Curry territory.
J. Red**** territory that's in Kyle Korver territory.
So this isn't a joke.
This Israel, it's real stuff.
So if we're looking at the percentile for his shooting accuracy, uh, 97th percentile for his position, Pretty incredible stuff.
Effective yokel percentage sits at 62%.
That puts him in the 97th percentile.
These air numbers off clean the glass.
I used numbers from their side, almost every broadcast, because not only does it give you the percentage, but he gives you the percentile.
It's what you can't just say.
Like what, you shooting 40%? What does that mean? What does that mean in comparison to everybody else? Specifically, players that play the same position well, from this, I can see that he's basically at the top of the list, you know, granted, there might be a couple of guys in front of them, but this is it.
97 percentile in three point percentage, ineffective focal percentage.
He's hitting it, he said.
Shots at a high cliff and he's shooting 51% from two.
So it's not like he's a one trick pony, either.
This is not easy to Trevor Rees guys.
Trevor reason was never a strong interior presence.
He was never able to go inside the pain and doing any kind of damage.
That's what separates him.
He's not quite as long.
Maybes defensive ceilings a little bit lower from the perimeter, but from the paint all around, you can't ask for any more.
So we're looking at his defense here.
Ah, you know, Block percentage, deal percentage are about average.
So that doesn't say too much about what he's doing on that end.
Let's do the defense says for Onoff numbers very promising here.
So if we're looking at per 100 possessions here, this is what clean the glass uses.
Utah Jazz is a team.
2 points less per 100 possessions when he's on the floor.
That's 83rd percentile right there.
So he's also in 83rd percentile on offense, so you allow five points less per 100 possessions on defense and get this they allow.
3 extra points on offense per 100 possessions.
So this is literally the epitome of a two way player.
And if you put the two together and we're looking at a differential here, that's efficiency differential.
You get a number of 10.
5, so we're adding the defensive and offensive impact together for what? He's on the court for the Jazz.
There you go, two way player, Boom in your face, knocking down shots.
They run the pickle roll without of the Mitchell and Ready Go Bear.
I took a clip off in India dot com and put on Instagram and they run this.
They ran this pick and roll.
Colbert went to the paint.
Royce spaced out to the left wing.
Not quite the corner, but the wing and Leslie pass to him, knocked down.
So I mean, putting all the pieces together. Guys.
Eight million a season for 40% shooting over 40% shooting from three, and you're getting a legitimate defensive boost.
When he's on the court, he can guard in the paint he can guard on the perimeter.
Wow, so that's a pretty fricking that thing about the NBA today is eight million used to be an average contract, right? They used to be mediocre.
The bar has been raised.
Now we're looking at average contracts of about $10 million a player.
So this is the whole landscape has changed.
Now he's not making average money anymore.
This is a guy that's a two way player, stretches the floor for them.
And he's not even making average money in the n B.
He's not even a top $10 million so I don't see why they would trade him in the next year or two.
But if they wanted to, extremely easy.
You could cut a plug a man to any kind of system, because three pointers and defense, they work anywhere.
Every team needs spacing.
Every team needs a defensive anchor, and he offers both of those things in spades so well done.
For the Jazz, this is a no brainer of a deal.
So now we can cut examine to see where this puts them in relation to the luxury tax, their overall cap numbers here.
So for next year, guaranteed salary, they have $111 million on the books, and that puts them about 23 million under the tax.
So I have some exceptions they can use to going to get some players.
They have some non guaranteed contracts and, ah, looks like Jordan Clarkson is gonna be unsure to free agent for them.
Ah, and Rice O'Neill is under contract now, so he's not gonna be a free agent.
Moody will also be coming off their books, so they're gonna ask face to work with.
But, um, that's if Mike Conley does pick up his team option.
If he doesn't pick up the team option, they have even more money to play with.
So suffice to say, if we're so Neal hit open market, I'm almost certain he would've been making more than $8 million in season Overall, his average for the four years is about Men may be a little bit under nine million.
So really quite the bargain you're looking at a Jordan Clarkson.
That who I mentioned at the beginning of the beginning of this broadcast here is making a huge difference for them.
Offensively, he's out here making 13 million guys, 13.
4 Royce isn't even kidding.
Um, nine million.
Just doing the math on that one.
This is offensive specialist.
That's what he does. He puts the ball in the hole.
He could do that.
That's not a specialty.
He's more of, ah, defensive specialist, and I understand that offense has paid more on the dollar, the defense.
But still, you really can't beat that.
So basically, what I'm trying to say is that the Jazz made out very well by re signing or so now because they probably say themselves a lot of money in the long run.
If they were trying to re sign him, which I don't see why they wouldn't because he is such an impact player for them.
So, overall, I mean, this is a no brainer of a deal.
Rustoleum deserves a lot more credit because of what he's doing on the floor for the Jazz, and he's as responsible as anybody for their current run.
So you put all the pieces together.
He's an above average shootings, an elite shooter, elite defender, and the team is always better when he's on the court.
These aren't empty numbers he's affecting winning in a positive way.
Night in, in, night out.
That's what he does.
So if we're looking at underrated players in the league, put him on your list or at least consider it.
I mean, this is the guy that's, you know, the same age as me. 26.
Not even 27 yet.
Ah, it's kind of odd place to be in his career.
I mean, usually, when you're getting an extension, you're about 23 24 at the oldest.
But at 26 this is gonna take it to H 30.
He's gonna be 30 by the time his contract is up.
So I mean, this might be it for him, But, I mean, kudos to Rice O'Neill here.
He's really, uh, got himself a nice payday.
I mean, who wouldn't want $89 million in season? Right.
But the jazz, we're also gonna benefit from this because there could be contenders is on his abs.
Go Bear and Donovan Mitchell.
I mean, that just signed Bogdanovich.
He should be good for a least a couple more years.
And, um, maybe by Conley.
If he gets his act together here if he gets to playing at the love we expect from him, of course.
Joe Ingles, through to be a proposition to continue to make moves, continue to be at the forefront of maximizing talent, maximizing money.
That's what they do.
That's what a jazz we're all about, their equal opportunity team.
Everybody gets an opportunity to eat over there, and Rice is another beneficiary because of what he brings that team.
So, um not sure what else to say other than this is Ah, very positive value contract for the Jazz.
They really didn't.
So it's a lot of favors and they're gonna extend.
They're run here to be a contender for release another couple years because they have another impact guy, Um, right in the prime of his career on a very teen friendly contract so you can't beat it.
That's just what the front office has been doing so far.
They've been making great sightings.
Bogdanovich has definitely made a positive impact.
The drug collection trade was a very positive move.
Um, it doesn't look like my colleagues paid off that much so far, but I'm sure it will once you got it gets his feet back on Germany's healthy.
So you put all the pieces together in the Jazz, the right up there with all the other contenders.
That's what it takes to be competitive in this.
Leigh. You can't just signed talent.
You have to sign talent that fits, and you have to find value.
Ever you can, that is, Ah, it's what I've heard several times.
Somebody on Twitter, I think, was David Daniella Ruiz on the duct on podcast.
You always says that ownership is the greatest competitive advantage in basketball.
I tend to agree with that.
They make the decisions.
They signed the players that, given the money, they assemble these rosters.
So Utah obviously has great management, have fantastic, fantastic culture.
Ah, fantastic coach.
It's actually players that they've done a good job to re sign.
That's what it takes to be a contender in this league.
And the Jazz would continue to be in the hunt for the foreseeable future.
Um, either way, either if they keep right, Sonia or they let him go or trade, there will be good either way.
So, um, that's all I got.
Guys just need about 15 16 minutes to get this out Thio just point out some ways that Rose O'Neal is definitely gonna outperform this contract if he continues playing at this level and how the Jazz, we're gonna benefit for doing it now rather than in the summer.
Um, I would definitely be back pretty soon.
We have a ton of games on tap tomorrow, so I'm sure I'll be on for at least one of those one of the M o K.
So that being said joined Russia and I guys resting this sum weekend that you have hopefully continued to some of these. Um okay. Game's tomorrow.
I know I will be Lakers Celtics should be a fun time.
And, um, I'll be back on tomorrow to discuss one of these games.
So until then, take it easy, guys, and I will see you, um, wrote to lose him.