DANTE Exum’s bid for more minutes with the Utah Jazz has received a boost with starting point guard George Hill reportedly sidelined with injury.
Hill is out with a sprained toe for the in-form Jazz’s home clash against Miami on Thursday (Friday AEDT), the Salt Lake City Tribune reports. Exum, the 2014 No. 5 draft pick, may be in line to start, having done so in six of eight games when Hill was injured last month.
Exum, a native of Melbourne, Australia, has seen his court time plummet in recent games since Hill’s return, only playing 21 total minutes in his past four games.
Jazz head coach Quin Snyder did not call on the 21-year-old in Monday’s (Tuesday AEDT) road win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, before he played just eight minutes in the Jazz’s victory against the Houston Rockets the following day.
He had averaged 27.8 minutes and 9.5 points per game while Hill was on the sidelines, in his most productive stretch since his comeback from a year out with a knee injury.
Since Hill’s return, the Jazz have preferred Shelvin Mack at back-up point guard, forcing Exum down the pecking order.