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Dante Exum believes he can ‘make an impact’ on Jazz

Jazz, Dante Exum

Despite the injuries he suffered in recent years, Australian guard Dante Exum remains confident he can still contribute and “make an impact” for the Utah Jazz.

Since playing in all 82 games during his rookie year in 2014-15, Exum has never completed a full season. He missed the whole 2015-16 campaign due to an ACL tear and played in just a combined 122 contests in the past three seasons.

Exum, however, is not losing hope. While the start of his career has been marred with injuries, he thinks there’s a reason why the Jazz is keeping him around.

“I feel like I’ve had the ability to make an impact on this team,” Exum said, per Callum Godd of 7News Australia. “The Jazz wouldn’t keep me around if they didn’t think so. They know my abilities and they’ve seen it when I practice and in my work ethic.

“It’s just about getting back on the court.”

The 24-year-old Exum played in just 42 games with the Jazz in 2018-19 after sustaining a patellar tendon injury in his right knee. He underwent surgery last March and is hoping to return in time for the 2019-20 season.

He has career averages of 6.9 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He is expected to play as backup behind Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell on Utah’s backcourt.