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Dante Exum on expected role in 2017-18 Jazz season debut

Dante Exum

The day is finally here. Utah Jazz point guard Dante Exum will make his season debut tonight against the Phoenix Suns at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

According to an article written today by Kyle Goon of the Salt Lake Tribune, Exum says that he is focused on being able to fit into Utah’s rotation and keep up with their stellar team play.

“I think the main thing is to just kind of find a fit in the team,” he said. “We’ve been playing so well as a unit and found that flow right now, I just want to get back into the rotation and be able to play strong minutes and be able to contribute as much as possible.”

Exum, who suffered a dislocated left shoulder during a preseason game against the Suns that required surgery, told Andy Larsen of KSL.com he wants to come into Thursday night’s game with a defensive mentality.

“I’m definitely just trying to bring a defensive mindset,” Exum said. “Come out and be a floor leader, and take care of what I can take care of.”

Selected No. 5 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Australian guard has slowly but surely been able to work his way back to shooting, ball-handling and taking contact and is now cleared to return to game action on Thursday night.

The Jazz (38-30) continue to play excellent basketball as a team and are currently penciled in as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoff race with the tiebreaker over the San Antonio Spurs.