Utah Jazz small forward joe ingles is probably one of the most underrated players in the NBA today. While his numbers won’t make people jump out of their seats, he’s been a terrific asset for his team on both ends of the floor.
And if there’s a play or two to perfectly encapsulate the effectiveness and importance of Ingles to the Jazz, this one against the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday could be it.
After playing superb on-ball defense on Paul George, causing the Thunder forward to pass the ball to Alex Abrines, Ingles somehow managed to dart across the floor and block a corner 3-point attempt by Carmelo Anthony, thus preventing Abrines to get an assist, and spoiling Oklahoma City’s offensive setup altogether.
To put it into perspective, Ingles effectively defended two All-Stars in just one play.
Ladies and gentlemen, that’s why the Jazz is paying the Australian $52 million to play four years for them.
That was excellent defensive read by Joe Ingles, too, as he was able to locate where the ball would end up even before it got to Anthony’s hands.
On the season, Ingles is averaging 10.4 points, 4.0 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game.