Withey put up six points (3-4 FG), three rebounds, one block and one steal across 11 minutes in Monday's 104-78 preseason win over the Clippers.
It's believed that Withey is competing with Henry Sims and Chris Johnson for the final roster spot, but the former Kansas standout probably has the edge at this point. While he hasn't produced any spectacular stat lines over his four appearances, his shot-blocking presence makes him an intriguing defensive weapon off the bench and a decent insurance policy in the event of an injury to Rudy Gobert or Boris Diaw.
Jeff Withey saw action in 51 games over his first season in Utah, averaging a career-high 12.9 minutes during his third year in the league.
Withey spent most of the season as an afterthought behind Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert while rookie Trey Lyles and veteran Trevor Booker even saw more time on the court than Withey as relief options off the bench. Besides Booker, who's headed for free agency this offseason, all frontcourt options for Utah are under contract for the 2016-17 campaign, meaning that Withey is likely destined for another season spent struggling to earn minutes. In fact, Withey will be looking over his shoulder at Tibor Pleiss who's coming off a lackluster rookie season but holds a longer and more lucrative contract with the Utah Jazz than Withey.
Jeff Withey supplied 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-3 FT), nine rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block over 28 minutes in Wednesday's season-ending 101-96 loss to the Lakers.
With both Derrick Favors (knee) and Rudy Gobert (ankle) sitting out the meaningless finale, Withey got the starting call and produced only his sixth double-digit scoring effort of the season. The big man's minutes were exceedingly scarce over the final two-plus months of the campaign, with Wednesday's allotment serving as the most playing time he'd seen since tallying 35 minutes versus the Rockets on Jan. 4. With a young and capable player in Gobert in front of him, Withey's opportunities figure to once again remain limited next season.
Jeff Withey will draw the start in Wednesday's tilt with the Lakers.
Derrick Favors was a late scratch for the Utah Jazz , and as a result Withey will enter the starting lineup. Hey posted 9.1 points, 7.3 boards, and 0.9 assists in nine other starts this season. He should see a healthy dose of minutes as Rudy Gobert is also out for Utah.
Jeff Withey went for two points (1-2 FG), one rebound, and one block in eight minutes during the Utah Jazz 's 123-75 win against the Lakers on Monday.
Withey has appeared in six games this month after seeing 10 minutes combined in two contests during February. Withey was averaging 17 and 16 minutes per game respectively in December and January while Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors dealt with injuries. However, since then Withey has become an afterthought in coach Quinn Synder's rotation, and he typically only gets to play in blowouts these days.
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