Withey played five minutes in a 88-72 loss to the Clippers on Monday, finishing with no points (0-2 FG), one rebound and one block.
Withey saw only garbage-time minutes with the Clippers rolling to a decisive win, and that's typically been the extent of his opportunities this season. The reserve center has played in only seven of the Jazz's 22 games since the beginning of January, averaging only 4.3 minutes per contest during that span.
Withey received three minutes in a 110-77 win Friday over the Pistons, registering five points (1-1 FG, 3-3 FT) and one rebound.
Withey looks to be the 13th man on the Jazz roster, as he was active Friday, but saw fewer minutes than every other player on a night in which coach Quin Snyder emptied the bench in the blowout win. Runaway victories or big losses are about the only occasions Withey sees the floor these days now that both Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors are healthy. Withey has appeared in only three of the Jazz's 15 games since mid-December.
Withey delivered four points (2-3 FG) and three rebounds across 11 minutes in Monday's 112-103 win over the Timberwolves.
With Derrick Favors (knee) missing the last six games and facing an uncertain timetable for a return, Withey has been one of a few big men on the roster who has seen expanded opportunities. The 26-year-old has played in each of the six contests that Favors has sat out, while logging 10 or more minutes in the last five games. Even so, with starting center Rudy Gobert typically claiming 30-plus minutes, there probably isn't room for Withey to see his role expand much further, so he'll have difficulty approaching double-double production in any given game.
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.
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