At end of the workout, if they’re fatigued, the fatigue factor is going to tell us about their shot. Their shot will break down if they’re fatigued. – Utah Jazz vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin
SALT LAKE CITY — There’s one thing the Utah Jazz ask NBA prospects to do before they send those players to hit the showers after pre-draft workouts.
It’s something most players probably believe they do well and have done quite a bit of in their basketball lives.
Shoot the ball.
One hundred times in a row from various points around the 3-point line, to be exact.
Sounds kind of fun, right? Get a chance to launch up a bunch of shots from deep and show an NBA team that you’re capable of being the next Steph Curry?
The Jazz 100, as it’s called, is harder than it might sound.
Coaches put prospects through the drill after they’ve made the athletes run, scrimmage and endure an hour-long workout that’s intended to be grueling. By the time players get a chance to show their stuff from beyond the 3-point line, they’re usually exhausted.
That’s when the Jazz want to see what you’re made of, how you can handle pressure-packed shooting while your body is running on fumes, how you hold up when the going gets tough, how your limbs and lungs deal with the thin mountain valley air.
“At end of the workout, if they’re fatigued, the fatigue factor is going to tell us about their shot,” Jazz vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin said. “Their shot will break down if they’re fatigued.”
The Jazz don’t share results from workouts, but if you hit 70 or more — as Perrin points out most good NBA shooters can — you’re really going to catch their attention. You definitely want to get above 50, which is about average for the guys who come through the team’s practice facility.
Cincinnati guard Troy Caupain knew exactly what Utah execs were looking for when he got his chance to fire away in long-distance catch-and-shoot situations when his Jazz 100 opportunity happened earlier this week.
“After a long workout, you go for an hour, you know you’re tired, you know you’re fatigued,” Caupain said. “Are you still mentally focused? Are you still mentally tough to get through it? Can you still knock down shots no matter what time the game is, fourth quarter? Can you still be healthy in your mind to be able to knock down shots late (in a) game when you’re tired?”
Caupain, who shot only 32.5 percent from long range his senior year, was fairly pleased with his shooting Monday.
“They grade you at 100 shots. You want to knock down as many shots as you can. I did good. I hit 63 out of 100,” he said. “That’s about normal so far with my workouts personally.”
His goal for the next workout: 70.
Syracuse forward Tyler Lydon, a 39.5 percent 3-point shooter as a sophomore, said he shot it well, but he admits it’s a challenge.
“It’s really just a matter of staying mentally focused,” he said.
“You’ve got to shoot through your tiredness,” Oregon’s Dillon Brooks added. “I shot pretty well and shot it good in stretches. It’s all about just shooting with confidence, and taking every single shot as (being) one shot you’re going to take in the game.”
Oregon forward Jordan Bell admitted he struggled in his Jazz 100, but he’s not too distraught.
“All of the other workouts I shot it pretty good. It’s (3-pointers) something I’ve been working on since the season ended.”
Bell didn’t try to make excuses, either. He said the altitude didn’t get to him.
“No,” he said. “I just think it’s one of those days. I just didn’t shoot it well.”
The Jazz do enough scouting to know that bad days happen, and they already have a good feel for what players can do even before the exercise, having seen many of the players in practices, in games and in other workouts.
Jazz forward Trey Lyles was able to really get the organization’s attention two summers ago when he hit 25 of 40 corner 3s. That increased the team’s confidence in him as a potential stretch-four player.
It's not an end-all, be-all drill either way, though.
“It’s just another part of the puzzle that we put together on these players,” Perrin said. “Another box we might check on them whether or not they can shoot it and how well their shot holds up through a full 100 threes.”
Perrin said the Jazz 100, a drill general manager Dennis Lindsey brought to Utah from San Antonio, can translate into actual games.
"We’ve tried to implement a few different things than the one Dennis brought over," Perrin said, "so it is the same but it’s a little different."