NBA Playoff X-Factors – West

Which players are willing to guard baseline to baseline? Which play to the final buzzer. These are the Western Conference X-Factors.


Utah Jazz

44-28, 6th in West
Season: 41-23
Bubble: 3-5

Playoff Match-Up: (3) Denver Nuggets

Sean: Joe Ingles

  • Mr. Jingles is one of the most under-appreciated players in the league.  He’s the glue that keeps this Jazz team together and his versatility allows Utah to put him in a number of lineups.   
  • Now that he’s playing with two ball-dominant guards in Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley Jr, Ingles’ touches have gone down. Yet he still remains effective and efficient. Slow and steady, Ingles does everything on the floor for Utah. He’s averaging 9.8ppg, 4 rebounds and 5 assists a night while playing everything from shooting guard to power forward. As with a lot of these X-factors though, his impact lies beyond the box score. He’s a tremendous locker room presence and he seems like a dude you’d want to have a beer with postgame. He’s the type of player who’s willing to do whatever it takes to win a playoff series and if that’s not the definition of an X-factor then I don’t what is. 

James: Joe Ingles

  • Over the years Joe has turned into that “spot up shooter” stereotype into a Two Way threat. When we look at that Jazz team and a bucket is needed, Ingles is one of the most consistent shooters.
  • The most annoying part to his game is that he does the same things offensively every possession down the court and no one can stop it. He fades to the corner, gives an up fake, and shoots. Other times down the stretch he will get the ball on the left center of the three point line and do the same thing he did in the corner. These moves never seem to be stopped and it’s a weapon the Jazz can use at any given moment.

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One response to “NBA Playoff X-Factors – West”

  1. Samwise Avatar

    Kuuuuuuuuz!!! Y’all agreed a lot more on the West vs East. Interesting

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