Forward Dominic McGuire holds one distinction among the 20 players participating in the Utah Jazz’s training camp.
He’s played for more teams in fewer seasons than any of his teammates.
McGuire, a former second-round draft pick out of Fresno State, has played in 342 NBA games for Washington, Sacramento, Charlotte, Golden State, Toronto, New Orleans and Indiana.
That’s seven teams in only six years, which will earn you some serious frequent flyer miles.
McGuire finished with four points, four rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot in 17 minutes in the Jazz’s 101-78 win over Golden State in their preseason opener Tuesday night.
“He’s played well,” coach Tyrone Corbin said before practice Wednesday morning. “He is who he is, and he plays the same way every time he gets on the floor — [with] a lot of energy.”
Said McGuire: “We got the win, so that’s the most important thing. But I feel I played good. I could have played better, but it’s preseason. You’re out there trying to get a feeling for guys — how they play, what they do, just learn your teammates.”
McGuire’s plan for trying to stick with Utah?
“Just continue playing my game,” he said. “Being aggressive, talking on defense, being a quarterback out there. And continue taking open jumpers. I’ve been working on that so hard.”
The Jazz have focused on defense in training camp and only allowed 78 points against Golden State on Tuesday.
The Warriors shot 32 percent and failed to score more than 21 points in any quarter. Significantly, the Jazz didn’t foul much, either. Golden State shot only 18 free throws.
“I thought we did a good job,” Corbin said. “I thought our energy was good. We had some lapses, but we were up on guys early, we pushed them off their spots, we challenged shots and the rotations were pretty good. ... We made some strides.”