He’s improved defensively – I played against him in the U19s, so I kinda knew a little more about him than probably anybody else. He’s playing very well on the defensive end, and his offense is going to come.
For Exum, this wasn't a night to remember. The 19-year old was scoreless in 25 minutes, going 0-for-2 from the floor, with two assists.
It's safe to say the next coming of John Stockton has yet to walk through that door, but the PG from Australia has a lot of room for improvement, as expected when you're one of the youngest players in the league.
Jazz coach Quin Snyder had his own take on the comparison between the two young playmakers, as told to Aaron Falk:
They're both young guys. Probably the biggest difference is Dante was either playing in Australia, in essentially an Australian high school league, or was out for an entire year. Marcus played against tougher competition. You can see that in his competitiveness and his ability to play the game at a pretty high level.
The two won't meet again until March 4th, when the Jazz make their yearly visit to the TD Garden.