The Jazz's offseason acquisition of Marvin Williams left DeMarre Carroll in a strange position. Carroll, who stated nine of the 20 games he played with the Jazz emerged last season as a productive rebounder and clean-up kind of guy. However, Williams added to an already jammed cluster of swing guys. Carroll knew it.
The hole in his game was his perimeter shooting, he acknowledged Monday night in Oakland after the Jazz's 83-80 loss to Golden State, a game in which Carroll scored nine points in 23 minutes. All four of his baskets were on jump shots, and he was 1-of-3 on 3-pointers.
Carroll said he spent the offseason working more on his jumper than anything else, putting up at least 1,000shots a day. And, while he deferred when asked if he took the acquisition of Williams as a challenge, Carroll did smile a little.