ORLANDO, Fla. -- Rudy Gobert's second quarter tip-in where it seemed like he was two feet above the rim looked amazing on the replays and on NBA TV.
What probably looked even better in the eyes of the Jazz brain trust was the defensive presence the 7-foot-2 Frenchman with the wingspan of an F-35 had during Thursday's 79-73 loss to the Indiana Pacers in the Orlando Summer League.
Forget the stat line -- even if it was a solid 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. If an Indiana player drove the lane, the shot he wanted to take wasn't the one he'd end up putting in the air. Every defensive rebound was an adventure. The wear and tear was taking its toll.
That's exactly what Jazz coaches want the 27th pick in the draft acquired by a trade with the Denver Nuggets to contribute if he's in training camp this fall.
A priority for Utah is to strengthen its interior defense and cover the basket. Gobert would be a complementary piece to Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter in accomplishing that.
"He's so young, he hasn't even scratched the surface as far as what he can do," said Jazz assistant Sidney Lowe. "But you can tell already he has an effect on the game.
"Derrick is a great shot blocker and Enes is great with his rotations and his rebounder. Rudy can be another big part of our defense," Lowe added. "Head coach Tyrone Corbin's stance this summer has been tightening our defense."
Lowe thinks Gobert's defense will improve once gets his timing down, and that the will to work is there.
"We were impressed with how serious he was," Lowe said. "He was very was serious about the details of what to do.
"He doesn't like to make mistakes."
The Jazz will play the Pacers again today at 8 a.m. in the third-place game.
Once again, do not read into the final stat line of rookie point guard Trey Burke -- 3-of-15 from the field.
The No. 9 pick in last month's draft was impressive in the first half, hitting three of his first four shots. He had some nice drives to the basket and seemed more comfortable in the offensive scheme during the first 20 minutes.
The second half? Blah. His shot came out from under him, and his teammates didn't do a great job of finishing his passes.
Still, Burke earned a "well done" from Lowe on the way to the locker room.
"He went to basket a couple of times. His defense was better. His movement was better. His push was better," Lowe said of Burke. "The rest (Wednesday) paid off. More important, he understood the mental aspect of the game."
Burke is 9-of-42 (21 percent) from the field in four games.
* GAME NOTES: Chris Roberts continued to show he deserves a look when training camp rolls around: he had 18 points Thursday and leads the Jazz in scoring (14.7 ppg) during the tournament. ... Jerel McNeal, who started at shooting guard, added 11 points. ...
Start the merchandising campaign: Burke will wear the No. 3 jersey this fall, but what's even more amusing is the number Raul Neto gets if he ever plays in Salt Lake City: No. 8. ... Alec Burks took Thursday off.