It hasn't been an easy road back for Dante Exum this season. After sitting out all of last season recovering from an ACL injury, his minutes and influence on games have fluctuated all season.
In the early stages of February though, Exum is starting to find his feet.
Through 5 games in February, Exum is averaging 7.4 points (53.3 FG%(!)), 1.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and a +/- of +3.2 in 17 minutes of game time.
In Utah's blow-out win over New Orleans earlier this week, Exum was a huge contributor. He managed 11 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, a steal and recorded a +/- of +16.
As you can tell from the above highlights, when Exum is in attack mode he is a legitimate offensive threat.
Earlier in the season we highlighted the need for him to always be in an aggressive mindset, and just how good he can be when he does attack the paint. At this stage of his development and comeback, he just lacks the consistency in that facet of his game.
Aggressive Dante Exum is the best version of Dante Exum.
In a close win over the Hornets earlier this month, Exum was aggressive and attacking the paint. The results were once again positive; 11 points and 3 assists.
In a vote of confidence from his coach, Exum was rewarded with the start against the Mavericks yesterday. In his first start since December 20th, he played 18 minutes and scored 5 points, but turned the ball over 4 times.
As Utah look to make some noise in a crowded Western Conference, Exum certainly has a role to play. Coming off the bench and providing some energy by attacking the paint and staying active on defence is what Utah need from him.