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Joe Ingles credits confidence to coach, teammates and his young family

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Griffin, Ingles jaw at one another (0:35)

Joe Ingles is called for an offensive foul in the first half and a verbal altercation ensues between Ingles and Blake Griffin. (0:35)

MILWAUKEE - The Utah Jazz came into the 2018-19 season with sky-high expectations, following what was a surprisingly impressive playoff run last season. Despite that, the Jazz have sputtered their way through the season's first half and sit just outside the Western conference playoff picture.

Before his team's showdown with Thon Maker and the Milwaukee Bucks last week, ESPN caught up with Joe Ingles, who at 31, shared a realistic look at the situation.

"Obviously we'd like to be in a better position, but I guess our record reflects how we've played so far and that's kind of on us," Ingles said, leaning back on his seat after shootaround, iced knees and all.

"We've been playing better, we're figuring it out."

Ingles is the perfect guy to have around in the position the Jazz find themselves in. He can be heard talking trash and cracking jokes with teammates, team staff and media alike throughout practice -- at one stage asking journalists to post a video of him knocking down a corner three -- that's just Joe in action.

Now in his fifth season with the Jazz, Ingles made waves before the season tipped off by saying he believed he was the best shooter in the NBA.

He credits that confidence to head coach Quin Snyder, along with his Utah teammates for instilling him with incredible belief during his time in Salt Lake City.

"That's been four, five years of work since I've been here. I've said it before, but at the end of the day, Quin has given me so much confidence to feel like I'm going to make every shot," Ingles said.

"When he runs a play for me or when my teammates pass to me I honestly feel like it's going to go in."

Has he always been this confident and calm through the pressures and rigours of his professional career?

He certainly doesn't think so.

"I think especially when you're young, you think the whole world revolves around basketball and that's all there is," Ingles explains.

Rewind back to July of 2016, when the life-changing event of becoming a father -- to twins no less -- changed Ingles' entire perspective on life, and the game he by self-admission, might have taken too seriously.

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"I actually left 24 hours after they were born to go to the Olympics," Ingles recalls.

"To have something like that happen in your life and then to leave for five weeks ... the Olympics for me was the hardest tournament I've ever played in, just knowing that I'd left my wife with twins a day old. Since having them, it just gives you a bit more perspective. It's the biggest cliché there is, but it really does."

Speaking of that Olympic experience, Ingles figures to be a key component of the Boomers' quest to win their first medal in a major international tournament, starting with this year's World Cup, before the road to the 2020 Olympics begins.

"It's always in the back of your mind. I speak to [Andrew] Bogut a lot, we talk about it," Ingles revealed.

"What we did in London and continued on to Rio, we've got something to build on. We will be adding more pieces. Dante [Exum] wasn't there, and (add in) Ben [Simmons] and Thon [Maker], some other young guys, it's exciting.

"I think once we finish our individual stuff we'll get together and give it a good run."

Ingles' passion and love for the game hasn't changed; he's just found that manically over-analysing his own performance is not as important as treasuring family time over the brutal 82-game NBA grind.

"I would go home and watch the game again. Renae would have to sit there and watch the game and then watch it on TV with me again, and I'd be critical of myself. I hold myself to pretty high standards and I'd think, 'why the hell did I do that'," Ingles said.

"Since having the kids, I get home from the game and think, 'sh-t, I have to get to sleep as quick as I can', because I'm up at 7 and have a full day at the park or entertaining.

"I think people take that as you don't care anymore or whatever, but it's just a different mindset. Whenever I go to the gym I'm locked in, but whenever I leave here it's more about my family and I think that's really helped me."

With Ingles compiling arguably his best individual season in the NBA so far, it's safe to say Snyder and the Jazz are more than ok with his new approach.