Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers
Tuesday December 27th, 8:30 p.m.
TV: TNT; Radio: 1320-AM
TYRONE CORBIN (HC)
6-foot-6, good fighting weight
2nd season; 48 years old
Role: Coach put his own stamp on his team by implementing a new style of defense in camp, and he's earned respect of players.
Quote: "I think we're ready to go. I think they're excited about getting going. We've had some great practices. ... We're ready to see where we are once we get going."
RAJA BELL (SG)
6-foot-5, 210 pounds
12th season; 35 years old
Role: Shooting guard came back reinvigorated and ready to provide leadership, a defensive presence and an occasional scoring punch.
Quote: "You're always excited to play. This has been a longer summer than usual. Your body knows when it's time to play ... so it starts to get anxious."
ALEC BURKS (SG)
6-foot-6, 202 pounds
Rookie; 20 years old
Role: Shooting guard can earn early minutes with energetic defense and driving abilities while outside shot improves.
Quote: "I just want to contribute — contribute right away. If I do that, I feel like that would be my best goal for my rookie season."
JEREMY EVANS (SF)
6-foot-9, 194 pounds
2nd season; 24 years old
Role: Forward's reliable instant energy, insane jumping abilities and fun attitude should earn him must-watch minutes.
Quote: "I've worked hard enough that my confidence is high. That's what I've been trying to work on. I'm ready to go out and try to see where I'm at."
DERRICK FAVORS (PF)
6-foot-10, 248 pounds
2nd season; 20 years old
Role: Power forward's sturdy frame, solid work ethic and raw talent are reasons why he's considered a cornerstone of franchise's future.
Quote: "Just coming out playing my game, do what I do to try to improve and try to get some minutes. ... Just try to win."
DEVIN HARRIS (PG)
6-foot-3, 192 pounds
8th season; 28 years old
Role: Point guard has blazing speed and a scoring instinct, and his commitment to improved offensive execution could pay nice dividends.
Quote: "It's exciting times. Obviously (we) went through a semi-challenging training camp. I think we have a good mixture of guys. I'm excited to see what we can do."
GORDON HAYWARD (SF)
6-foot-8, 210 pounds
2nd season; 21 years old
Role: Guard/forward looks to pick up where he left off as rookie, giving team added outside shooting, defense and athleticism.
Quote: "Excited, ready to get this under way — definitely. After watching the games (Sunday), it makes you want to play basketball. It'll be good to finally start playing."
JOSH HOWARD (SF)
6-foot-7; 210 pounds
9th season; 31 years old
Role: Small forward has a new lease on life, and Jazz could reap big rewards by taking a gamble on the intriguing and explosive scorer.
Quote: "One thing I do expect is we've got to go out and play hard no matter what the situation is."
AL JEFFERSON (C)
6-foot-10, 289 pounds
8th season; 26 years old
Role: Center dedicated himself to rigorous offseason training to become a more versatile, athletic weapon on both ends of the court.
Quote: "Little butterflies. More excitement. This is my eighth year I'm into. It's just a blessing to be around this long and have a chance to play this game."
ENES KANTER (C)
6-foot-11, 267 pounds
Rookie; 19 years old
Role: Center might not make many friends in the league this season the way he creates ruckus and rebounds.
Quote: "Personally, I just (want to) help the team, do what Coach tell me to do and go out there and fight for it."
C.J. MILES (SF)
6-foot-6, 222 pounds
7th season; 24 years old
Role: Guard/forward has been inconsistent at times, but his camp showing shows he might be maturing into a reliable two-way player.
Quote: "I definitely feel comfortable. I feel like I definitely know enough where I can help this team and help us continue to grow."
PAUL MILLSAP (PF)
6-foot-8, 253 pounds
6th season; 26 years old
Role: Power forward's lunch-pail, blue-collar mentality has helped him become a force to be reckoned with in the paint.
Quote: "(My) mindset is to get out there and play, get out there more relaxed, have fun with it and hopefully good things will come from it."
JAMAAL TINSLEY (PG)
6-foot-3, 197 pounds
9th season; 33 years old
Role: Point guard sat out the 2010-11 season, but his fitness and natural passing skills give the Jazz a deep playmaker rotation.
Quote: "It's just another day I can get better as a basketball player and as a person. Who wouldn't want to play in the NBA?"
EARL WATSON (PG)
6-foot-1, 199 pounds
11th season; 32 years oldComment on this story
Role: Point guard chose to return to Utah this offseason, and the Jazz are eager to benefit from his steadiness on and off the court.
Quote: "It's a unique team as far as individual personalities. No one really cares who gets the credit. It's going to be a long season. We have to maintain that mentality."