Ranking the best rookie seasons in Utah Jazz history

Published: Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:07 p.m. MDT

Even though the Jazz have come to the end of a less than impressive season, there have been plenty of bright spots along the way. Derrick Favors proved that he deserves major minutes for Utah in the future while setting career-highs in scoring, rebounding and assists in 30 minutes a game. Alec Burks showed that he has the ability to score no matter who the Jazz are facing and nearly doubled his career-high in scoring average by putting up 14 points a night.

Gordon Hayward showed that he is a solid all-around player who can score, find the open man and hit the glass. Enes Kanter has displayed plenty of skill on the offensive end of the floor and has shown that he has learned much from his time behind Al Jefferson.

The big bright spot on the season has been the play of point guard Trey Burke. After a brutal summer and an early season injury, Burke showed why the Jazz brass traded up to get his services. In fact, his year was so impressive that his first season with the Jazz ranks among the best rookie campaigns in Utah Jazz history.

Here is a look at the best rookie seasons for Jazz players since they moved to Utah.

Note: Derrick Favors was named NBA All-Rookie second team after a solid rookie campaign, but since he only played 22 games with the Jazz after being traded from the New Jersey Nets, he does not make the list. All stats are from Basketball-reference.com

Jay Yeomans is a courier by day and a freelance writer by night. He is the creator and lead writer of the website jmoneysports.com. Contact him at jmoney34@hotmail.com. Twitter: @jmoneysports

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Mountain Bird
West Jordan, UT

The Golden Griff had the prettiest jumpshot I've ever seen. Great dunks too!

Eagle Mountain, UT

New #1 on this list after next season... Jabari Parker! At least that is what I hope. But it is not likely the Jazz get him, and even if they do there is no guarantee of where he would end up on this list. But you can't blame me for dreaming.

Sneaky Jimmy
Bay Area, CA

@samwise You can hope all you want with no blame. The problem is the Jazz management have the same strategy. "Hope we get better" and as we all know HOPE is NOT a strategy.

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