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Published: Wednesday, May 11 2011 2:00 p.m. MDT

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South Jordan, UT

People obviously didn't see the Lakers game.

Salt Lake City, UT

This is great for both Favors and Hayward. I think Favors actually had a better season than most people expected, he was supposed to be a long term project with enormous potential, but he showed towards the end of the season that he's a productive player right now. Over the last 5 games he averaged 11.4 points 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 27 minutes.

Hayward probably had the best finish to the season for any rookie not named Griffen or Wall, but since this a cumulative award I can see why he didn't make the 2nd team.

If the all rookie team was for the rookies who were playing the best basketball at the end of the season, both Jazz rookies would have been in the top 10.

The only thing I disagree with the coaches over is putting Neal over Monroe for the last spot on the first team.

I think this is the best class of rookies the NBA has seen since the 2003 class.

Penguin Inc.
Salt Lake City, Utah

This is terrific news! It's the beginning of a beautiful win-ship! Get it? The Jazz are on the up and up!

Tokyo, Japan

i would have thought Hayward would get a nod...but because he was benched most of the season...i guess that's why...i think coaches should trust rookies a bit more...i mean...you drafted them...why not use them...if Hayward and Evans had a steady 15-20 min playing time i think Hayward would be a lock in...and Evans would have a shot

Captain L
Provo, UT

I'm looking forward to what Favors and Hayward will do next year, they both have great up side and should make immediate contributions. IMO both Favors and Hayward should start the season as starters, it probably won't happen but to me it should. Milsap needs to work on his skills to play alot more minutes at the 3, so Favors can start and get major minutes as the starting 4.
I'd like to see the Jazz be able to trade Bell, but that probably won't happen, Hayward needs to start at the 2.

Temecula, CA

I think the balloting made some sense, since Hayward didn't play that much through most of the season, and when he did, except for the final stretch, he played a lot against other team's second string. The thing to me that was fantastic was Hayward's 3-pt shot percentage ending up so high by the end of the year, and his admitting to the press at the end that he was confident that he belonged in the league. Coach should definitely start him next year. I think Favors should start too. I'm hoping that Jefferson or Milsap is traded (though I hate saying that about Milsap, who has been a hard-working force for the Jazz) and Fes signed but there are so many variables, including who the Jazz draft and which veterans are wooed by other teams.

Murray, UT

Hayward had the better year, but kudos to Favors! I'm excited to see his off-season development

Viva Los Jazz
Garland, UT

I remember how badly I wanted the Jazz to get Greg Monroe and they tried to trade up for him or another power forward. I am SO happy that we got Derrick Favors and he's turned out to be our future power forward for the next 5 to 6 years. Paul George had more votes than Gordan Hayward but George didn't shoot very efficiently as a 3 point shooter and I'm glad we got Haward as well even though he didn't make the second team. I really am excited about the draft that will allow us to get deaper, perhaps we'll wind up getting two more of the best lottery picks of the draft. This is so much better than having to take a project like Kosta Koufos or DeShawn Stevenson. Drafting in the top 13 gives you players that have a higher athletic learning curve.

Tokyo, Japan

i think out of the rookies this season...Favors and Hayward would be one of the top players that came from their draft year...the coaching staff should give them their trust and start them....they would develop faster...and they would easily improve their already good chemistry...i hope we get two steals from this year's draft...

Doctor J
Manti, UT

Favors is one of the top 2-3 picks in last years draft. He could end up being an all-star calibre player in the NBA.

We are extremely lucky to have him...& he appears to be a great kid. You do not get a good big like that very often.

louisiana jazz man
Dubach, LA

demarcus cousins by far the best of the draft

the boonies, mexico

Hayward got D-Will and Sloanized otherwise he would have made at least a 2nd teamer. As for Favors he just needs playing time like Evans and will be a huge contributor for us for many years. Just do whatever you need to do next week as far as luck O'Connor, and lets move up in the draft! Good luck to all.

Doctor J
Manti, UT

I would say that Favors is top 2-3 in last years draft...Hayward is certainly top 10 maybe 6-8.

Captain L
Provo, UT

What awards they qualified for isn't important to me, it's how they finished the season, they were playing pretty good, especially Gordon, and Favors was showing improvement too. They both just need to work hard in the off season and come back determined to start and be big contributors. I hope the coaches are working them hard until July 1st, like KOC said they would be doing.

Salt Lake City, UT

Re Louisiana Jazz man:
Talent wise I think you're right, but Cousins might just be the most spoiled, infantile player the NBA has ever seen. Because his personality is so corrosive, I don't think he will ever be a major contributor on a playoff team.

I would take both Favors and Hayward over Cousins in a redraft.

Salt Lake City, UT


Summerville, SC

Congrats. All the Jazz need to do now is Get the Mailman to Coach the Bigs.

Lehi, UT

I would put my money on that second team all day long!

Too bad Air Gordon didn't make the team, he really came on big at the end of the season, too big yo! lol

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Interesting...Both Favors and Hayward were top 10 picks but neither lived up to their draft positions. Favors should have been first team and Hayward second team based on how they were drafted. Both played below their expectations coming into the league. Goes to show that it doesn't matter where you are drafted, but how you play the game.

Oh and this a season award not a "Hayward" had a few good games award.

SLC, ut

I personally wouldn't want to coach Cousins even though he has the potential to be one of the better centers in the league. Hayward and Favors are already in full off-season workout mode! Two more with the work ethic like them is all we want as Jazz fans out of this years draft.....right? I'd love to see that 12th pick go top 3!!

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