Burks will make Jazz fans say "Wesley who"? Defense wins ball games.
Let's take the winning spirit to the road. GO JAZZ!
Wombat - You always pick the best player. However, it's still not certain who
that is. Drummond & Davis both look great, but neither is yet an absolute
no-miss. Neither is Barnes. But all look likely to be great. At this point
I'd say the better of the bigs, but Barnes seems to play better against better
opposition. If he dominates in the tourney, he could be the real deal.
Burks tonight looked like a future star. He'll be better than Matthews IMO.
Not that it makes me feel better about the disastrous decision that sent
Matthews to our rival and brought Bell to Utah... but at least the future is
bright despite that debacle. But Burks D is already elite and he's amazing
getting to the rack. We will have a very good team by next year.
Favors and Kanter are the people's choice and "powerful pups". Youth
must be served. The Jazz need a dominant guard like D-Wil and the world will be
all blue skies. Corbin and management need to get rid of the expendable. Sap
is great but he may be good trade bait. Whatever happened to that big foreign
player that the Jazz have draft rights to?
The Jazz have a nice core group together. Point guard is a glaring area that
will need improvement to get to the next level. As far as Portland
goes, just think how good they would be if they had picked Durrant instead of
The lockout and condensed season might be hurting the Jazz more than any other
team. These two could have used a full summer league, preseason and full season
with practices to progress and give all an idea of their potential. Burks and
Hayward would have also benefited from a regular season. The reality is that
this team needs to come together quickly, and by next year at the latest, as
many contracts expire by 2014 (two more seasons after this).
If the season pans out like many so called experts say and the Jazz get lucky
& get pick 1 or 2 in next years draft do we go for Barnes our need or one of
the 2 best players in Davis or Drummond?
I was big on Kanter being picked #3 in the draft and I'm excited to see how he
develops, he has a good jump shot and he has good moves around the basket, he
just needs to gain comfidence and learn how to use his skills and abilities.
Favors is not 7' tall but he is as long or longer as many 7'ers and his
athleticism is about as good as it gets for a big. I hope what we saw against
Milw. from Favors becomes the norm, it will make a big difference and he
definitely has the ability to impact the game defensively like he did that
night. It will take some time for both Kanter and Favors to develop but I love
the potential these guys show, the toughness and agressiveness and
competitiveness, all bode well for the Jazz. I just hope they keep getting more
and more playing time. Same for Hayward and Burks.
@ Portland TrailBlazerEven though you have nothing better to do than
troll another team's newspaper website.... Good job Blazers on beating the
Lakers. That was a solid win and Portland looked good doing it. On
the subject now. I love the way Favors and Kanter look. I am thinking they
will pay big dividends for the Jazz.
I watched much of the Portland - LA game last night too, and came away convinced
that at this point the Blazers indeed may be the best in the West. What a great
balance of talent they have!Our turn will come . . . .
It is nice to read that Big Al is sounding supportive. Kanter named some names
who are helping him. What name I didn't read as being involved is Millsap.
Hopefully he isn't one of the veterans that is starting to complain.The young bigs we have could be special. I can only see that the time they get
on the floor will increase. The question is, how will Big Al and Millsap respond
to that?As for the Trailblazers, I cheer for them every time they
are not playing the Jazz. Love Matthews, but understand why the Jazz couldn't
match what the Blazers offered. They are an exciting team to watch.
I say let the rookies keep taking up the veterans' minutes. When Favors played
for the injured Jefferson the other night, he did awesome, and Jefferson came
back the next game and did awesome too. So long as the young guys are competing
to get playing time, and the veterans are fighting to keep it, it means that
everyone's playing at the top of their game. Personally, I don't think we're
going to have to wait until next season to see this team come together. Our guys
all seem motivated, so I think the best is yet to come...
As I commented on yesterday! To the Portland fans that continue to throw
Matthews in the face of Jazz fans. Yes you did get a fine guard from free
agency. You paid more for him than Rondo made for the Celts. Coming off the
historically poor contracts of AK and Memo, the Jazz finally learned something.
Portland fans should comprehend this with the Oden situation. What
Utah was left with is Heyward. Heyward is shooting almost the same percentage as
Matthews, and will get better with some confidence. It would be interesting to
see how he would do if if was given the same green light as Matthews. His
defense will improve, we all know he can do it, we seen it at the end of last
year. Burks looks to be every bit as good as Matthews already. His outside shot
needs to develop, but his ability to get to the rim is already starter status.
I really like Bluewombat8's comments. This years draft is loaded
with impact players. If the Jazz can get in the lottery, and let these young
kids develop, we should have a great team in several years. Signing Matthews to
that big of contract would have slowed this process. I still want to
rave over Kanters ability to defend. This guy is so much better than I thought
he would be. I can't wait to see his offense develop, I guess his jump shot is
nice too! He smashed Dirk Nowitzki's Nike Hoop summit record, so he can score.
The problem for the Jazz will be keeping these guys together long
enough for them to develop into a serious challenger. If billionaire owners
(like Portland) continue to pluck players from teams and offer them outrageous
contracts, it will destroy small market teams like the Jazz. Oh yes we had the
lockout to remind us of that!
portland is in a rebuilding year too.
It's good that Jefferson is supportive now, but let's see how this team grows
together as the young guys cut veteran minutes. I've read comments on the
Tribune that some veteran Jazz players are already complaining some about their
minutes. Memphis is playing better...good test for Jazz tonight.
Let's see them against the younger Gasol on Friday, and I'll be a little more
excited. The list of big guys Utah hasn't handled: Pau Gasol, Josh McRoberts
(huh?), Troy Murphy (again, huh?, Spencer Hawes, Nene, Jason Smith (another
PTB, you are worse reminder than the Parker pic. A historically 2-guard-poor
Jazz let Matthews go. Sigh...
@ Portland Trail Blazers,I doubted you before the season began, but
am becoming a believer in the Blazers. I've always liked Matthews, and wish the
Jazz had kept him, so will root for the Blazers when they're not playing for the
Jazz, which team is obviously in a rebuilding year.I saw the last 15
minutes or so of the Blazer game tonight. It was fun to watch'em lay it on the
Lakers.As far as the Jazz do go, their bigs (if kept and developed)
will make the team a major factor in years to come, but not this year.
In other news, Portland beats the Lakers to improve to 5-1 and show they are
best in the west. Crash 30 pts, Matthews 16, and LA with 28 pts
Please, please, PLEASE never show another picture of Tony Parker, reminding us
that when every Jazz fan was thinking Parker, the Jazz took ... Raul Lopez, so
they could save a few bucks stashing him overseas. Oh, the pain...
Give it another 2 or 3 years and we will have our own twin towers that can
dominate the paint offensively and defensively, along with Burks and Haywards
development and I'm think we get a good draft pick this year and we could be a
major force if we can hang onto our core group of young guys. Future is very