@Doug10When the Jazz were swept by the Spurs in the playoffs year
before last it was really Favors that held up his end. Big Al was completely
shut down by Duncan and the Spurs bigs, but Favors was a beast. Most of the time
last year out 1st string would dig us holes while the bench would make a run.
Give these young kids a chance to show what they can do when playing starters
minutes and we might all be surprised how good they really are.
its kind of hard reading some of the posts here...a lot of downers...are you
guys really fans?...or do you want a sub par team...that would make the
playoffs...but never compete for a title?...i am not saying that this group
would take us there...let lindsey do his work...it will be a long while but we
will get back into contention probably after the next draft@xertits obvious that you are being sarcastic...how about the scoring void
left by granger in Indiana?...oh yeah...Paul George Stepped up...luol deng got
injured?...Butler stepped up....CP3 injured when he was with New
Orleans...Darren Collison Stepped up(and he hasnt ever since)...there's
somebody that will step up....these guys don't get into the NBA for
nothing...@Doug10when Favors faces Duncan...he'll play
D...look...every young guy out there..will get outplayed by vets...this may be
the time Favors could hold his own...he is training with a conditioning master
in Karl Malone...think about next year when Enes joins Karl and Derrick...a
little optimism can help...
"Combined, Jazz additions Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush
and John Lucas III averaged 3.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 0.9 apg last season"Not sure how that is calculated as it doesn't seem accurate. The
numbers are still low for their combined production, but I am pretty sure that
Rush or Jefferson averaged at least these numbers alone last year. I do think that the team will struggle to score, but that their defense will
improve. Enough to improve last year's W/L record? No. Last season the
team had a great bench, this year not so much. This team is being built for 2-3
seasons down the road.
There seems to be a few "fans" on this board who should check into a
suicide intervention service. The Jazz Admin dropped the ball this year? How? By
executing their plan? With or without Al and Paul, the Jazz were not going to
get into the playoffs next year anyway. Recognizing that staying the course
would only bring similar results into the future, they wisely changed course.Yes, there will be growing pains next year. Anybody that focuses on wins
and losses next year will be completely frustrated and discouraged. Next year is
a time to get the five starters up to speed and improved. Consider it a try-out
to make the team long term and avoiding the AK max-contract disaster of the
past. If any of these five is not as good as hoped, let's find out while
they are still cheap. Meanwhile, the new veterans will provide some
guidance and stability - and serve essentially as "rent-a-veterans" for
one year. In fact Brandon Rush might turn out to be the shooter the Jazz needs.
Then they are set up with excellent draft picks at a great time. What's not
@Americanvet "I thing Evans could surprise us a littke with his expanded
role this year." I do too. Evans' game looked changed in Summer
League play. He looked much more controlled, deliberate, and seems to have
developed a nice jump-shot. I hope he gets some minutes this year and
shines.@Doug10 "When Favors meets Tim Duncan how is he going to
do? ... Jazz admin has dropped the ball this year." The exciting part is
we're going to find out how the Young Guns will do! Yes, many NBA fans are
awestruck by players but in the end it's still a team sport and defense
still wins championships. The worst case scenario for this season (if you
consider it that way) is the Jazz find out what the Young Guns actually are and
they end up with several high draft picks in a strong draft and plenty of $$$ in
a strong FA market. The Jazz Admin has done the best job in a long, long time.
Wow! I didn't know life could be this easy. So, you lose your two best
offensive players but it's no biggy because other people step up and become
your best offensive players. Okay. Now my worried mind can rest. It's a
wonder anyone complains about free agency when the problem is this easy to
It should be an interesting season. Just don't expect too much. 40 wins
would be a great season for this group.
Seems to me there is a lot of fluff in this story and the comments reflect the
feel good but lack of reality.When Favors meets Tim Duncan how is he
going to do? Keeping in mind that Duncan should have retired years ago he will
still own Favors and Favors will be able to get 4-5 points per game against the
Spurs. Then he gets to go against Blake Griffin, Garnett, Gasol one and Gasol
two, then mention teams like Knicks, Heat, Bulls and the hope quickly escapes
like air out of a popped balloon.We read stories about how these
guys have practiced and got better...I wonder what the rest of the league does
in the offseason? This season when the team gets into crunch time and Favors
and Hayward are on the bench, resting and looking for help the Jazz are going to
be able to go to..... who?These guys are ready for a bigger
offensive role, they just got it but the league dictates that Kobe and James and
Paul and..... will kick the Jazz butts because they have better players. Jazz
admin has dropped the ball this year.
Count me among the fans who don't see a problem ahead concerning the Jazz
scoring enough points. They will be better defensively which results in more
fast breaks and easier shots at the other end, and the core-4 will all be
improved offensively. Favors and Hayward will find ways to score, but I'm
also looking forward to Kanter and Burk's sweet jumpers becoming sweeter. I
think their better plus/minus will result in more wins than last year. Does it
mean playoffs...who knows?
My feeling is that Kanter will emerge as the Jazz leading scorer but he still
might need one more year to fine tune his skills. I see Kanter having a better
outside game than Favors, but it's down low where I believe Kanter can
really shine. Some of his fakes, then spin moves to the basket last year
reminded me a little of Akeem The Dream ( whose last name I can't spell).
D-Fav on the other hand I see more as the defensive enforcer. If he could score
10-15 points a game and then dominate the boards, block shots, and play strong
defense would be outstanding. I thing Kanter and Hayward could average in the 15
- 22 points a game range with their increased roles. Ivan also envision Burks
and Burke somewhere in double digits too. I don't see much coming off the
bench but maybe someone new will emerge. I thing Evans could surprise us a
littke with his expanded role this year. A big key is getting better
defensively. I'm excited for the season.
I think people outside the fanbase of the Jazz would be surprised about Hayward,
Favors and Kanter....given the minutes...and if they did improve...as what
mentioned...they'll surprise people...if Favors and Kanter...got into
Karl's training regimen...wow...that would be awesome...think about
it...two bigs...in top shape...i hope the jazz could keep them all for the next
decade or so
Kanter will end the season with a higher ppg average than Favors.