I find it interesting that all season long David Locke (as one of the primary PR
mouthpieces for the Jazz) was expressing the strong opinion that Kanter and
Favors could not play well together, but near the end of the season (and
currently) Dennis Lindsey has stated unequivocally that such an opinion is
"nonsense." It makes me wonder if the Jazz front office isn't
quite as cohesive as they hold themselves out to be.
They have proven that the answer is no. They can't really play that well
I think they can play together, they just need more playing time together and
better coaching. Kanter is so young not only age wise but in basketball playing
time. I hope Kanter shows everyone he can shoot the 3. I think he can, his
Turkey coach said he was the best shooter on the Turkish national team.
In the article they said we "had the conversation" with Kanter. What in
the world is that supposed to mean? Now Kanter has been told he will play
defense? Really?Kanter was big yet mostly worthless until Jefferson
showed him what to do...did not have the conversation but actually showed him.
Sadly Kanter also picked up and reflects Big Al's Utah defensive attitude
in his play.Can these two anchor the frontline? What about a
question like can the Jazz organization get a coach to show up and actually
coach what is needed? What about their PR stunt at the beginning of the season
where King Karl Malone was going to show these two how it was done?The Jazz organization pays lip service to defense but even Sloan was a slacker
when teaching defense. Case in point is Korver who found another gear and is
now playing poor defense but so much better than when he was here.These young guys are not part of the Jazz history and are trying to build
their own history, certainly the Jazz organization can do more to help them than
what they have done thus far.
Of course they can, and the more they do the better they will be together. When
they were playing together the 1st couple weeks of the season John Lucas III was
running the show. So I think we can throw out those stretch of games since
nothing worked at that point. Plus they played great together at the
end of the season. The previous comment "If past performance is
any indication of future results... then no"Makes no sense.
These 2 bigs are still in the growing and development stage of their career. The
comment would only makes sense if applying it to: Will Corbin make the Jazz
better in the future if he had stayed? "If past performance is any
indication of future results... then no"Some thing for keeping Millsap
and Jefferson and expecting to be a contender
Corbin never enforced an expectation of defense. There was no accountability.
It was nothing more than lip service. Al Jefferson now plays better defense for
another team. He himself said defense is mostly effort. Corbin simply did not
mandate defense.The obvious question was if Kanter got his minutes
without having to play defense why would he bother? The answer was he
didn't bother and Corbin played him anyway. You go back to his rookie
season and he showed on pick and rolls. He moved his feet much better. He
learned sitting on the bench watch Jefferson get all the minutes that offense is
king for Corbin so just score and you get to play. Kanter saved his
energy for offense. His footwork on offense was quick and often amazing. On
the defensive end are we suddenly to believe he is immobile after he just juked
his defender out of his shoes on the other end?Kanter can play pick
and pop and can play away from the hoop with his footwork. If we had a coach who
enforced the proper expectations and had an ounce of offensive creativity Favors
and Kanter could be successful together.
Not that I encourage people losing their ability to support their family, but I
feel like the lack of trying to make this combo work warranted corbin's
I think Corbin was quick to give up on Kanter and Favors playing together
because he wanted to start Williams and Jefferson.( Now Corbin is gone.) Kanter
and Favors of course can play together, but the new coach will have to reteach
Kanter the importance of defense. With Big Als mentorship the importance of
defense was placed on the back burner. The Turkish Bull must learn this thing
they call defense to reach his optimum playing potential.
If past performance is any indication of future results...I'd
have to respectfully say...No.
Can Favors and Kanter play together? Certainly, but a smart coach will play them
together when the match-ups warrant such a combination. It won't always be
the ideal lineup. I would, however, like to see the Jazz re-sign Kanter, as long
as his agent keeps the price reasonable.If the Jazz get lucky and
have a chance to draft Embiid, they should pull the trigger. His addition to the
team would make for some formidable defensive lineups. Allowing the new coach to
mix and match Embiid, Favors, Kanter and Gobert. Add in Jeremy Evans and SWAT
Lake City becomes a reality.