Utah Jazz rookies looking to work on games during offseason

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  • Scandrus Cedar Hills, Utah
    April 16, 2011 5:46 a.m.

    I am laughing at the people saying Hayward needs to work on his outside shooting, he shot 48% on two's and 47.3% on three's...that is excellent!! In fact he is one of the league leaders. Kyle Korver and Ray Allen shot 41% and 42% respectively on 3's. Gordon needs to shoot more and be more aggressive but he is already a very, very good shooter!!

  • Anonigma Murray, UT
    April 16, 2011 12:10 a.m.

    I think it's just a body thing with Evans. It'd be nice if he could maybe talk to a doctor or a sports therapist about it. He probably has already.
    The plus is that he has crazy hops, but the down is that he will not play PF at his weight.

    I'd love to see him play SF more. This lineup:
    Harris, Hayward, Evans, Favors, Jefferson

    Looks good to me on paper.

    How do you improve the #1 3 point shooter in the NBA since February on his outside shot? I'm not saying he should quit, but like 'Bones' said, it's not Hayward's weakness.

    To be honest, Hayward's only weakness is mental. He needs to learn how to take over a game like he did with the LA game in the final quarter. Maybe work on his handles more, keep shooting, etc.

  • Bones Salt Lake City, UT
    April 15, 2011 10:55 a.m.

    RE: bugoff

    Didnt Hayward shoot in the mid 40% from 3?.... I mean it would be great if he could continue to improve that shot, but I dont see that as a weakness in his game. Actually that is what has had me excited about him over the last quarter of the season, he is already pretty deadly from outside.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    April 15, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    Evans outside shooting isn't too bad, it's his confidence and willingness to shoot that needs to improve. He also needs to work on putting the ball on the floor and attacking the rim and creating. If he can do those things he will be able to transition to the 3 spot and he could be exactly what we need, a smart, long, athletic 3, that can play D, block shots and rebound. I haven't seen him shoot 3's yet but his stroke from 18/20 ft looks good. I hope he plays nothing but the 3 all summer, so he can become comfortable on the outside.
    I hope Favors hit the weights hard, he has a great frame but he could easily put on 10 to 15 lbs of muscle and then he would be sooo tough physically on the inside. He's ok inside now but he still gets bumped off balance too much. It will be interesting to see how much he can improve during the summer.
    Hayward has so much talent and his skill set is high now but he should improve too and the future looks bright. Go Jazz.

  • Aggie84 Idaho Falls, ID
    April 15, 2011 8:35 a.m.

    Too many coaches and GMs in this room. For me, this group of players have shown tremendous promise and are fun to watch play. In 25 years of watching the Jazz play I haven't seen this much athleticism in any of the teams. The dunks have been exciting to watch and I will keep coming down to SLC just to watch the dunks.
    Get a center and NO Jimmer and we will be good!

  • redcliffs Ivins, Utah
    April 15, 2011 7:54 a.m.

    Hayward is right about needing to be more aggressive. He played that way in both the Lakers game and Denver game and was the biggest reason we won both games. In a couple of other recent games, even with the extra minutes he was getting he seemed to revert back to being nervous about taking too many shots. He needs to take those shots when they're there and be aggressive.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    April 15, 2011 3:36 a.m.

    Evans is going to benefit from the friendship he's established with Hayward. It's been great to see Gordon encouraging Evans to get better; i.e., hitting the weights, extra shooting drills, playing one on one against each other and even hanging out together.

    If Evans only makes a modest improvement in his game and adds 10 pounds, he's going to be a keeper. If he can add 20 pounds he'll be able to replace AK, if Andrei decides to accept New Jersey's offer. Yes, I see one coming.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    April 15, 2011 12:26 a.m.

    I'm not worried about Hayward and Favors, both have a history of good work ethic and determination. I expect they both will come back with more skill, more confidence, a better understanding of the system, and a few extra pounds of muscle. They will be solid starters next season.

    It's Evans I'm worried about, lets face it if he can't put on 10 lbs of muscle he will never be anything more than a niche player who only cracks the rotation when there are injury situations. His body style is similar to T Prince and Durrant's and both of them have gained over 20 lbs since joining the league so don't tell me 10 lbs can't be done.

    But he also needs to develop a better perimeter game because he'll never have a good PF body. I like Evans and I would love to see him make a rotation but he's got a long ways to go. I hope he has it in him.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    April 15, 2011 12:23 a.m.

    I didn't realize that Jeremy was having problems bulking up. Guess I will stop projecting him as a PF although he just makes any front line better because of his offensive rebounding ability. Jeremy has explosive quickness and that characteristic gives him power to the hoop. Well, he will still be able to fill in for someone in the post in an injury situation because he has so much experience there from college.
    Good that some of the guys are working out in Santa Barbara. For you guys in Utah, that is one of the primo beach cities in California. Great place to run, skateboard, whatever. The climate, like San Diego, is moderate and very comfortable through most of the summer.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    April 14, 2011 11:29 p.m.

    Hayward needs to work on his outside shooting. He is best at SG. He is fast and tall enough to defend the SG. If he can consistently hit from the outside his ability to create and also set up other players is very valuable.

    Favors just needs work. He needs to develop inside moves. But mostly he just needs a couple of years of experience. He is going to be as good as DWill. A top 2-5 PF.

    Evans does need to work really hard on shooting. He also needs to make the transition to the SF position. He may be raw but he can sky. He should be able to match up with most of the SFs much better than the PFs. He could become a very good defender at SF.

    Hopefully the Jazz give intense work to the rookies for the next 2 months. That is what KOC said was going to happen until July 1.