Utah Jazz: Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter living up to NBA's 'Big Things Are Coming' theme

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  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Jan. 7, 2012 4:19 p.m.

    Burks will make Jazz fans say "Wesley who"? Defense wins ball games. Let's take the winning spirit to the road. GO JAZZ!

  • Bloodshy DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 6, 2012 10:49 p.m.

    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.

  • Bloodshy DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 6, 2012 10:19 p.m.

    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.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Jan. 6, 2012 3:15 p.m.

    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?

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 6, 2012 3:04 p.m.

    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 Oden.

  • LAJazzFan Los Angeles, CA
    Jan. 6, 2012 2:50 p.m.

    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).

  • Wombat1247 Mount Beauty, VIC
    Jan. 6, 2012 1:43 p.m.

    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?

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Jan. 6, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    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.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Jan. 6, 2012 12:03 p.m.

    @ Portland TrailBlazer

    Even 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.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    Jan. 6, 2012 11:07 a.m.

    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 . . . .

  • HugMe Logan, UT
    Jan. 6, 2012 10:17 a.m.

    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.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 6, 2012 9:22 a.m.

    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...

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Jan. 6, 2012 9:20 a.m.

    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!

  • louisiana jazz man Dubach, LA
    Jan. 6, 2012 7:36 a.m.

    portland is in a rebuilding year too.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Jan. 6, 2012 5:36 a.m.

    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.

  • Chuck Nunn Logan, UT
    Jan. 6, 2012 12:51 a.m.

    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 huh?)

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 6, 2012 12:48 a.m.

    PTB, you are worse reminder than the Parker pic. A historically 2-guard-poor Jazz let Matthews go. Sigh...

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Jan. 6, 2012 12:14 a.m.

    @ 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.

  • Portland Trail Blazers Sandy, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 11:55 p.m.

    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

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 11:05 p.m.

    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...

  • Bluewombat8 Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 9:48 p.m.

    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 very bright.