Utah Jazz: Hayward a center? Kanter respects make-do sparring partner

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  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    March 4, 2013 5:42 p.m.

    @Jazz Source
    Big Al's point production is predictable but he has the green light to take as many shots as he needs to get his 20 points or so. If Kanter has a slow start like big Al does sometimes he goes back to the bench and doesn't get the minutes to get his groove on. Another issue is with Jeffersons points we give up a lot of easy lay ups and inside shots because of his defensive deficiencies. I'm not just saying that, it's pretty well documented. I believe the combination of Favors and Kanter really plugs up the middle a lot better and even if they score less than Jefferson and Millsap the defense they play makes up for it.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    March 4, 2013 3:37 p.m.

    re: JBQ "...How can you keep from giving playing time to Favors and Kanter?"

    Easy. One night Favors scores 17 and the next night it is 8 and he fouls out. Big Al is alot more predictable and reliable on the offensive end.

    As much as I despise Big Al's defense we would have lost another 10-15 games without him on the floor.

    These young guys have potential but are very inconsistent. I'm not complaining really but it is reality and to ignore it means you are just going to be losing alot more.

    Sure we have a deep bench but that does not mean they are ready to be starters...it just means they are better than most benches and they do make the difference between wins and losses but realistically night after night they are not going to be able to match up against other teams starters.

    Gradually bring them along the rest of the year and give them more minutes as they prove their ability to be consistent.

    Lets see how Kanter does on the road in the place of Al tonight. When he can replicate results against better teams on the road then maybe.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    March 4, 2013 1:43 p.m.

    It seems to me that the bench was what keeps the Jazz from getting killed every night. The starters routinely get us in 10 point deficits in the first and third quarters almost every game and it's the bench that has to dig out of those holes. You can argue that our bench is only playing against the other teams bench and not their starters which might have some validity, but we can't really get a sense how are bench would play against other teams starters because your coach won't adjust the line up unless the starters are in casts.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    March 4, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    Please, for the good of the team, do not under any circumstance put Earl Watson in the game. The youngsters are great as backups but if they played the majority of the minutes each night the jazz would get killed most nights. But leave Watson on the bench.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    March 4, 2013 12:32 a.m.


    If not now when?...they'll be stuck in the bench if you dont give them the opportunity...should they have to wait till they are 25-26 yrs old to get acclimated with a huge part of the offense?...it would work before...but in today's game...they would need the minutes that they can get to improve...since game minutes is different from practice minutes...

  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    March 3, 2013 10:56 p.m.

    Kanter played horrible in the Atlanta game, and Favors was awful against the Bobcats. I'm still not convinced that both of them should be our starters. Favors especially does not seem to be making any progress, and I wonder if he ever will. However, I would be comfortable seeing Jefferson go elsewhere so we can spend that money on a better PG. Not sure who we can get that is better than Mo, but at the right price, we might be able to land a top ten PG.

  • tomo keystone heights, fl.
    March 3, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    As a Celtic's fan first & foremost I would love to have both Kanter & Haywood on the C's( The Jazz are my 2nd favorite). I also wouldn't mind AJ or Milsap(but not both). Kanter & Haywood both have higher ceilings in my opinion & would be welcomed before the latter mentions. The beauty of any trade between the two teams is that I can enjoy them both in any incarnation. That is of course moot and I will now slink away & lick my wounds w/out further adieu...

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    March 3, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    I agree that Kanter and Favors need to play more, especially now that the trade deadline has passed. Would have liked to have seen Hayward guarding Kanter in the practice session. The Jazz have to try and win a higher percentage of home games throughout the remainder of the season so they don't have to play San Antonio or Oklahoma City in the first round of the playoffs. Yes, I, for one, am pretty sure the Jazz are going to make the playoffs. Go Jazz!

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    March 3, 2013 8:24 a.m.

    This situation albeit against a weak squad has created quite a dilemma. How can you keep from giving playing time to Favors and Kanter? Jefferson and Millsap are playing well but their cost is prohibitive. It's time to go with the young guys. It is obvious now that you don't renew their contracts and go for the salary cap which would free at least 23 million to shop around. Jefferson at 15 million and wanting more goes with Millsap at 8 million and wanting to be paid in that range.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    March 3, 2013 12:57 a.m.

    Hayward does not get much love here...lol...everytime i see a Hayward article...no comments...lol...imma give him some credit...and i think he is better starting...along with Kanter Favors Burks and Foye...i think Burks and Hayward sharing the PG duties during the game...is more efficient...at least each time there will be a different look in the offense...just making it more unpredictable...