Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors can't wait for bigger offensive roles

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  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    July 25, 2013 5:03 p.m.


    When 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.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    July 24, 2013 4:52 p.m.

    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


    its 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...

    when 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...

  • LAJazzFan Los Angeles, CA
    July 24, 2013 2:35 p.m.

    "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.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    July 24, 2013 12:35 p.m.

    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 to like?

  • SWWeatherGuy South Weber, UT
    July 24, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    @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.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    July 24, 2013 10:01 a.m.

    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 solve.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    July 24, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    It should be an interesting season. Just don't expect too much. 40 wins would be a great season for this group.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    July 24, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    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.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    July 24, 2013 5:31 a.m.

    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?

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    July 24, 2013 5:08 a.m.

    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.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    July 24, 2013 5:02 a.m.

    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

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    July 23, 2013 11:32 p.m.

    Kanter will end the season with a higher ppg average than Favors.