Taking stock: Utah Jazz will have a very young roster in 2013-14

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  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    In another article, Ansris Biedrins is noted by his home country coach as "absent" status on the team for this summer. When asked why, Biedrins said he wants to work this summer to improve for this season in the NBA. I'm sure he wanrs playing time, but it is also a contract year for him, so he needs to impress. If he is serious about improving, maybe he will have a breakout year for the Jazz. He is 7' 4" and 240, 1" taller and 8 lbs lighter than Kanter, so maybe needs to bulk up in muscle before the season starts. Maybe Malone can help there - if he really is serious, he might listen to Malone, unlike a previous 7' 3" former center on the Jazz team. He will be someone to watch. Rush is another player to watch - he could have a breakout year along with Alec Burks. Maybe Jazz management had something else in mind when they brought in the 3, including Jefferson via trade to give them cap space for next year. They can go either way on all 3 of them - if any of the 3 pan out, they can give them an offer.

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    July 30, 2013 8:39 p.m.

    I'm good with what they are doing I would rather be last than 9th place. And i have said this before if we jazz fans think this young group are as good as we think than we should be a lot better than 15 wins if not than they aren't as good as we all think I would hope for 30 wins.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    July 30, 2013 4:32 p.m.

    @King Black

    Initially it would not be the same as AK as that was the market at the moment he was signed but not long after he did not play to warrant his pay scale and it went on for years.

    Regardless of the reasons the facts were he was way overpaid for what he delivered and we want to avoid that, especially since we have time to evaluate now.

    It would be silly to not evaluate our talent under regular starter minutes before we pay the big bucks. The Jazz would be derelict in their duty if they signed these guys to big deals without playing them big minutes first.

  • Mortoon Idaho Falls, ID
    July 29, 2013 8:29 p.m.

    Jazz are better...pure pipe dream. Didn't Lindsey come from San Antonio who tanked not once but twice to get it's big men of the past and present? Looks clearly like an MO to me. Look for the worst jazz record since their move to slc.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    July 29, 2013 7:06 p.m.


    Mo Williams is a terrible decision maker for a PG...would look to score first...if there was one guy...that fits this team well....it'll be demarre....if the young guys live up to their potential....and we get a guy like Wiggins or Parker...it will be awesome....plus...if Trey Burke pans out...Marcus Smart...

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    July 29, 2013 3:45 p.m.

    I don't believe the Jazz are tanking. It could happen, a combination of injuries and people not living up to expectations. The Jazz were faced with two choices, make the future Jefferson/Millsaps or Kantor/Favors, possibly another combination of the four. They have either decided or have to decide if the Jazz are going to be Heyward's team. They gave Kirlenko the money but took the team away from him. Jazz management apparently think the new point guard can be the future but if so why did they draft the fellow from Brazil. Little Mo is the only one leaving that I would have brought back after they decided to go with Favors. If nobody gets hurt this team makes the playoffs unless Corbin screws up so bad they can't; however, his job is on the line and he should know it. Sloan is watching.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 29, 2013 3:37 p.m.

    Will the Jazz re-calibrate their ticket prices to reflect the fact they've already waved the white flag, 3 to 4 months before the season starts?

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    July 29, 2013 2:49 p.m.

    Sloan will be coaching this defense from behind the curtain. You can already tell that they're building this team to improve their defense.

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    July 29, 2013 2:46 p.m.

    I think the Jazz will win 15-20 games this season. And that we'll look on this year as one of the most important in franchise history. There's nothing more dispiriting than to follow a team that finishes 8th or 9th. Good enough to kind of compete, not good enough to play for a championship. This team will be young, and will take some lumps. But watch. Something great is coming together.

  • Wonderpus Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
    July 29, 2013 12:51 p.m.

    Beat. The. Lakers.... That's all I ask.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    July 29, 2013 12:35 p.m.

    @I'm with you on everything except your Corbin analysis. I'm really excited for this team and the new season to begin this Fall but I am concerned with the inexperienced coaching staff. I think this team needs a real teacher like a Popovich for example. A team like the Miami Heat could be coached by anyone that could fog a mirror. Just stay out of the all stars way and try to be a peace maker when they need some TLC. The Jazz are in a different situation however. They need an experienced coach because they are all so young and have little experience. I'm afraid it will be difficult for management to evaluate Corbin because expectations will be low, so if we are losing a lot of games it will be easier to blame it on the players instead of the inexperienced coaching staff. I hope im wrong and Corbin gets everything possible out of these youngsters, but I'm not confident he will.

  • fastfox Ogden, UT
    July 29, 2013 11:11 a.m.

    Maybe i am biased but I think the jazz have something extremely special here. Will they be competitive this season, no, but they'll fight harder than most "bad" teams. I cannot think of another team that was built through the draft at every position and had their starting 5 all young and having them grow together. It seems like they're doing it right and these guys are oozing with potential.

    I actually think this will be Corbin's best year coaching. He'll have a terrible record, but coaching-wise he'll be excellent. Having a young team and a direction of where your going will help him out a lot and take some pressure off. Hopefully they'll reintroduce the pick and roll offense and focus mainly on defense. Most of the young guys cannot score other than Hayward and Burks, but if they can develop into a top defensive team, they'll be in a lot of ball games.

    I cannot wait for this season. I know it will test jazz fans, but I'm excited and very optimistic!

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    July 29, 2013 10:42 a.m.

    I think this is a fine group-. They will surprise many. Crow for many..

  • gehelmke Bastrop, TX
    July 29, 2013 8:35 a.m.

    The current philosophy being exhibited by the Jazz hierarchy remnds me very much of the way I learned to swim....Flinging me about 10' out into the mighty Mississippi, my Dad told me to "Sink or swim!"....I fought the water hard, but stayed up....and every time we went back there, with Dad's help I got a little better....Before long I was swimming like a fish.

    I see the Jazz looking rough for the first few games, before starting to shape up as a team. Then, as they get attuned to each other, they will start being tougher and tougher to beat. They'll lose a lot, but by the end of the season, they won't be anybody's patsy.

    Consider that in that projected starting lineup, we'll have two guys who led their college ball clubs to the NCAA final game...That's not exactly chopped liver!

  • mdp Bountiful, utah
    July 29, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    If the Jazz finally learn how to play defense, they will be fine.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    July 29, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    It would appear that in baseball terms that this is a "triple A" squad competing with the big league squads. It had to be done. The team needed to be pruned. You have to give management credit for doing the obvious. You just have to wait and see what happens. Rush could be a steal from Kansas if his knee is in good shape. Clark played well for Belmont an emerging small school. The Jazz went for "the diamonds in the rough". Actually, Hayward could be classified as such also. Sometimes, you just have to make the best educated guess possible. Unless the Lakers sign LeBron or Carmelo, they will be in worse shape than the Jazz with a star guard with only "one wheel". The fans need to be patient.

  • mulrich Columbia, SC
    July 29, 2013 6:22 a.m.

    I don't deny chemistry and a talented young core are important for NBA success, but those things are not that highly correlated to winning a championship. You have to go back to 2007 to find a team (San Antonio) who was able to win the title under that model. More recently you've seen veteran free agents come together and win a title together with limited experience as a team (Miami, Dallas, Lakers, Boston).

    OKC is heralded as the model NBA franchise for bringing up a young core but they've won one NBA finals game.

    I don't think the Jazz will ever have the luxury of a marque free agent signing (coach Sloan was our biggest draw) so hopefully one of our young players can emerge into that caliber of a player. Otherwise we can expect more of the same results from our team.

  • forgetyourself Layton, UT
    July 29, 2013 6:03 a.m.

    I said last year either we win or go with the youth movement. I am now wondering how good some of the young core really are. We have all seen glimpses of greatness from them but can they recreate it night in and out. Not to mention as a greater fear of developing talent and watching them walk away from the organization. As a dedicated Jazz fan I am intrigued but nervous at the same time. I am excited to see the season start but also scared we will suck and not be worth watching with the chemistry. I think that Evans is going to have a career year with the Jazz.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    July 29, 2013 5:34 a.m.

    Amazing little word, the word "the". In you article, you wrote that the Jazz going young in order to get a high draft choice is the perception. If you had said instead "a common perception among the media" or something like that, it wouldn't sound like almost everyone is believing that the Jazz might tank this year. I believe that the Jazz are better, just less deep, and that, barring major injuries, will surprise many with a decent year. Also, how could anyone still be shocked that Alec Burks will play some point this year. He already had played some point in the last two summer leagues as well as at times last year. Go Jazz!

  • King Black Paso Robles, CA
    July 29, 2013 1:38 a.m.

    @ Jazz Source

    Well it wouldnt be AK all over again because AK proved himself worthy of that contract it wasnt just based off of limited time and hope. AK was already a terror for apposing teams to play against before he got his big deal which is why no one complained when he got it (ala Jeremy Lin) it is also further proof he was proved when recently NBA champ Chauncy Billups (pre AK's pile of injuries) was asked the question if a game of 2 on 2 out of the entire NBA who would you want to be teamed with he picked AK47 out of the Lebrons, Kobes, Prime Shaqs, etc...

    What derailed AK was his injuries and maybe Boozer being injected into the team but pre-injury you could go on NBA's homepage or ESPN, foxsports and there was certain to be a headline with AK47's latest game.
    I mean he was one of the reasons the team did good after the Malone and Stock era.
    Now if favors and Kanter, etc. were to get big contracts it would be based on limited time and hope which would mean you would be correct then

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    July 28, 2013 9:17 p.m.

    Here are the facts. The Jazz really have little choice but to play all the youth in order to adequately determine who is going to pan out and who will wash out.

    Can you imagine the accusations of incompetence in two years if we had re-signed Jefferson and Millsap and continue to play Favors and Hayward limited minutes, extend their contracts only to subsequently find out they were not worth the contract we gave them. Can you say AK all over again?

    The jazz are smart to learn who is worth the money BEFORE they give them big deals.

    If you consider all the timing and strategy to coordinate all the salary cap flexibility, the crop of top free agents next summer, and the awesome deep draft all lining up next season the fans ought to be giving thanks and not whining about a couple of losing seasons.

    The Jazz will lose a lot initially but in order to eventually win you have to get a young talented core playing together for years building the chemistry it takes to consistently win.