The big question: Can Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter anchor the Utah Jazz's frontcourt together?

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  • Draft dumbie Farmington, UT
    May 15, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    I find it interesting that all season long David Locke (as one of the primary PR mouthpieces for the Jazz) was expressing the strong opinion that Kanter and Favors could not play well together, but near the end of the season (and currently) Dennis Lindsey has stated unequivocally that such an opinion is "nonsense." It makes me wonder if the Jazz front office isn't quite as cohesive as they hold themselves out to be.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    May 14, 2014 10:34 a.m.

    They have proven that the answer is no. They can't really play that well individually either

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    May 13, 2014 9:04 p.m.

    I think they can play together, they just need more playing time together and better coaching. Kanter is so young not only age wise but in basketball playing time. I hope Kanter shows everyone he can shoot the 3. I think he can, his Turkey coach said he was the best shooter on the Turkish national team.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    May 13, 2014 2:14 p.m.

    In the article they said we "had the conversation" with Kanter. What in the world is that supposed to mean? Now Kanter has been told he will play defense? Really?

    Kanter was big yet mostly worthless until Jefferson showed him what to do...did not have the conversation but actually showed him. Sadly Kanter also picked up and reflects Big Al's Utah defensive attitude in his play.

    Can these two anchor the frontline? What about a question like can the Jazz organization get a coach to show up and actually coach what is needed? What about their PR stunt at the beginning of the season where King Karl Malone was going to show these two how it was done?

    The Jazz organization pays lip service to defense but even Sloan was a slacker when teaching defense. Case in point is Korver who found another gear and is now playing poor defense but so much better than when he was here.

    These young guys are not part of the Jazz history and are trying to build their own history, certainly the Jazz organization can do more to help them than what they have done thus far.

  • djacob10 Salt Lake, UT
    May 13, 2014 10:20 a.m.

    Of course they can, and the more they do the better they will be together. When they were playing together the 1st couple weeks of the season John Lucas III was running the show. So I think we can throw out those stretch of games since nothing worked at that point.

    Plus they played great together at the end of the season.

    The previous comment "If past performance is any indication of future results... then no"

    Makes no sense. These 2 bigs are still in the growing and development stage of their career. The comment would only makes sense if applying it to: Will Corbin make the Jazz better in the future if he had stayed? "If past performance is any indication of future results... then no"
    Some thing for keeping Millsap and Jefferson and expecting to be a contender

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    May 13, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    Corbin never enforced an expectation of defense. There was no accountability. It was nothing more than lip service. Al Jefferson now plays better defense for another team. He himself said defense is mostly effort. Corbin simply did not mandate defense.

    The obvious question was if Kanter got his minutes without having to play defense why would he bother? The answer was he didn't bother and Corbin played him anyway. You go back to his rookie season and he showed on pick and rolls. He moved his feet much better. He learned sitting on the bench watch Jefferson get all the minutes that offense is king for Corbin so just score and you get to play.

    Kanter saved his energy for offense. His footwork on offense was quick and often amazing. On the defensive end are we suddenly to believe he is immobile after he just juked his defender out of his shoes on the other end?

    Kanter can play pick and pop and can play away from the hoop with his footwork. If we had a coach who enforced the proper expectations and had an ounce of offensive creativity Favors and Kanter could be successful together.

  • sky2k1 Provo, UT
    May 13, 2014 9:33 a.m.

    Not that I encourage people losing their ability to support their family, but I feel like the lack of trying to make this combo work warranted corbin's firing.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    May 13, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    Who cares.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    May 13, 2014 7:43 a.m.

    I think Corbin was quick to give up on Kanter and Favors playing together because he wanted to start Williams and Jefferson.( Now Corbin is gone.) Kanter and Favors of course can play together, but the new coach will have to reteach Kanter the importance of defense. With Big Als mentorship the importance of defense was placed on the back burner. The Turkish Bull must learn this thing they call defense to reach his optimum playing potential.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    May 13, 2014 7:27 a.m.

    If past performance is any indication of future results...

    I'd have to respectfully say...


  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    May 13, 2014 1:47 a.m.

    Can Favors and Kanter play together? Certainly, but a smart coach will play them together when the match-ups warrant such a combination. It won't always be the ideal lineup. I would, however, like to see the Jazz re-sign Kanter, as long as his agent keeps the price reasonable.

    If the Jazz get lucky and have a chance to draft Embiid, they should pull the trigger. His addition to the team would make for some formidable defensive lineups. Allowing the new coach to mix and match Embiid, Favors, Kanter and Gobert. Add in Jeremy Evans and SWAT Lake City becomes a reality.