Big turnout of fans buoys Jazz

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  • Captain L Provo, UT
    July 12, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    CJMiles: I like your positive comments keep up the good work!!!! Lottery picks are 1 thru 14, all the teams that don't get into the playoffs are lottery teams and that is 14 teams.
    There are a lot of unkowns about this team but there is a lot of talent and I like what I'm hearing about the coaching staff and the new philosophies. I agree that Favors will improve, I see him being more of an offensive weapon, Hayward will improve and be more comfortable in his role, Kanter will improve , his D needs a lot of improvement, Kanter will show he can shoot the 3. Burks will improve and be in the running for 6th man, I don't see him winning it though. Gobert will improve and get a lot more playing time. Burke will be more of a leader and run the show, Exum will be brought along slow or maybe I should say he will progress according to how hard he works but there is no rush. Hood like all rookies will struggle but show us he was a steal at 23. Very young team but they all should improve.

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    July 11, 2014 7:03 p.m.


    Spurs doing fine with s late first round and second round picks?

    The spurs would be nothing without one the best lottery picks ever in Duncan.

    Do the Jazz have a player like that to build around?

    By the way, the Jazz passed on all those spur picks.

    And I always though they should have traded boozer to draft Kevin love.

    I like Gordon but not as the max player to build around, but he's no Duncan, or kobe, or james or...

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    July 11, 2014 4:41 p.m.

    Facts: Hayward will average over 20 a game with 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
    Burke will be the leader of the team
    Favors: Will average a double double and average 16 points a night
    Burks: Will be 6th man of the year averaging 18 a night
    Kanter will be a huge improvement over last year.
    Gobert will be an asset to the bench instead of a liability
    Hood: Will average 10 points and game and lead the team in 3 point %
    Exum: Will be the biggest surprise of all and be the glue to the wing defense and be runner-up to rookie of the year

  • Whiteshoes Hurricane, UT
    July 11, 2014 2:08 p.m.


    Kevin Love was the 5th pick of the 2008 NBA draft---Utah picked #23 that year (Kosta Koufas, Ohio St).

    Lottery picks, by definition, are the first eleven picks (from teams who did not make the playoffs and were entered in the lottery).
    The Jazz have drafted 5 lottery picks in their history--Exum (2014), T. Burke (2013), Kanter (2011), Hayward (2010), Deron Williams (2005). The current Jazz roster has six lottery picks (Exum, Burke, Kanter, Hayward, Favors, Williams).

    FYI: Prior to 2005, the Jazz have had four top 10 picks-- #7 in 1983 (T.Bailey), #3 in 1982 (Dominque Williams), #2 in 1980 (D. Griffeih), and #7 in 1975 (R. Kelley).

  • SWWeatherGuy South Weber, UT
    July 11, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    Couldn't agree more, Picklesituation, compare apples to apples. I was at the practice last night and can't hardly wait for this season to get under way. The Jazz may lose as many games than last season but I doubt it. Snyder subtly said Hayward will be on the team and the draft picks only improve the overall talent. They are young and it will take a year or two to see the fruits of these changes but I see a huge coaching upgrade that will pay huge dividends by mid-season as the play begins to complement the youthful', athletic talent.

    I still maintain that Hood was an absolute steal at 23 and is ready to contribute now on both ends of the floor. It's apparent that Exum is a freak athlete but very much needs experience and growth. He struggled with his shot but I remember a Jazz PG, who was the best player on the floor last night, struggled mightily with his shot last Summer in Orlando. Exum may/may not be the next "Kobe" but we won't know what he is for a few years, but he is a worthy pick at 5.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 11, 2014 1:07 p.m.

    Sounds like some people forgot (or never saw) that Kobe was air-balling shots all over the place during the playoff series against the Jazz his rookie year. So if anything, the comparisons of Exum to Kobe seem to be spot on at this point.

  • Picklesituation Ashburn, VA
    July 11, 2014 12:09 p.m.

    Kobe played 15 min a game and shot 41% from the field his first season. He made significant progress the next couple seasons, but it took some time to achieve superstar form. The Jazz ate him up in their playoff runs to the finals. I'm not saying Exum will do anything like that, but it's not fair to compare him to adult Kobe at this point. The Jazz drafted Exum on his measurables (speed, quickness, length), which are off the charts for his size. The comparisons to Kobe are based solely on those things at this point. They have/had similar measurables for that age. The jazz were also one of the first teams to start scouting Exum, so they had more time on target than most teams. In the end, however, the selection was based on potential. Not what he'll do now.

  • C topher Rexburg, ID
    July 11, 2014 10:00 a.m.

    Read about Kobe’s pre-draft 1-on-1 with defensive MVP Michael Cooper. I don’t even like Bryant but it’s unfair to compare Exum to Kobe. I’m not saying Exum isn’t or won’t be good. The point is that nobody has any idea how good he’ll be. He received a lot of hype over a handful of games. And you can’t say that other than his shooting he’s like Kobe. That’d be like me saying that other than his shortness and complete inability to play defense Jimmer is kinda, sorta like Kobe.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    July 11, 2014 9:32 a.m.

    @goforit You really should not present so many statements as true when they clearly are not.

    Hayward not wanting to play here? False.

    No lottery picks? False.

    You complain about the Jazz not winning with youth and then you cite Michael Carter Williams as an example? They lost more games than the Jazz last season. I guess you can't let truth stand in the way of a good story/rant though.

    The fact is very young teams do not win in the NBA. Paul George has allstar veterans like David West in his prime.....not to mention George was a gigantic exceptional talent that many missed/did not predict.

    The Jazz will literally have nobody in the starting lineup that has been in the league longer than Hayward who has played 4 seasons (including 1st year on bench and a lockout season).

    We are younger than last season so it is possible we could be worse.

    Exum has physical tools but is essentially a kid fresh out of highschool with weak shooting but amazing athletic abilities and appears to be able to defend. Hood has immediate potential.

    I watched them play last night.

  • Alpiner Alpine, UT
    July 11, 2014 9:18 a.m.

    So the description of Exum as the next Kobe Bryant but without the shot is accurate, at least about the shooting.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    July 11, 2014 9:17 a.m.

    Exum is the new Jordan

  • RSL* Why, AZ
    July 11, 2014 9:11 a.m.

    I like how Jazz fans are soo excited at the first of the season, then about 20 games in the season they give up and move onto other things. I know I am one of those fans.

    I do believe that this year may be a little better than last year. But a lot of other teams could also be getting better with all the good players coming from the draft.

  • sptfyre MAPLETON, UT
    July 11, 2014 8:50 a.m.

    @Goforit Jazz don't have lottery picks, just a bunch of mid-first round picks? Favors and Kanter were both picked 3rd, Exum 5th, Hayward and Burke 9th, and Burks 12. What is your definition of lottery picks? Because according to the NBA definition (top 14 picks) those are all lottery picks.

    Also you don't have to have a team full of lottery picks to win. Just look at the Spurs. They have Duncan. Parker was a late 1st rounder and Ginobli was a late 2nd rounder. They seem to be doing just fine without a team full of lottery picks. Where you are picked doesn't matter, how you play once you get into the league does.

    And just curious, how will this season be worse than last season?

  • Picklesituation Ashburn, VA
    July 11, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    Goforit, Kevin Love was picked after the Jazz picked? Do you know what you're talking about? Why does your comment read like a computer-generated troll post? You're all over the place. Young does matter in the NBA. I matters a lot. Look at the stats. Sure, you can cite a few exceptions, but even Love has a hard time winning in the NBA. Also, this strange fixation on Alec Burks baffles me. How can you possibly argue he's the surest player on our roster? He struggles in a set offense, misses reads, and is questionable at best with shooting and defense. He's improving but no where near a sure thing. Hayward is a much more valuable player at this point. Also, do you know Hayward? Please post again and cite your source for him not wanting to play here, because everything i've read and heard says he would love to stay with the Jazz. Read David Locke's post on Locked on Jazz. He's actually met Hayward.

  • C topher Rexburg, ID
    July 11, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    1320 KFAN: “Dante Exum looked awful last night.” “He wasn’t as good as I thought he’d be.”

    WHAT DO YOU MEAN NOT AS GOOD!!! You assumed he’d be amazing based on a Nike Hoop Summit and a couple FIBA tournament games? Some have even said "He’s the closest that I’ve seen to a young Kobe Bryant." HUH??? I can’t stand how everybody says how excited they are while at the same time saying they know nothing about him. He hasn’t played competitively in nearly a year. His YouTube highlight reels consist of him dunking on 5’ 8 high school kids. Given what was riding on a number 5 pick, I don’t understand why we went for such an unknown. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and I hope he'll be amazing. I assume the Jazz did their homework and hope they didn’t just buy the hype. Unfortunately I feel like I’ll be disappointed.

    GO JAZZ!!!

  • iluvnz Vernal, UT
    July 11, 2014 8:19 a.m.

    I'm looking forward to a good season. Some new blood has been infused into the organization. I look forward to seeing how things go under Snyder. I look forward to seeing how another year wiser can improve the mindset and physicality of our returning players. I look forward to seeing what our two top draft picks can bring to the table. Nothing wrong with optimism. I don't know why people have to be so negative all the time. Let's just wait and see what happens.

  • goforit Provo, UT
    July 11, 2014 7:36 a.m.

    I know the roster can change, but fans don't be too optimistic, this team will be worse than last year. If Hayward is back it won't be pretty. He doesn't want to be here and his play will show. They have to match to get to the minimum. Youth is the excuse, but I don't buy it. Paul George is young, Michael Carter Williams is young, Kevin Love was good when he came in. All of them were picked after Jazz players. The Jazz lottery picks need to quit using the excuse we are young and start producing. Otherwise they are going to be considered busts for where they were picked.

    The Jazz don't have lottery picks, just a bunch of mid to late first-round picks. You can't contend with that. We will see about Exum, but other than Alec Burks the rest will never live up to the hype the Jazz give them. I know this is just my opinion, but I don't see too many that have the mental toughness to become elite. Everyone just keeps making excuses for them.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    July 11, 2014 12:16 a.m.

    Quin Snyder talks with a man? Try Boller. Exum is chased down? Look at the photo again. Fights for control of the ball? The ball is being passed. Blocked shot? Not even close. Who writes this stuff for the photos on the Desnews? Shouldn't the newspaper be a lot more accurate with its' descriptions. I will offer up my services for peanuts to spend 5 minutes to get these things corrected on a regular basis. I am Sorry but really? There mow, I feel a little better unless my comment is denied for having a legit comment/complaint.