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.
@sptfyreSpurs 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...
Facts: Hayward will average over 20 a game with 6 rebounds and 5 assists.Burke will be the leader of the teamFavors: Will average a double
double and average 16 points a nightBurks: Will be 6th man of the year
averaging 18 a nightKanter will be a huge improvement over last year.Gobert will be an asset to the bench instead of a liabilityHood: 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
@goforitKevin 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).
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.
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
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
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
@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
So the description of Exum as the next Kobe Bryant but without the shot is
accurate, at least about the shooting.
Exum is the new Jordan
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.
@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
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.
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!!!
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
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.
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.