Comments for Salt City Hoops http://saltcityhoops.com The ESPN TrueHoop Utah Jazz Site Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:04:08 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Comment on Utah Jazz Frontcourt: Three-Headed Monster? by Ben Dowsett http://saltcityhoops.com/utah-jazz-frontcourt-three-headed-monster/#comment-94956 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:04:08 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12848#comment-94956 You’re certainly right about Pop splitting up Duncan and Splitter, which is part of why I think Kanter is still an intriguing piece. All the buzz is that he’ll be shooting at least corner 3’s this year, and I think the new staff won’t be shy about letting him fire away if he’s effective. I guess answering your question there would require defining “successfully” since the Spurs are a bit of a high bar, but there are certainly other teams both presently and in recent years who have made similar systems work by tailoring to their bigs’ strengths – think the Clippers a couple years ago before Blake could shoot at all.

With certain obvious exceptions and limitations, I shy away from capping the amount of a certain skill a team can have within a successful roster. Down the line, as long as a Favors-Gobert combination isn’t outright unplayable offensively, they can free each other up a bunch defensively given that they have somewhat different skill sets outside their rim protection (an area where honestly, as I’ve discussed before, Favors has yet to prove his elite status on an NBA level – I expect him to improve greatly in this area this year). Still so much to see this year, so calling any of this stuff is far too early, of course.

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Comment on Utah Jazz Frontcourt: Three-Headed Monster? by Ben Dowsett http://saltcityhoops.com/utah-jazz-frontcourt-three-headed-monster/#comment-94955 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:44:42 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12848#comment-94955 I’d caution against reading so much into summer play as to declare Gobert ready to start at center in the NBA. The Jazz also see Favors as a center, and while I don’t fully agree, there’s no doubt he’s the far more capable NBA big at the moment, to the point where which position each is playing will be somewhat irrelevant.

I’d also caution against expecting too much from Motum, though he could be a fun piece. A trade of Burke or Kanter isn’t out of the question, but at this point it’s very hard to imagine the Jazz punting recent lottery picks just to make more lottery picks. If either of those players are moved, I’d assume it would be for a package that gets the team closer to contention on a more immediate timeline.

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Comment on Utah Jazz Frontcourt: Three-Headed Monster? by Powertaijicoach http://saltcityhoops.com/utah-jazz-frontcourt-three-headed-monster/#comment-94954 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:28:33 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12848#comment-94954 Based on what we’ve seen in the Summer League and FIBA, Rudy is ready to start at Center position with either Favors or Kanter as Power Forward – their natural position to be subbed be Brock Motum and Trevor Booker and Jeremy Evans;

Hayward as our starting Small Forward (Rodney Hood and Steve Novak to follow);

Alec Burks as our starting Shooting Guard (Ian Clark, Kevin Murphy, and Carrick Felix to follow);

Trey Burke as our starting Point Guard (Dante Exum, Toure Murry, and Dee Bost to follow.

There is a possibility to Trey Burke and/or Kanter will be traded for a 2015 First Round pick(s) and that will be great for the Jazz Team. That will allow us to develop Brock Motum as a Stretch 4 and early PG development of Dante Exum.

Go Jazz!

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Comment on Utah Jazz Frontcourt: Three-Headed Monster? by Powertaijicoach http://saltcityhoops.com/utah-jazz-frontcourt-three-headed-monster/#comment-94953 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 03:59:16 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12848#comment-94953 That’s where 6’10” Australian Brock Motum and/or Jack Cooley comes in :)

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Comment on Utah Jazz Frontcourt: Three-Headed Monster? by Clever name here http://saltcityhoops.com/utah-jazz-frontcourt-three-headed-monster/#comment-94952 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:06:12 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12848#comment-94952 I’m not sure that the Gobert-Favors pairing would work without one of them getting a mid/long-range game. Pop has to (I haven’t looked at the numbers; sorry if I’m exaggerating the severity) split the Splitter-Duncan combo against good defenses specifically because of the spacing problem. Plus, two rim protectors seems redundant; most teams seem to only rely on one. And Gobert’s defensive numbers are so good I’m not sure I’m not sure he needs additional help under the rim, particularly if it’ll gimp the offense. Is there any team that runs a combo like this successfully besides SA?

I’m really, really, really hoping that Kanter manages to get the three ball people keep talking about. That’d fix the spacing problems and F or G could cover his defensive liabilities. If not, I think Utah’s got to go get themselves another stretch-4.

Good piece though; well thought out even if I don’t agree with everything.

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Comment on Utah Jazz Frontcourt: Three-Headed Monster? by Ben Dowsett http://saltcityhoops.com/utah-jazz-frontcourt-three-headed-monster/#comment-94951 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:39:36 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12848#comment-94951 There’s certainly no ruling out a resurgent year for Kanter given some of the changes around him and another year of development. Al is a great example of what can happen when a limited defensive player is coached toward their strengths rather than forced into a box they don’t fit inside. And certainly, Gobert has plenty of proving left to do on the NBA level regardless of his performance over the summer.

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Comment on Utah Jazz Frontcourt: Three-Headed Monster? by Ben Dowsett http://saltcityhoops.com/utah-jazz-frontcourt-three-headed-monster/#comment-94950 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:37:25 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12848#comment-94950 At this point I see very few ways Kanter will be re-signed before the RFA deadline. I also don’t think a 2-year deal is likely, as Kanter’s representatives view him as a valued asset and, due to his draft position and pedigree, will push for a long-term deal. A trade is certainly possible, and an avenue I think the Jazz will have to explore, especially if Favors and Gobert have any immediate success together on the NBA court.

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Comment on Utah Jazz Frontcourt: Three-Headed Monster? by Ben Dowsett http://saltcityhoops.com/utah-jazz-frontcourt-three-headed-monster/#comment-94949 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:34:54 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12848#comment-94949 Thanks for reading. Kanter really is a super-intriguing name, both in terms of his potential ceiling and the way he’s viewed around the league. Evans I’m unfortunately not as sold on – he just doesn’t seem to be consistent enough and really lacks one or two elite skills. I see the Jazz drafting a big next year as highly likely also, making any room for Evans even tighter.

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Comment on Utah Jazz Frontcourt: Three-Headed Monster? by Mewko http://saltcityhoops.com/utah-jazz-frontcourt-three-headed-monster/#comment-94948 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:30:05 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12848#comment-94948 Great piece ben. Rudy Gobert will have to continue to impress, at the NBA level. I bet the Jazz front office isn’t completely sold on Gobert as a long-term NBA starter. I want to see him work like crazy on his offense. Unless he turns into a poor-man’s DeAndre Jordan, and isn’t a turnover liability at all, than I think Kanter will be getting the starter minutes. Don’t sleep on Kanter this year, he has confidence he can play with Favors, and will have better coaching/development. We saw what happened to Big Al Jefferson’s defense in Charlotte, and know that kind of improvement is possible for Kanter.

If I was in the Jazz front office, I would be heavily encouraging the players to set goals and improve on both ends of the floor. We need two-way players to win in this league.

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Comment on Where Are They Now? Former Utah Jazz Players by David J Smith http://saltcityhoops.com/where-are-they-now-former-utah-jazz-players/#comment-94947 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:13:30 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=12782#comment-94947 Jace, great catch! Definitely just a typo…

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