Comments on: Off-season Decisions for the Utah Jazz – Part 1 of 4 http://saltcityhoops.com/off-season-decisions-for-the-utah-jazz-part-1-of-4/ The ESPN TrueHoop Utah Jazz Site Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:05:32 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Tom Bibber http://saltcityhoops.com/off-season-decisions-for-the-utah-jazz-part-1-of-4/#comment-778 Wed, 11 May 2011 17:02:06 +0000 http://www.saltcityhoops.com/?p=3943#comment-778 I think that the Jazz have the young foundation that they need…but they do need to keep the experience around to help the young ones learn.

It seems we are at a point where we are changing the dominant teams in the conference…hopefully the preemptive moves by KOC and management make it so we bounce back faster than LAL, SAN, etc

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By: Obama http://saltcityhoops.com/off-season-decisions-for-the-utah-jazz-part-1-of-4/#comment-777 Mon, 09 May 2011 15:46:37 +0000 http://www.saltcityhoops.com/?p=3943#comment-777 In a perfect world Kirilenko would agree to a 1-year $3 million contract each year from now. Hopefully he likes Utah enough that that’s possible.
Gordon Hayward reminds me of Steve Nash–especially the look on his face when he’s driving through the lane.

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By: zach http://saltcityhoops.com/off-season-decisions-for-the-utah-jazz-part-1-of-4/#comment-776 Mon, 09 May 2011 03:44:20 +0000 http://www.saltcityhoops.com/?p=3943#comment-776 I’m excited to see this core develop! I agree with todd, we will need favors and hayward to develop into better players than matthews and horford or we could be staring that decade long rebuilding slump that seemingly every team besides san antonio, LA and the Jazz have gone through in the face! However, with their draft picks over the next couple years and money finally coming off the books I think they will be able to add some key pieces and we’ll be a perennial playoff team again!

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By: Dave S http://saltcityhoops.com/off-season-decisions-for-the-utah-jazz-part-1-of-4/#comment-775 Sat, 07 May 2011 20:33:01 +0000 http://www.saltcityhoops.com/?p=3943#comment-775 Another great read, these articles are an excellent idea, they will become even more interesting as we go through as the decisions will get tougher. Thanks.

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By: Kevin http://saltcityhoops.com/off-season-decisions-for-the-utah-jazz-part-1-of-4/#comment-774 Sat, 07 May 2011 16:43:55 +0000 http://www.saltcityhoops.com/?p=3943#comment-774 Obviously, my favorite part of this article is the picture of Gordon Hayward. But I am very anxious and excited to see what the Jazz’ future is going to be like after reading this article. Should be interesting with A.K.’s contract ending and the draft opportunities that we have in the coming draft what moves will be made. As for the youthful group that we already have, its a breath of fresh air to see some freakish athletes running around in Jazz uniforms! LETS GO!

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By: DragonZ http://saltcityhoops.com/off-season-decisions-for-the-utah-jazz-part-1-of-4/#comment-773 Sat, 07 May 2011 09:40:50 +0000 http://www.saltcityhoops.com/?p=3943#comment-773 I see a very bright future for the Jazz with the mixture of young talent we currently have, established veterans, and future draft picks.

The one thing we all need to keep in mind with KOC about the draft picks is this: looking back over the past 30 years, there are really very, very few players drafted above pick 10 that develop into even average bench players. I reviewed this site (see link below) for who was drafted where, and was actually surprised by how well we’ve done in comparison to most teams during that period. With that said, based on the way they have picked in the second round, I think that KOC will do a very good job of picking some good players with high draft picks, so I’m very optimistic. Anything outside the lottery (and even outside of the top 2-3 picks most years) is a total crap shoot every year, and you really only know in hindsight who turned out to be an NBA player or not.

http://www.mynbadraft.com/NBA-Draft-Results

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By: toddam http://saltcityhoops.com/off-season-decisions-for-the-utah-jazz-part-1-of-4/#comment-772 Sat, 07 May 2011 05:03:16 +0000 http://www.saltcityhoops.com/?p=3943#comment-772 I agree that the Jazz list of untouchables is short and most likely is only Hayward and Favors, but I hope the likely outcome of what type of players they become is higher than suggested here. If we really think the likely outcome is Hayward = Matthews and Favors = Horford, than what is our plan because that is not a core that you can build around in the West. Don’t get me wrong I really miss Matthews and think he’s a heck of a player, but if you really want to compete for a championship Matthews and Horford have to be role players, not the only untouchables on the team. So lets hope we have a really good draft. I think Memphis has given teams like ours hope and that opens the door for people to say “you can compete for a championship with a bunch of guys who work hard and play together” but Memphis is the outlier in this situation and every other example shows that you have to have some all-star talent to build around to make a run deep into the playoffs. So hopefully the front office is either expecting Hayward and Favors to become all-stars or they have something else up their sleeves. That being said, I think as die hard Jazz fans we should probably follow the lead suggested in this post and say we expect Hayward to become a Matthews type player or Favors a Horford because we are much more prone to get our hopes up only to have them dashed by a long drawn out process with little progress. (See, Fez, Koof, etc…).

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By: r. benz http://saltcityhoops.com/off-season-decisions-for-the-utah-jazz-part-1-of-4/#comment-771 Fri, 06 May 2011 18:51:16 +0000 http://www.saltcityhoops.com/?p=3943#comment-771 Good read.

I think the common denominator with these three players is selflessness. They all work extremely hard and any of them will sacrifice their own best interests for the good of the team. If they can keep that mindset (big if), and not get big-headed and egocentric, the Jazz are going to be perennial playoff contenders with this bunch.

I think a player like Deron Williams used selfish motivation to drive him to success. Maybe not at first, but that’s what it turned in to. When it was all said and done, he cared more about himself, his stats, his image, etc. than about the team and winning as a team. That type of player is hard for (some) other players to follow. No one in the world would have a problem following John Stockton into the playoffs.

I’m excited.

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By: UnofficialReview http://saltcityhoops.com/off-season-decisions-for-the-utah-jazz-part-1-of-4/#comment-770 Fri, 06 May 2011 18:28:21 +0000 http://www.saltcityhoops.com/?p=3943#comment-770 Nice analysis. I really like this young core of guys. I really hope they develop strong chemistry. Depending on how this year’s draft goes, we may have a really strong foundation moving forward. If follow the Sam Presti model for rebuilding, we may be able to be relevant again in just a couple of years. I still think we lack an All-Star caliber player. I love the idea of having 2004 Pistons-like team, although 4 of them ended up All-Stars. I’m optimistic though. GO JAZZ!

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By: u2despain http://saltcityhoops.com/off-season-decisions-for-the-utah-jazz-part-1-of-4/#comment-769 Fri, 06 May 2011 18:16:40 +0000 http://www.saltcityhoops.com/?p=3943#comment-769 The thing I like most about these 3 players is that they play on both sides of the floor. Since Stockton and Malone left we have run into several players that were either offensive or defensive minded players. This group of players do both very well. I look forward to seeing what these guys develop over the off-season.

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