Comments on: Three X Factors for the ’13-14 Jazz http://saltcityhoops.com/three-x-factors-for-the-13-14-jazz/ The ESPN TrueHoop Utah Jazz Site Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:21:29 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Dallan Forsyth http://saltcityhoops.com/three-x-factors-for-the-13-14-jazz/#comment-9060 Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:43:45 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=7200#comment-9060 Um.. I never said bench Al and never play him. But could he have lost 10 minutes and we would have been a better team? Yes.

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By: Clint Johnson http://saltcityhoops.com/three-x-factors-for-the-13-14-jazz/#comment-8892 Sun, 28 Jul 2013 16:49:15 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=7200#comment-8892 I believe Favors has the greatest ability to be a difference maker. While I agree he is already defensively elite, there is a huge ability for him to create or cost wins through his offense and fouling. I haven’t given up the belief that he can become a good post scorer, at least as good as Dwight Howard (especially if he shoots free throws respectably, which he should). And his ability to defend at his best without fouling will determine whether he controls the game defensively or only influences it in fits and starts.

A Derrick Favors who serves as a solid first option in the post and controls the game defensively for 34+ minutes a game will result in a lot of wins.

A Derrick Favors who gets his points off of the perimeter work of Gordon Hayward and Trey Burke and spends a lot of time either playing cautiously on defense or sitting on the bench with foul trouble will mean a lot of losses.

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By: Ben http://saltcityhoops.com/three-x-factors-for-the-13-14-jazz/#comment-8856 Sun, 28 Jul 2013 01:11:46 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=7200#comment-8856 Are we, as Jazz fans, really expecting Hayward to make a leap? Doesn’t it kind of seem like 5-8 WS is just “who this guy is?” I’m all about tempered expectations. I would have gone even farther than you did in your section on Hayward; I’d have predicted, “Gordon Hayward will probably never be an All-Star; deal with it.”

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By: Justin http://saltcityhoops.com/three-x-factors-for-the-13-14-jazz/#comment-8825 Sat, 27 Jul 2013 16:25:37 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=7200#comment-8825 “I’ve been really disappointed in Evans development and his work ethic” – Pardon but what clue in the universe do you have regarding Jeremy Evans work ethic?

“It is not his fault his coach valued low efficiency offense and horrible defense in favor of him” – Yeah, like the darkside of Jazz Nation would not have called Corbin a moron for benching Al Jefferson and like we would ever attract any free agent again if Corbin had. I love my Jazz but dang if there aint a lot of “fans” who whine just to whine.

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By: JT's Hoops Blog http://saltcityhoops.com/three-x-factors-for-the-13-14-jazz/#comment-8793 Sat, 27 Jul 2013 04:34:59 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=7200#comment-8793 I’m just happy to finally see Kanter, Hayward and Favors play without anyone in their way. I can see a future Bird/McHale/Parish combo arising.

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By: Geoff http://saltcityhoops.com/three-x-factors-for-the-13-14-jazz/#comment-8774 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 23:10:07 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=7200#comment-8774 Good article. I predict Kanter has a great offensive year, I wouldnt be surprised to see him hover around the 20 ppg mark all year. Im not sure what Favors has shown fans to make them think he should be our #1 post option this year. Frankly I would be surprised to see his per 36 numbers improve here. He’s a beast on d and I love him, but I think Kanter has shown much more offensive “potential”.

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By: Dan Clayton http://saltcityhoops.com/three-x-factors-for-the-13-14-jazz/#comment-8765 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:27:43 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=7200#comment-8765 I think you missed the point, as I’m not talking about overall quality of players. I’m talking about the range of reasonable expectations for their 2013-14 performance. In other words, I’m not saying unequivocally that Hayward is “as good as he’s going to get”; I’m saying there’s a chance he’s as good as he’s going to get and there’s a chance he plays at a near All-star level, and the difference between those two probably is what determines if the Jazz win 20 games or 35 games.

Same with Burke – the difference between his best case (ROY winner, Lillard-type immediate impact) and worst case (undersized guy who struggles to transition into the league) represents a serious W/L difference for the Jazz. And for Marv, I could see him contributing 0 wins to the Jazz total or I could see him revitalizing himself in a way many thought would happen last year.

One final thing: it was Favors whose impact I said is undervalued, not Kanter’s.

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By: T. http://saltcityhoops.com/three-x-factors-for-the-13-14-jazz/#comment-8764 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:20:43 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=7200#comment-8764 I don’t think Kanter has been undervalued at all. Did you see him being eaten alive by Carlos Boozer, because he was afraid to be physical with Boozer. If Kanter needs to improve anything it’s his defense, otherwise he will be another Al Jefferson and we all know how that story ends.

Also, I think this article is off base a little bit, the author was correct regarding Hayward, I’m not knocking Hayward, but I think he’s as good as he’s going to get and will never be a number one scorer and if that’s who the Jazz are expecting him to be next year, then there won’t be very man W’s in their future next season. The two spot is where the Jazz need the most help. I was actually hoping the Jazz would’ve gone after Danny Granger after drafting TB3, and put Hayward at the two and Granger at the three or vice versa. Hopefully Ian Clark or Brandon Rush can stabilize that position and become go to scorers for the Jazz aside from Hayward.

I’ve been really disappointed in Evans development and his work ethic and I don’t think he will be anything more than a tall kid/man who can jump high and dunk a basketball, but not much more. If Gobert can develop some offensive moves and some weight, he’s going to be an awesome.

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By: Dan Clayton http://saltcityhoops.com/three-x-factors-for-the-13-14-jazz/#comment-8758 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 18:22:12 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=7200#comment-8758 I actually didn’t say much at all about his “value”… just commenting on his variance. The difference between his worst/best case this year is probably pretty narrow. If he takes his per-15 production and spreads it across 30+ mpg, he’ll be an elite big man already.

As far as having seen him “dominate the best centers in the league,” you’re just flat wrong there. The Jazz have closely limited the minutes he plays against first-tier dudes.

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By: Dallan Forsyth http://saltcityhoops.com/three-x-factors-for-the-13-14-jazz/#comment-8757 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 18:07:13 +0000 http://saltcityhoops.com/?p=7200#comment-8757 I think you are underestimating Kanter’s value. We have seen him play well and frankly dominate the best Centers in the league. It is not his fault his coach valued low efficiency offense and horrible defense in favor of him. We have seen him against Bynum, Howard, Perkins and Ibaka and some of the other young bigs in the league. He has not had a problem with anyone and if he does he adjusts quickly

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