Utah Jazz: No. 1 Top Jazz Player, Al Jefferson

No. 1

Al Jefferson – 13.04


Big Al takes his place at the top of the roster with a 13.04 rating.

The Lou-easy.

Big Al.

Al Jefferson.

Al Jefferson averaged 18.6 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, 1.8 assists, and 0.6 steals per game for the Utah Jazz in 2010-11. Between his hooks, jumpers, turnarounds, “lou-easy’s”, thunderous dunks, and playing all 82 games in the season, Big Al turned out to be a great acquisition by the Jazz.

Without Al Jefferson, the Utah Jazz would have been far worse throughout the season–he won games, it’s that simple. Jefferson is a franchise player; the offense runs through him. Which, of course, some fans don’t particularly like.

Some fans would even go as far as to say that we need to trade our best player. For who? might I ask.

Andre Iguodala? No, Al Jefferson is too valuable at his position to give away for an overrated guard who averaged a measly 14.1 points per game in 2010-11.

Danny Granger? Nah. The Pacers don’t need another center.

Dwight Howard? (Suppresses laughter) Good luck with that.

The simple and obvious truth is that Big Al is here to stay. It’s the smartest option. The Jazz already traded a marquee player for half his true worth, I highly doubt they would do that again.

There are other options for Utah in the trade market, and almost all of them don’t involve Jefferson. Paul Millsap, Mehmet Okur, and Devin Harris are supposedly up-for-grabs as well. There will be a trade the Jazz make to dissolve their crowded frontcourt, I can guarantee that.

And, on that note, we have sadly finished our Utah Jazz player rankings.

Here’s the complete list:

1. Al Jefferson
2. Paul Millsap
3. Devin Harris
4. Mehmet Okur
5. Andrei Kirilenko
6. C.J. Miles
7. Derrick Favors
8. Raja Bell
9. Earl Watson
10. Gordon Hayward
11. Jeremy Evans
12. Ronnie Price
13. Francisco Elson
14. Kyrylo Fesenko

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  • Stockton

    For the most part these are really well done. However shouldn’t the Jazz “best” player be in a Jazz uniform in the photo pronouncing him the best player?

    I’m not sure in what universe Raja Bell and Earl Watson rank ahead of Gordon Hayward. But once Hayward started getting the minutes he deserved he demonstrated his versatile skill set which is really uncomparable to any other Jazzman in team history. (go watch the highlights of the 2 Lakers games and the Nuggets game if you need a refresher)

    He shoots like Horny but he’s a legit 6’8. He’s a very underrated athlete like former athletic Jazz small forwards however he is a much better passer, ball handler, defender, rebounder and shooter than any Jazz small forward. He’s an Andrei Kirilenko except he can shoot and he actually plays with passion. Kirilenko only plays with that type of passion when he’s playing for the Russian National Team.

    The only explanation for Memo at 4 is he’s your favorite Jazz player of all-time. He hasn’t played for the better part of 18 months, and even at his best he was a defensively limited marginal rebounder who’s biggest strength was his outside shot. Yes he’s a good player, or at least he was 3 or 4 years ago but he’s not in the top 5 and it’s not even debatable or close.

    Kirilenko technically isn’t a member of the Jazz but I understand him being on the list. If he played with the same type of energy night in and night out for the Jazz that he does for his national team then he’s arguably #1 overall. The best thing he has going for him is his max contract is finally no longer a burden on the Jazz financially.

    I agree with your top 3 then I would put Hayward and Favors in the 4 and 5 slot. They are two of the Jazz future All-Star trio, I believe Alec Burks will develop into the 3rd member giving the Jazz as good of a trio as any team in the NBA. Yes you may think I’m a homer, I am, but Favors has Dwight Howard size and athleticism, however he’s got an outside shot that Howard doesn’t have and he’s already got better low post moves at his age than Howard did.

    Burks me a lot of Dwayne Wade. He’s a long 6 ft 5 he has a developing perimeter game but he gives the Jazz something they have really never had, someone who can create and get his own shot anytime he wants. I really hope he doesn’t sit on the bench and watch Raja play and stink it up, cause If given the opportunity to play I really think Burks can develop quickly giving the Jazz a trio that is as good as any trio in the NBA and yes it may take a couple of years but they will be right up there with the Heat trio.

    I haven’t been this excited about a Jazz team in a long time. They are young, long , athletic and deep, unfortunately it looks like it may be a while before we get to see them play.

  • Stockton

    For the most part these are really well done. However shouldn’t the Jazz “best” player be in a Jazz uniform in the photo pronouncing him the best player?

    I’m not sure in what universe Raja Bell and Earl Watson rank ahead of Gordon Hayward. But once Hayward started getting the minutes he deserved he demonstrated his versatile skill set which is really uncomparable to any other Jazzman in team history. (go watch the highlights of the 2 Lakers games and the Nuggets game if you need a refresher)

    He shoots like Horny but he’s a legit 6’8. He’s a very underrated athlete like former athletic Jazz small forwards however he is a much better passer, ball handler, defender, rebounder and shooter than any Jazz small forward. He’s an Andrei Kirilenko except he can shoot and he actually plays with passion. Kirilenko only plays with that type of passion when he’s playing for the Russian National Team.

    The only explanation for Memo at 4 is he’s your favorite Jazz player of all-time. He hasn’t played for the better part of 18 months, and even at his best he was a defensively limited marginal rebounder who’s biggest strength was his outside shot. Yes he’s a good player, or at least he was 3 or 4 years ago but he’s not in the top 5 and it’s not even debatable or close.

    Kirilenko technically isn’t a member of the Jazz but I understand him being on the list. If he played with the same type of energy night in and night out for the Jazz that he does for his national team then he’s arguably #1 overall. The best thing he has going for him is his max contract is finally no longer a burden on the Jazz financially.

    I agree with your top 3 then I would put Hayward and Favors in the 4 and 5 slot. They are two of the Jazz future All-Star trio, I believe Alec Burks will develop into the 3rd member giving the Jazz as good of a trio as any team in the NBA. Yes you may think I’m a homer, I am, but Favors has Dwight Howard size and athleticism, however he’s got an outside shot that Howard doesn’t have and he’s already got better low post moves at his age than Howard did.

    Burks me a lot of Dwayne Wade. He’s a long 6 ft 5 he has a developing perimeter game but he gives the Jazz something they have really never had, someone who can create and get his own shot anytime he wants. I really hope he doesn’t sit on the bench and watch Raja play and stink it up, cause If given the opportunity to play I really think Burks can develop quickly giving the Jazz a trio that is as good as any trio in the NBA and yes it may take a couple of years but they will be right up there with the Heat trio.

    I haven’t been this excited about a Jazz team in a long time. They are young, long , athletic and deep, unfortunately it looks like it may be a while before we get to see them play.

  • Stockton

    For the most part these are really well done. However shouldn’t the Jazz “best” player be in a Jazz uniform in the photo pronouncing him the best player?

    I’m not sure in what universe Raja Bell and Earl Watson rank ahead of Gordon Hayward. But once Hayward started getting the minutes he deserved he demonstrated his versatile skill set which is really uncomparable to any other Jazzman in team history. (go watch the highlights of the 2 Lakers games and the Nuggets game if you need a refresher)

    He shoots like Horny but he’s a legit 6’8. He’s a very underrated athlete like former athletic Jazz small forwards however he is a much better passer, ball handler, defender, rebounder and shooter than any Jazz small forward. He’s an Andrei Kirilenko except he can shoot and he actually plays with passion. Kirilenko only plays with that type of passion when he’s playing for the Russian National Team.

    The only explanation for Memo at 4 is he’s your favorite Jazz player of all-time. He hasn’t played for the better part of 18 months, and even at his best he was a defensively limited marginal rebounder who’s biggest strength was his outside shot. Yes he’s a good player, or at least he was 3 or 4 years ago but he’s not in the top 5 and it’s not even debatable or close.

    Kirilenko technically isn’t a member of the Jazz but I understand him being on the list. If he played with the same type of energy night in and night out for the Jazz that he does for his national team then he’s arguably #1 overall. The best thing he has going for him is his max contract is finally no longer a burden on the Jazz financially.

    I agree with your top 3 then I would put Hayward and Favors in the 4 and 5 slot. They are two of the Jazz future All-Star trio, I believe Alec Burks will develop into the 3rd member giving the Jazz as good of a trio as any team in the NBA. Yes you may think I’m a homer, I am, but Favors has Dwight Howard size and athleticism, however he’s got an outside shot that Howard doesn’t have and he’s already got better low post moves at his age than Howard did.

    Burks me a lot of Dwayne Wade. He’s a long 6 ft 5 he has a developing perimeter game but he gives the Jazz something they have really never had, someone who can create and get his own shot anytime he wants. I really hope he doesn’t sit on the bench and watch Raja play and stink it up, cause If given the opportunity to play I really think Burks can develop quickly giving the Jazz a trio that is as good as any trio in the NBA and yes it may take a couple of years but they will be right up there with the Heat trio.

    I haven’t been this excited about a Jazz team in a long time. They are young, long , athletic and deep, unfortunately it looks like it may be a while before we get to see them play.