What do Earl Watson, Jamal Tinsley, Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, Jeremy Evans, Alec Burks, Enes Kanter and DeMarre Carroll have in common? They all come off the bench for the Jazz and call themselves the “Dog Pound.”
This came about because of the play by DeMarre Carroll (Junk yard dog) of always scrapping and clawing. Earl Watson (Pit Bull) has always been this type of player as well that really gets into your head and plays up in your face D. Gordon Hayward (Alaskan Malamute) is the silent assassin or as Steve Brown called him “The Baby Face Assassin,” for his ability to come from behind and block shots that the opponent doesn’t see coming. He also seems to get in players heads because the guy he is guarding seems to retaliate a lot more than what the public is seeing on TV or at the game (just ask Delonte West).
Derrick Favors (Great Dane) is long athletic and has the best leaping explosion of any Jazz player. Enes Kanter (Doberman Pincher) is big and doesn’t back down to anyone, not even Dwight Howard. Jamal Tinsley (Akita) is small but deadly as he runs the offense smoothly and is able to hold his own. Jeremy Evans (Cirneco Dell’Etna) is high flying and will jump over anything and anyone to get a block or throw down a jam. Alec Burks (Presa Canairo) is feisty, quick and can get to the rim at will.
This “Dog Pound” has the ability to really make or break the Jazz this season as they arguably play better than the starters more often than not. Too many games have consisted of little to no energy until the bench comes in and gives a spark to the starters. The difference? They never stop moving. Ever. How many times has DeMarre come up from behind and taken the ball away from the other team off a rebound? Or how many times does G Hay continually play lock down defense? What about Earls ability to get in passing lanes and take the ball away? Favors continuously blocks shot after shot protecting the rim and Kanter grabs board after board.
What team full court presses when they are up 30+ points for an entire quarter? The bench or “dog pound” is consistent and the reason the Jazz will make the playoffs and give every team a scare. The Jazz are so deep that if they trade or don’t trade it doesn’t really matter. The thing that matters is the bench continues to play like this and the starters learn to.