Watching Memphis play OKC has really brought a 90’s feel back to the NBA. They have brute force mixed with put your head down and drive basketball. They aren’t flashy but they get the job done. Looking at the Jazz they are very similar in their style but lacked the starters that couldn’t stop really anyone.
Insert Enes Kanter who’s style is very close to Zach Randolph and Derrick Favors who could be defensive player of the year like Marc Gasol one day and viola you have a front court! Hayward plays a lot like Tayshaun Prince with a lot more upside. He plays defense and can shoot the jumper with consistency. The difference is G Hay’s ability to attack the rim and draw the foul.
Next making up Tony Allen is interesting since he is a very good player on defense and makes the extra plays to help a team win. Alec Burks defense is very underrated and he will only get better as he gets more experience. They both rebound well for the shooting guard position and both are known for lacking in shooting. However, if the second half the season is any indication of the future then Alec will be just fine when it comes to shooting. He was clutch and consistently hit the 3 when Al passed the ball out of getting doubled. Plus Alec has one of the best abilities of getting to the line or flipping in crazy layups.
The area which will be hardest to make up is the point guard position. Mike Conley has to be the most underrated point guard in the entire NBA. He plays tough defense, hits shots and runs their offense almost flawlessly. He has great vision and can get to the hoop as well or better than any other point in the league. Currently the Jazz have zero point guards under contract and need to find their guy through the draft or through free agency. I don’t see the Jazz getting any guy in the draft that will be a starter at point guard any time soon. More than likely it will need to come from free agency, and unless Jose Calderon or Jarrett Jack is that guy, expect the Jazz to have another year of missing out on the playoffs or being able to compete with the elite teams in the West.
Just to be clear the Jazz are not even close to being on the same level as the Grizzlies but they do have the players with the potential needed to get there possibly in the next couple years.