You’ve got to adapt to the players that you have — maybe a little more pick-and-roll, perimeter-oriented stuff,”- Gordon Hayward – Cited from Deseret News
The last few years the Jazz have had Al Jefferson who is probably the most gifted big man when it comes to the offensive end. The problem was the Jazz had to completely change their offense to accommodate him which hurt the overall team. The Jazz played inside out which as we saw two years ago you need three point shooters to make that work.
Before Al and Mo(and Devin), the Jazz were the prototypical team for the pick and roll. When people talked about the Jazz they knew they had a point guard and power forward that would control the game. The Jazz have Trey Burke now that ran the pick and roll at Michigan over and over again. He knows what to do.
Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward ran the pick and roll beautifully last year but a very limited number of times. This year expect Favors and Kanter to be a big part of the Jazz transforming back to the pick and roll game where they excelled for so many years at.
We still have Fav and Enes (Kanter) down low. They’re still big bodies that can move people and make good moves and create stuff for other people,” Hayward added. “I’m not going to say the offense is going to change a lot, but there will probably be some differences.”- Cited from Deseret News
One thing is for sure and that is the Jazz will not be stagnant on offense like the past two years. A lot of cutting, slashing and pick-and-rolls should be what is expected, so in other words Jazz basketball is back!
Here are the two games the Jazz played without Al last year (notice the difference in our passing and scoring!!):