From opening night til the end of November the Jazz start out with an incredibly tough stretch. The Jazz will play 11 games against playoff teams and just 7 against non playoff teams from last year. They play 10 on the road and 8 at Energy Solutions Arena.
The weird part out of all this is out of their first 18 games of the season the Jazz will only play 12 different teams. Both games against the Chicago Bulls are done by November 25th. Two games against Oklahoma City will be in the books by November 24th. The same goes for Golden State and the New Orleans Pelicans by November 18th and 20th. Then throw in the three games the Jazz play against the Phoenix Suns by the end of November and it’s a lot of familiar opponents while the Jazz get acclimated.
The Jazz will see a lot of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, Steph Curry, Anthony Davis and the new head coach for the Suns Jeff Hornacek. Trey will be tested by the best night in and night out to start but also Favors and Kanter will see a lot of the best bigs in the game as well. The silver lining through all of these first games is other than Durant, Gordon Hayward should be able to have his way and show why he is the guy this year.
The only things that I believe need to happen in November for it to be a successful month barring wins and losses, is the leadership and undeniable aspect that Gordon Hayward is the leader and go to guy on the Jazz. If Hayward can establish that and at least start making teams prepare for him then Favors, Kanter and the other two can pick up and find their roles on this team. Should make for a very weird November.