SB Nation just did the top 100 players in the NBA for 2017. (You can see the list here)
In that future ranking the current Jazz players were ranked 27th (Favors), 52nd (Kanter) and 80th (Hayward). First to have three players in the top 100 means the Jazz are going to be competing in the West for sure. However, a few things definitely stuck out to me.
1. Hayward is WAYYYYY too low.
Hayward is the Jazz’s best player right now and although I’m at least glad he is in the top 100, 80 just doesn’t seem right. Again I compare Paul George and Hayward not only because they were drafted 9 and 10 back in 2010 but because their numbers are almost identical per 36. Paul George is ranked by SB Nation as 13th best. 13th compared to 80th is a huge difference in player ability. I think both players are all-stars and Hayward has just as much desire and talent to be as good or better than George. So although George is better right now I have a feeling if these rankings are done over again at the end of the year that Hayward will be much higher and a lot closer to George than where they currently sit.
2. No Trey Burke
The Jazz are hoping they got the best point guard in this draft but according to this ranking he’s not. Ahead of him is Dennis Schroeder, in fact he’s the only point guard from this draft that made the list. Marcus Smart who was projected just in front of Trey Burke in this draft before dropping out made the list as well. At least 10+ guys from this draft or future drafts made the list meaning they don’t believe in Burke which is fine but not what Jazz fans are hoping for from their rookie out of Michigan.
3. Kanter and Favors should flip spots
Kanter at 52 and Favors at 27 are solid positions for these two but in my mind Kanter is gonna be the better player out of the two probably even starting this year. In fact I would go so far as to say Kanter will be a top 15 player in the NBA in 4 years. Laugh all you want but tell me what big man will be better in 4 years? Drummond, Cousins, and… ? Kanter has the potential to jump them as well and those two are 3rd and 22nd on the list.
4. Did I mention Hayward is 80?
Bradley Beal, Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson, Kawai Leonard, Victor Oladipo, Eric Gordan, Tyreke Evans, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Jeremy Lamb, Jimmy Butler, Dion Waiters, Ben McLemore, Avery Bradley and Giannis Antetokounmpo are all ahead of Hayward. I’d take Hayward over every one of these guys and I think everyone that made the list will too 2 months into this next season. Geez what an insult to Hayward to have him 67 spots behind George a player who got 38 minutes a game compared to 28 and they average the same per 36. Hayward will blow those numbers out this year too which leaves me to believe that if they think PG is that high then Hayward has the potential to be a top 10 player in this league.
All in all the Jazz have a bright future and guessing the future can be a very hard thing to do so looking back in 4 years at this list probably won’t even be close to which players actually stand up and compete.