Thoughts on 2017 Power Rankings from SBNation

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.

Topics: Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Gordon Hayward, Trey Burke, Utah Jazz

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  • fastfox1306

    The list was crap! Drummond was #3 I think, which is ludicrous! I’m not drinking from that kool-aid just yet! Hayward was way too low, as was Kanter. Favors depending on how his offensive game develops was about right I think. Also I think Burk and Burks may breakthrough too. BUt I’m just optimistic about that. I think Burks has the opportunity to be the best of our original core-four.

    • Josh Haslam

      Burks is such a wild card. He has HUGE potential and could be great but I could see him as the guy that never really accomplishes anything as well. Drummond #3 was crazy, I agree

  • NightyKnight13

    I started reading that list from #1 going backwards, thinking, “Where is Hayward going to be?” After several clicks back to previous pages, I started thinking, “Maybe I missed him…” Bottom line: yeah, Hayward was way too low. I’m not totally sold on Trey Burke yet, but I agree, he should be somewhere on this list.

  • T-Dub

    Let me first say that I am and have always been the biggest JAZZ fan ever. However, I think as fans most of you guys are giving Hayward way too much credit. Hayward has had plenty of chances to prove his worth in the starting line up and when those chances came, Hayward didn’t show up, he magically disappeared. I’m not saying that he deserves to be ranked 80th behind a lot of unproven rookies, but I am saying that I don’t think that he will be the go to scorer that most Utah Jazz think he will become. As far as Kanter goes unless he learns how to jump his rebounding stats are going to continue to go down, not to mention the guy plays defense just about as good as Jefferson does.
    I’m hoping that TB3 will adjust quickly and learn to lead this team, but I really see him as Mo Williams as a rookie. If I had to bet on it, I would say that Neto will become the Utah Jazz point guard of the future, the only thing wrong with Neto’s game is that he needs to learn how to shoot, other than that, I loved to watch him play in summer league.

    • Josh Haslam

      Hayward definitely will not be the go to scorer in the future but his overall game not many players match. His defense is great, passing and driving will be much better this year and his shooting percentages are solid.

      As for Kanter’s defense being bad I don’t see that at all. Maybe it is cause of Al that I think this, but Kanter’s defense was solid all year and he can hold his own.

      I definitely agree with you on Neto but there aren’t too many of us out there that think that. Plus Trey will get to cement the position in the next two years before Neto comes over.

  • Olivier Batiste

    That’s strange to see how people do not belive in Gordon’s potential. Here in France lots nba viewers believe that he is a good player but that he has no extra skills that can push him as a franchise player or even a top lieutenant.

    For my part I’ve always thought that it was stupid to put G.Hayward on the bench because he has everything to be a good starter, but more I see him play more i’m impressed with his defensive skills & vision of game.

    Kanter will prove that he is one of the best centers playing basketball nowadays, like P.Gasol did during the last years. He has great moves, he is built as a Titan, et can defend well.

    Raul & Trey are two good PGs. Trey has to practice a lot but it seems that he can become a mini Chris Paul, Neto is already playing in a very good championship.

    Look out for Rudy Gobert who is perfect to give Enes some rest for 10 or 12 minutes per game : I love this player & working with The Mailman is a big extra for this young guy.

    • Josh Haslam

      Very well said, love the insight