Oct 23, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) and small forward Richard Jefferson (24) go for a rebound during the preseason NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz: What We Know Now

After watching and listening to 7 Jazz preseason games I’m starting to get a little feel of what this team is about.  It’s still preseason and we still can’t look into too much (ie Marvin shooting lights out last preseason), but we can look at tendencies.  Here are a few things I’ve noticed:

  • Hayward wants the ball in his hands and he is trying really hard to be the guy.  He has forced a lot of (bad) shots but ultimately he will get a hang of what he needs to do to help the team win.
  • Hayward also has a handful of new moves, a quicker release on his three ball and a higher interest to drive and dish.
  • Favors has moves that we’ve seen before a time or two but they are more polished now.   Every game his patience and timing have been getting better and he is letting the game come to him.
  • Favors is leading the league in rebounding during the preseason with 11.9 a game in …. (gasp) only 26 minutes of play per outing.
  • John Lucas is NOT a starting point guard and will not play more than 20 minutes on any night once Burke is back.
  • Richard Jefferson still has it.  He’s a great veteran to have on this team and to compliment Hayward on the wings.
  • Free throw shooting is really really bad.  How bad you ask?  The best guy on the team is shooting just 75%. Awful
  • The offense has been what the media has thought it would be, but I think as the year progresses the Jazz get much better at putting the ball in the hoop.
  • When guys that will actually make this team play, the team competes at a high level (minus the Clippers home game).
  • Kanter doesn’t seem right.  He’s been great at getting points and his stats look great for the most part but he looks lost and awkward at times.
  • Burks is struggling to hit a jumper and that is not a good sign with Rush coming back soon looking for minutes.
  • The defense will keep the Jazz in most games.
  • Ty Corbin looks more comfortable this year and I think it will be better for him even without as many wins.
  • Gobert is long.. How many times have I heard or said that already?!
  • Trey is needed and hopefully is back in the middle of November.
  • Boler hates Harpring or at least loves ripping into him every chance he gets.

What have you noticed? Leave your thoughts below.

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  • Olivier Batiste

    I have noticed that Jazz are really good at rebounds & blocks. That’s important to be dominant in the paint BUT their awful shots on the free throw line ruined it sometimes.

    The Jazz play quicker & better than last season, it seems that they like to run and have fun : that’s new for the Jazz where it was a bit boring last seasons.
    Ian Clark is a great basketball player, can make some 3pts shoots, and also can contribute with assists.
    The team will clearly be better with Rush, Williams, Burke back. But it seems that a true team was born during these preseason games.
    Gobert might be interesting as a Kanter’s backup, even better than Biedrins.
    This team lacks a true killer on the court when the game becomes tough : Hayward is trying but he looked more like a perfect lieutenant than a team leader.

    If the Jazz continue to rebuild like this (young players with talent & experienced players who trie to comeback) and win good drat picks they should be a top western team within 2 years.

    • Josh Haslam


  • PastyRasta

    I think you were being kind to Kanter he looks lost on defense, just watched the Clippers game again and the guy he was guarding got dunks 3 times in the first 5 possessions, which led to Ty pulling him and putting in Gobert. His inexperience has really been exposed but it’s still the pre-season so hopefully he can turn it around. He did most of his damage last yr vs the opposition’s 2nd unit. But we gotta remember he’s still young and raw that these struggles are going to happen.

    I’ve been most impressed with the Jazz movement on offense, so much of last year was stand around and watch Al play in the post, it’s refreshing to see a motion offense where guys are setting screens and moving without the ball and I think the offense will improve as the season progresses.

    Ian Clarke is a much better defender than I thought, he did a good job against Jamal Crawford and if he can get open looks on the offensive end he could be a nice spark off the bench.

    Can Jeremy Evans stay healthy? He’s already dealing with a shoulder problem, he’s put up crazy #’s when he’s played but can he stay healthy enough to give us s a chance to see what he can do when given 10-15 min per game?

    Finally the Jazz really miss Williams and Rush, the 2nd unit will be so much better with them back, you can’t overstate the importance the role the vets will play on such a young team.

    • Josh Haslam

      I agree with everything you’ve said and you make some good points. I am confused though cause I said Kanter looks lost and awkward out there…?

      • PastyRasta

        I was trying to be sarcastic and it doesn’t work too well in print, you were spot on with UR observations

  • Olivier Batiste

    I forgot turnovers…lots of turnovers…too many balls given to the opponents…