Utah Jazz: Home vs Away

Every year as a Jazz fan I see players that just play awesome at home and then when they go on the road they are awful.  A players efficiency level tells the story of who plays better at home then they do away, or if they are the same in both places.  A great player seems to always play better away as they have the drive to carry a team where at home the fans carry the team.

Just to give you an idea of how PER (Player efficiency rating) works:  15.00 is the league average every year and players that play better than average are above 15.00 and players that are worse are lower than 15.00.  An all-star level on PER is considered above 21 or 22 and a superstar level is above 25.  Lebron James this year is at 30.16 and a guy like James Harden is at 21.66.

So where do the Jazz players stand? (all stats based from teamrankings.com)

Gordon Hayward

Overall PER: 18.80 (T-35th in NBA)

Home PER: 14.20 (94th)

Away PER: 23.40 (13th)

Derrick Favors

Overall PER: 18.80 (T-35th in NBA)

Home PER: 23.00 (T-18th)

Away PER: 14.60 (68th)

Enes Kanter

Overall PER: 16.70 (58th in NBA)

Home PER: 17.20 (56th)

Away PER: 16.20 (52nd)

What this tells me is that Favors needs the crowd to play to the level he needs to and Hayward takes it upon himself to try and get a win on the road.  Kanter plays the way he always does whether at home or away.  What’s great is only all star players are above Hayward on the road and Hayward is even ahead of guys like James Harden, Steph Curry, Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan and Russell Westbrook to name a few.

Derrick on the other hand at home is above players like Paul George, Steph Curry, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard.  Now they just need to play efficient at the same time and the Jazz will start winning some games.  It’ll be interesting to see where Hayward and Favors end up at the end of the season to see if Hayward is a max player and/or Favors is worth his contract or if the Jazz got him in a steal of a deal.

If Hayward can improve his home play or Favors can improve his away game then the Jazz will be looking at an all-star caliber player.  Another thing worth noting is Trey Burke should help both of their games to be more efficient.  Trey come back!

Whether Home or Away, get your Utah Jazz tickets here to see your team in action all season long!

Topics: Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Gordon Hayward, PER, Utah Jazz

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  • Steven Jaynes

    Interesting topic Josh.

    I’ve always been of the mindset that that Gordon just wants to win. He has that inner ingredient, that intangible, that is willing to do whatever it takes to win. He’s not always going to be on the winning side, he’s not always going to have a great game, he won’t always be consistent. He’s not always going to take it on himself to be the man, sometimes he will defer to teammates but no matter the opposition, no matter the match-up, or the location he hates to lose. Some players have, some don’t don’t but he can push himself on, and also see times when to conserve his energy – thats almost just as important, if you can rely on other players to come through during home games why not defer to those players during some moments during those games?

    Derrick on the other hand has a different mentality. I’m not saying he accepts losing more than Gordon but I do think he needs more encouragement – whether its from the crowd, the coaching staff, fellow teammates or just a great play that pushes him on with more energy. For me theres always been a question mark regarding his ability to give everything at all times. I see him make great plays and get frustrated that he isn’t scare It could be his competitors regularly enough. He has the athleticism to impose himself more on games but I get the feeling that sometimes he holds back more than he needs to,. Is it his upbringing before he came into the game, the fact that he was traded so early on his career, or just how young he is, scared of getting into foul trouble, lack of coaxing by the coach or some other intangible?

    Interesting stats regarding Enes though, I had no idea that his performances were so consistent home and away. It will be interesting to see with extra playing time and experience if he can improve on that and remain consistent in equal measures home and away, or if results might bring the effort down.

    • Josh Haslam

      Absolutely! Definitely some interesting stats on all 3. Hayward is a gamer and hopefully Favors comes around to putting forth full effort every game. Like the comment, thanks!

  • Olivier Batiste

    Interesting stats!
    I totally agree when you say that Burke will stabalize his teamates.
    Any news about his return on the court?