Dec 22, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (center) is fouled by Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (left) as power forward Derrick Favors (right) defends the play during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz: Home vs Away

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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!

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