Utah Jazz Season Review

 

 Although this article is about numbers and statistics (both do not lie) I personally enjoy the Jazz roster and entertain it to and idea of making the playoffs next year as a 8 seed maybe 7. If this is to happen they need to get a better coach, offseason will be used to do that but let us continue to review their 2013-2014 season. Two recent college stars in Alec Burks and Trey Burke made the transition to the NBA in fine form. Burke averaging almost 13 points a game and over 5 assists is awesome and just why they drafted him. He and Gordon Hayward seem to be the future of this franchise. Burks is second on the team with 13 points a game and gives u a quality shooter and scorer but lacks anything more than that at this time. For a guy that shoots as much as he does being his only weapon, he is only 44% from the field. He will only get better as his focus on scoring will improve. Hayward is big time in my opinion and does not get a lot of coverage, playing in Utah does not help. He has the intangibles and gives you rebound and assists 5 and 5 respectively. But Hayward who is 15 points leads the team per game, is just 40% from the field. He shoots 13 shots a game on average and only 40%, not something you wanna see from a good guy like Hayward. Second leading scorer Derrick Favors is to me, the ultimate star on this squad. Only 13 points a game but 8 rebounds and is only 22, a huge upside for the Jazz club. Enes Kanter is also big time in his rebounding and scoring abilities, enjoy seeing his physical presence day in and day out. Rudy Gobert is a work in progress but was drafted for his size, over 7 feet tall. Gobert hopefully will pan out to be a platoon center and someone you can rely on as a defensive and offensive threat. So why is this Jazz team so bad this year and last in the Western Conference? For one, their team shooting percentage is not good from its top players as I noted earlier. Kanter and Favors flirt in the low 50% which is good, but Burke, Burks and Hayward are 38, 44, and 40%, I find that atrocious from players that are relied on. It is hard to write about the Jazz because of their young talent and had 6 players averaging double digits. There are the 8th worst shooting team in the league and it is pretty black and white why they are. Also the Jazz are in the last ten in 3 point % at 35%. Defense wins championships they say, I do not necessarily agree as we live in a powerful offense first NBA league. The Jazz simply do not have enough offense to keep up with others based on their shooting skills, although they do have the talent. Jazz are second worst giving up 47% opponent shooting percentage, with a young inexperienced squad you can guess that, but second worst?  Well rebounding is huge as well in this league, being able to capitalize on the mistakes of others is vital. With only Kanter and Favors as legitimate rebounders, the likes of Gobert should pan out, but probably not as soon as you would like,as he is a work in progress. It just has not been a good year period for the Jazz, they should however get a lottery pick and another young player who they hope will instantly impact their squad. Im sure the Utah Jazz faithful do not want this rebuilding process and second guessing of the team’s strength to go on for much longer. I like the Jazz but simply put they do not have enough weapons to continue the old days of Jerry Sloan era. Perhaps he should come back and revive this team, it is not like their is no talent, there is plenty. This team needs heart and a better coaching methods to work with the young talent. Lastly, I expect Trey Burke to shoot more and get better as a point guard, he can be dangerous if used correctly, providing the scoring and passing threat. Well for that being said I wish them a good draft pick and much better record for next year, come back Jerry!

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