The Future of the Utah Jazz: Two Stars

The last three games have been draining for Jazz fans. The Jazz went to LA hoping to earn the I am Legit Playoff Team badge. Well, they didn’t get it. Then the Jazz ran into a brick wall called clutch shooting and experience. The have topped all of that off with digging a huge hole and not being able to get out of it. I personally wanted to throw my Jazz colored glasses against the wall. Then I watched some NBAtv.

If you do not watch NBAtv, they often fill dead space with Hardwood Classics (Old classic basketball games). It just so happened the one I was watching was game 3 of the Bulls v. Phoenix Finals series. (Should it be hard for Jazz fans to watch the Bulls win a championship?) Seeing these teams go at it got me thinking of a question: Is it time for the NBA to go retro?

Back in the 90s the Bulls dominated the NBA with two stars, Pippen and MJ. (Doubt anyone has listed them in that order.) As I thought about it, almost every team that contended for or won a title had two amazing players or stars surrounded by a cast of role players. Then the Celtic and Heat went and got 3 stars. Everyone started to reel and begin to try to find a way to catch up with the Jones’s. The Knicks, Nets, Clippers, and Lakers have all gone and spent some serious dime to become the teams they are with multiple stars. All of which are trying to gain another. But, with the new CBA times will change. The new CBA is supposed to eliminate such super teams. (We will see if it happens)

So, with the super teams gone the model for two stars and role players will take prominence. So the Jazz are going to need to make a decision, who are the 2 stars the Jazz can build around to have a championship contender?

Gordon Hayward & Enes Kanter

Yes, you read that right. I didn’t mention Derrick Favors. As I watch both the young bigs I feel Kanter is younger, yet more developed at this point. He actually has post moves compared to the lack of moves for Favors. He also has a decent jumper. He just needs some experience to learn the tricks of the trade. The potential I see in Kanter is one reason I would like to see Jefferson stay as he is a great mentor for the young kid.

Hayward is a popular pick. He is really showing an improved shot and a way of simply getting things done. Jazz fans are really enjoying the shooting and the come from behind blocks. But, none of the above is the key factor to me. It is all about the swagger and confidence that Hayward has. He is not intimidated by any situation, player, or team.

Now, I am open to other opinions. Please comment below. If you have a lot to say, use the contact form on the site and you can guest post on the site. But, the thing is that the Jazz have 4 young players with 2 bigs and 2 guards. One pairing has to work out, right?

About the author

Grant Bagby

Since moving to Utah in 2005, I have changed from following all sports in D.C/Virginia to following all sports in Utah. I am a Chicago Bulls fan first (Born and raised by my father), but I am also a hardcore Jazz fan with 7 years of being a season ticket holder under my belt. I started TornBySports to write about the BYU/Utah Rivalry after Max Hall ran his mouth.