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Utah Jazz: Handing Over the Keys
The Jazz have been stocking up on forwards like Enes Kanter but have yet to answer their guard situation

Utah Jazz: Handing Over the Keys

What do the Jazz want and what the fans want are at a disconnect? Based on what I see from those i follow on twitter, friends on Facebook, and on blogs the fans are ready to see the young guys takeover the Jazz lineup and core minutes. The Jazz, however, are not too sure. This disconnect is all based on the point of view. Jazz fans want to do what is necessary to make sure the Jazz are competing for a championship. While the Jazz organization really only cares about the bottom line. It is a business and investment after all. But, as the season moves forward and trade deadline ticks closer, I think the fans might be right.

Enes Kanter

Everyone is salivating over the untapped potential of Enes Kanter and his newly revealed sky hook that was used against Milwaukee. His game continues to progress and improve. Yet he, like many employees in the US, is stuck under a glass ceiling. How much more could his game continue to improve with out an increase of minutes and actual playing time. There is also another key offensive indicator that increases when the Big Turkey or UnderKanter is on the floor. Corner 3′s.

But the single most important shot in the game still barely gets any attention at all:

The corner 3.

Want to know how good your team’s offense is? Just look at how often it takes corner 3s. Besides looking at field goal percentage, corner 3 frequency is as strong an indicator as any other. Good offenses tend to pound the corners, while bad offenses tend to avoid them. – Tom Haberstroh, ESPN

With Kanter on the floor the Jazz corner 3s go up by 5%. I believe this happens due to a double team coming down and Kanter passing out. In comparison, corner 3s go down with Jefferson on the floor.  Check out the below comparison between Kanter and Jefferson on per 48 minutes. Pretty close to a wash in my opinion. There are 2 differences to point out.

1. Kanter has a much higher turnover rate. This will go down as Kanter gets more experience.

2. Offensive rebounds. Kanter gets double the offensive rebounds over Jefferson. This partially explains partly why Kanter’s FG% is so much higher. Either way, offensive rebounds are huge!

Kanter

SPLIT GP MIN FGM-FGA FG% 3PM-3PA 3P% FTM-FTA FT% OR DR REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS
Total 48 14.3 8.8-16.3 .543 0.0-0.0 .000 3.4-4.7 .731 6.2 7.6 13.9 1.4 1.8 1.3 5.8 4.8 21.1

Jefferson

SPLIT GP MIN FGM-FGA FG% 3PM-3PA 3P% FTM-FTA FT% OR DR REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS
Total 49 33.0 10.7-22.4 .478 0.1-0.3 .182 3.5-4.2 .830 3.0 10.9 13.9 3.2 1.7 1.3 3.4 1.8 24.9

Derrick Favors

What Jazz fan hasn’t been screaming for Favors to play more? I can’t think of one person. Tell me if I am wrong. I have one easy argument as to why Favors should be playing more. 11-3 (regular season). That is the win-loss record of the Nets & Jazz when they played Favors 30+ minutes. I also found it interesting that when Favors played +30 minutes against the Spurs in the playoffs, the Jazz actually kept it close.

The other simple anser to why Favors must be on the floor is Defense! Favors is averaging 3 blocks and 2 steals per 48 minutes. If Jazz fans really want to know why they are not going to be a contender any time soon just look at the defensive efficiency of the Jazz. They are 24th in the league, good for the worst of all current playoff teams. When Favors is on the floor the Jazz’s defensive rating drops by 4. This would bring the Jazz defense to 11th in the league. You know the phrase, say it with me. “Defense wins championships!” Vote for Favors for 30.

Favors – Per 48 minutes

SPLIT GP MIN FGM-FGA FG% 3PM-3PA 3P% FTM-FTA FT% OR DR REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS
Total 45 21.8 7.6-15.9 .480 0.0-0.2 .000 5.3-7.9 .673 5.0 9.1 14.1 2.0 3.1 2.1 6.5 3.4 20.6

All I am saying is that the Jazz need to give up the keys to the young guys. It will not change what happens to finish this year. The Jazz will either be in the lottery or eliminated in the 1st round of the playoffs. The only difference between those 2 options is where the Jazz draft pick will be. Oh, and the roughly $200,000 the Jazz would get for playing in the playoffs.

About 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.