NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft News 10-20-2015
Utah Jazz Need to Speed Up Their Game to Compete in the West
The Utah Jazz completed play during the 2014-15 regular season with a record of 38-44. They finished seven games back of New Orleans for the final playoff spot in the Western conference and were the 11th seed. Playing in high altitude one would think the Jazz would have better success at home but their record was only one game over .500 at 21-20. A possible reason for this was the fact the Jazz played at such a slow pace that it took away a home site and altitude advantage the team had. The team averaged just 95 points a game and connected on 44.7% from the floor with 34.3% from the three point line. We saw the Denver Nuggets tank way down following the departure of George Karl from a run and gun team to a slow defensive style team which didn’t work. Quin Snyder returns as head coach of the Jazz as he enters his second year with the club. The team had the 12th pick in the draft and selected Trey Lyles a 6’ 10” forward from Kentucky. Oliver Hanlan a guard from Boston College was selected in the second round. There is no doubt the club needs to modernize their offensive system.
Utah Jazz PG:
The 22 year old enters his second season in the league. He played in 76 games and averaged 30 minutes a game. Burke has a lot of work to do on his game. His shooting percentage is really bad at 36.8% from the floor and 31.9% from the three point line a year ago. The half court offensive system just isn’t working and hopefully Quinn can speed up the tempo for his weapons to find good looks at the bucket.
Utah Jazz SG:
Burks is young at just 24 years old. He is a shooting guard who hit 40% from the floor and 38.2% from three point distance. His preseason has been good as he looks to keep his starting job over Rodney Hood. Shoulder surgery limited Burks to just 27 games last season.
Utah Jazz SF:
The former Butler product has led the Jazz in scoring last season. He averaged 19.3 points a game along with five boards and four assists in 34 minutes. Hayward connected on 44.5% from the floor along with 36.4% from three point range. Still only 25 years old as the Jazz team is young.
Utah Jazz PF:
Favors part of the starting lineup in the early 20’s for the team at just 24 years old. He had a good season last year by averaging 16 points and 8.2 rebounds in his 31 minutes of playing time per game. The good news is that Favors has shown improvement and can still pick up those rebounding and block shot numbers as he nears his prime of his career.
Utah Jazz C:
A former first round pick of the Denver Nuggets in 2013. Gorbert is a 7’2” center with a huge wingspan. He is a rim protection on the defensive end of the court as he had nearly 2 ½ block shots per game last year. Gorbert played in all 82 games last year and averaged 60% shooting along with 8.4 points with 9.5 rebounds per game. There is much room to improve his offensive game as with his size around the bucket. Gorbert could develop into a sound choice for NBA daily fantasy rosters. He is still only 23 years old. One has to wonder if Quinn Snyder would allow this team to run just think how much better these young players on the Jazz could become.