Jazz Update – May
The Utah Jazz came into the season expecting to struggle to get wins, as they have one
of the youngest teams in the National Basketball Association. While Utah showed a lot of signs of promise they did have a
hard time winning consistently in 2013-14. This season was not about wins, though, it was about player development. The Jazz
saw a lot of promising signs from swingman Gordon Hayward. Hayward took one a lot more responsibility in the wake of the departures
of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, and while his percentages predictably dipped, his averages increased. Hayward showed an
all-around game that is a big reason why some people think he is a star player in the making. Hayward will hit restricted
free agency this offseason, but most people expect the Jazz to match any offer he might receive from another organization.
The Jazz also some nice development from big man Derrick Favors. Favors came over in the Deron Williams trade a couple of
years ago after being selected with the third overall pick in the NBA Draft. Favors showed some progress on the offensive
end of the court and reinforced that he is on his way to being a top-level defensive presence down low. Fellow youngsters
Trey Burke and Enes Kanter also made encouraging progress this season.
The Jazz finished with the fourth-worst record
in the NBA this season, but that also means that they have the fourth-best odds of winning the NBA Draft Lottery. The Jazz
will have a high pick this season, as the worst selection they can get is pick seven, and this draft is being touted as the
best in years. With potential future stars like Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embid topping most draft boards, Jazz
fans are excited with the prospect of another building block coming aboard in Utah.
Jazz Update – April
Utah Jazz have not had a dominant season in 2013-14 by any stretch of the imagination, but there is more to a team's season
than the win column, especially when a club is rebuilding their roster. The Jazz have struggled to get victories on the court,
but this can be seen as an overall positive season in Salt Lake City. The Jazz have a bevy of young players that have shown
significant development and promise this season, one of whom is rookie point guard Trey Burke. The Jazz selected Burke in
the lottery of the 2013 NBA Draft, as the team was in dire need of a point guard, and the Michigan product has been very solid
during his first season as a pro. Gordon Hayward has also looked great at times throughout the 2013-14 season. Hayward did
not shoot the ball well for most of the year, but he showed an all-around game that is a big reason why he is so widely-regarded
as a potential star in the future. The Jazz also saw nice development form big man Derrick Favors, who really has the potential
to become a dominant force down low.
The Jazz did get a solid victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on March 8th. Hayward
put up a nice performance against the Sixers, notching 22 points and eight assists. Hayward has really showcased his passing
ability this season, showing his versatility on the offensive end of the court. Favors had himself a nice game as well, putting
up a double-double that included 14 boards. The Jazz got another solid victory later in the month when they took down the
Orlando Magic. Favors had a nice all-around performance in this one, scoring 11 points to go with 12 rebounds, three assists
and five blocks. Favors' potential has to have a lot of Utah fans excited.
Jazz Update – March
Utah Jazz are not having the greatest season this year, but they are getting their young players a lot of valuable experience
on the court in 2013-14. The Jazz had a respectable month of February, tallying a 5-7 record. The team got a huge win on February
8th when they took down the reigning NBA Champion Miami Heat. One may assume that the Heat were shorthanded in this contest,
but that was not the case. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all played in this game, yet the Jazz emerged victorious
anyway. Utah got a bit of a surprise performance out of veteran forward Marvin Williams, not known for his scoring, who put
up 23 points to lead all scorers in this contest. Williams splashed five of his eight attempts from distance against Miami,
showing a great stroke from three. Gordon Hayward flirted with a triple-double in this game, falling short by a point and
a rebound. Hayward will be a restricted free agent at season's end, and people in NBA circles expect that the Jazz will have
to match a hefty offer if they want to keep him. Though his shot has not been falling with regularity this season, there is
no denying that he has the potential to be a very good player in the pro game.
On February 26th the Jazz got themselves
another quality win when they took down the Phoenix Suns. The Suns have looked very good this season, but Utah handled them
with ease in this contest. Hayward again just missed out on a triple-double in this contest, dropping 17 points, 10 boards
and nine assists. Hayward's passing ability has been on display in a big way this season. Big man Derrick Favors, back from
injury, chipped in 15 points and seven boards. Favors has loads of potential and has made some nice strides in 2013-14.
The Utah Jazz - Schedule in 2013-14
The Utah Jazz are ready to hit the court this season and take on some of
the best teams in the National Basketball Association on their home court at Energy Solutions Arena. The Jazz are going through
a bit of a transitional phase right now, as they're giving some of their talented young players more playing time after some
significant veteran departures in the off-season. The Jazz are looking to see improvement across the board from their youngsters,
as this team's future could look extremely bright if things pan out for some of these talented players. The Jazz play in the
Northwest Division of the Western Conference, a division that has some giants lurking. The Jazz have an uphill battle if they're
going to improve on their third-place finish in the Northwest standings from last season, but this young team certainly has
enough talent to make some serious noise. Rookie point guard Trey Burke should give the team the leadership and skill level
that the Jazz have been seeking at that position. Burke took his Michigan team all the way to the National Championship Game
last season and should help bolster some of his pro teammates' performances in 2013-14. One player the Jazz are looking for
big things from this season is Derrick Favors. With the departure of both Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson in the off-season,
the way is cleared for Favors to enter the starting lineup and begin to realize some of the vast potential he's shown over
the last couple of years. This should be a great season to see how good these youngsters really are, and Jazz fans will certainly
be heading to the arena to catch a glimpse of the present and the future of this franchise in 2013-14.
Utah will have
its hands full when the Oklahoma City Thunder come to town this season. The Thunder are the reigning Northwest Division Champions
and a team that is just two seasons removed from reaching the NBA Finals. The Thunder have one of the top players in the NBA
in Kevin Durant, a scoring machine that cannot be stopped. Durant has developed into more than just a scorer, though, making
him even more difficult to contain. For the Jazz to defeat the Thunder, they're going to need a solid defensive effort first
and foremost. It will be difficult for such a young team to post a consistent enough game to defeat a top contender like Oklahoma
City, but don't rule it out. The Jazz will get several cracks at it at Energy Solutions Arena this season, and you can be
there to see how it plays out.
Another club that the Jazz will have some big match-ups at home with this season is the
Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers are on the rise in not only the Northeast Division but also the Western Conference in
general. With LaMarcus Aldridge posting the best season of his career, the Jazz are going to look to Derrick Favors to try
to contain this major offensive threat. Favors has the physical capabilities of matching up with Aldridge, but the forward's
craftiness could give a young player like Favors a hard time. If the Jazz can play well against Portland, it will go a long
way to signal to the rest of the division that they're headed in the right direction.
Jazz are a team takes part in the National Basketball Association. The Jazz play in the Northwest Division, which is a part
of the Western Conference of the league, and face off with the Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets
and Oklahoma City Thunder for the division title each and every season. The Jazz are a young team that is rebuilding its roster
with talented youngsters that could develop into big-time NBA players. They saw longtime Utah players Al Jefferson and Paul
Millsap walk via free agency, which makes room for talented big man Derrick Favors in the starting lineup this season. Favors
came over to the Jazz in the Deron Williams trade a couple of years back, and he has not had much of a chance to prove himself
on the court on a regular basis. That should change this season, and some people see a superstar in Favors. Another young
player getting a lot of buzz is Gordon Hayward. This versatile perimeter player is emerging into one of the hotter young talents
in the NBA, as his all-around game and defensive capabilities have teams keeping their eye on Hayward. The Jazz will also
be looking for rookie point guard Trey Burke to add some stability to a position that has been largely in flux for Utah over
the last few years.
Seeing a sporting event live and in person is always the best way to
do it, and this certainly applies to basketball. The National Basketball Association is an amazing hoops league that features
all the best players in the entire world. When you're there in the stands you'll know you've come to the right place for top-notch
Where did current Utah Jazz player Gordon Hayward play his college ball?
answer is Butler University, where Hayward helped the team reach the National Championship Game.
Utah Jazz are a professional basketball team that is a part of the National Basketball Association, where the best players
in the world gather to compete at the highest level. The Jazz were founded in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz. The team moved
to Salt Lake City in 1979 and have called the city home ever since. The team has reached the NBA Finals twice, winning back
to back conference titles in 1997 and 1998, though they were unable to capture the NBA Championship on either occasion.
Fans of Utah Jazz basketball love to head to Energy Solutions Arena on a regular basis to cheer on the
Jazz in the biggest games. This team has a dedicated and loyal fan base that comes out for each and every home game.