Jazz Update – April
The 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.
Update – March
The 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.
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.
The Utah 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 basketball action.
Where did current Utah Jazz player
Gordon Hayward play his college ball?
The answer is Butler University, where Hayward helped the team reach the National
The 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.