NBA Watchability Rankings: No. 29 Utah Jazz
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
USA TODAY Sports’ Adi Joseph and Sean Highkin will be counting down NBA teams based on watchability for the upcoming 2013-14 seasons. We’ll go one team a day, from least-watchable to most, giving you an idea of what to keep an eye out for this season. Today, we arrive at the
No. 29 Utah Jazz:
2012-13 record: 43-39, missed playoffs
Adi Joseph’s 2013-14 record projection: 34-48, miss playoffs
Two best players (2012-13 stats): PF Derrick Favors (9.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.7 blocks a game), PG Trey Burke (18.6 points, 6.7 assists a game at University of Michigan).
Overview: Favors and center Enes Kanter, the No. 3 overall picks in the 2010 and 2011 drafts, respectively, take over down low as Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap were allowed to walk in free agency. Burke also has a starting spot for a team that will feature a very, very different rotation this season. The bumps will be rough, but the future is bright with some help on the wings.
WHY YOU CAN’T MISS THEM
Kanter dancer: The Turkish big man has as much fun on the court as anyone in the NBA. His pregame dancing is mesmerizing, and we hope it doesn’t go away as his role during games expands.
Little Mr. Big Shot: Burke, 6-0, developed a reputation in college for stepping up at the right time. He may lead the Jazz in scoring, so expect him to have the ball in his hands for the biggest moments. Can he replicate his Final Four game-tying shot against Kansas?
The Van Gogh of dunking: Jeremy Evans doesn’t play a whole lot, totaling 215 minutes last year. But he may get an expanded chance this year as Favors’ backup, in which case his dunks will be worth keeping an eye on. Though he won the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest with a double-ball effort, who could forget his runner-up performance last year, in which he dunked over a painting of himself dunking over a painting of himself dunking over a painting of himself dunking …
JUST TRY TO IGNORE …
Will anyone score? Favors and Kanter are talented young players, but neither is … [For more on NBA Watchability Rankings: No. 29 Utah Jazz, click here.]