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Monson: For Jazz to thrive, Favors and Kanter must play together

NBA » Team’s current tag-team approach not sustainable over long haul



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"I definitely think they can play together," Burke says. "With the offensive rebounding abilities they both have and with their abilities to play on the block, teams will have to start scratching down on them, and that’s when they can kick it out. It’s up to the rest of us to make plays from there. Enes can hit the outside shot and that’s the shot we try to get for him coming off the screen. He can knock that down. Those guys know where they’re supposed to be. It’s the point guard’s job to make the right read. We’ll all figure it out."

Says Hayward: "They’re obviously young players, learning to be on the floor at the same time. They haven’t done it a lot. When they are, we have some big weapons, especially down low. They’re a lot to deal with. When Enes is able to hit the outside shot, they complement each other well. He is more finesse and can step out a little. Favs is good at rolling to the basket, catching and dunking. I can see it working."

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Tale of the tape

Player PPG FG% FT% RPG BPG

Derrick Favors 13.5 51.8 66.0 9.1 1.35

Enes Kanter 11.2 48.0 75.0 6.1 0.67

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It has to work.

If it doesn’t, the Jazz’s plan must be altered, meaning somebody will have to be moved. Throw into that picture Gobert, who is a project, but a project with tantalizing upside, and the long-term outlook gets more complicated, more crowded. Part of the Jazz’s overall mantra is to stockpile valuable assets, currency they can use via trades to adjust whatever needs adjusting.

Right now, that view is cloudy, the adjusting in neutral.

That’s what this season is good for — clearing the fog. Corbin will have to play Favors and Kanter together more, perhaps at the expense of the win-loss record, to see what evolution comes, what progress is made. He should be building a front-line front line with staying power, not a your-turn-my-turn tag team like the Headbangers or Edge and Christian or the Brothers of Destruction.

If Kanter has to come off the bench, the Jazz eventually will have to go another way.

GORDON MONSON hosts "The Big Show" with Spence Checketts weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on 97.5 FM/1280 and 960 AM The Zone. Twitter: @GordonMonson.




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