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(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz head coach Ty Corbin speaks to the media on the day the Jazz clean out their lockers after a disappointing 25-57 season, Thursday, April 17, 2014.
Utah Jazz LIVE: Kanter certain he can play alongside Favors

First Published Apr 17 2014 11:49 am • Last Updated Apr 18 2014 05:34 pm

Can Jazz low-post big men Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter play together and be effective?

Going forward, that question is one of the most important Utah management must answer in their quest to move beyond this season’s 25-57 record.

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One word of caution: Don’t count Kanter as one of the doubters.

"I think it’s crazy that people think we cannot play together," he said Thursday afternoon at EnergySolutions Arena. "I read all these articles and it’s crazy some people think we can’t play together. …

"This is my third year with him. I feel so much more comfortable with him on the court. Offensively, defensively, both sides of the court. I know what he’s going to do and he knows what I’m going to do."

Statistically, Kanter enjoyed a breakout season in 2013-14.

He averaged 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds. He played a total of 2,138 minutes, or nearly 200 more than he did in his first two seasons combined.

Buks wants a bigger role next season


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Alec Burks wanted no part of a contract extension talk on Thursday afternoon.

"This is something that I’ll let my agent handle," said Utah’s rising shooting guard.

But there’s no doubt that Burks leaves Salt Lake City for the summer as a confident man, as well as a confident player.

In his exit interview with the media at EnergySolutions Arena, Burks spoke of his belief and desire to be the leading man offensively. He spoke of his need to become a better shooter this summer, and of the hunger to be on a winning team next season.

"I think we all wanted more out of this year," Burks said. "I think we’re going to be much better going forward."

Burks began the season as Utah’s sixth man, but ended it in the starting lineup. He’s without question the most improved offensive player on the Jazz roster and one who is just 22 years old and getting better.

Can he continue his upward track?

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