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Who is the Jazz' best player?

More than halfway through this "development" season, I think we finally have a somewhat credible sample size as to determine who is our best player thus far. Of course, it isn't nearly as accurate as it could be if... Well you know the story. But even then, our top players have played in enough roles, and have been put in enough situations, that they are pretty well comparable for the most part. So quickly, here is my top 5 Jazz players at this point in this god forsaken season...

5. Trey Burke- Aww, this beautiful, fun/frustrating, inconsistent, exciting conundrum. Where would we be with out you (Well on our way to a top 3 pick, that's where)? It's funny how just a couple weeks ago we were raving over this kid, and then just like that we have given up hope. I've seen people say he is just another Mo Williams, or that he's going to end up being another role player, and that Marcus Smart would be a dramatic upgrade over him. I think that is ridiculous. Trey is an extremely intelligent player, with untapped offensive capabilities that most point guards lack. He's shown that he has that killer instinct that only an elite few possess in this league, and has some defensive potential as well (shut down John Wall). Obviously he is in a rough patch in his very brief career, but he has yet to play half a season yet. Where is this panic coming from? This kid is special, and I am stoked to see the improvements he makes through the rest of the season, as well as the off season.

4. Enes Kanter -Still extremely raw, but has shown glimpses of greatness. He has been dominated on a few occasions defensively, which should almost never happen based on his size alone. He is too strong to bullied down low. His lack of effort during certain stretches is a little worrisome for me. I'm sure some of his lackluster play has some to do with the way Corbin has leashed him up, but that is hardly an excuse to not play with any effort. Someone described him very accurately in a recent comment section as a "poor man's Al Jefferson", isnt that ironic? I mean, he clearly has loads more potential than Jeffy, but potential is risky. This last off season, Kanter was injured which definitely hindered his development. I think a lot of improvement in players comes with work in the off season. Just like Burke, I am really looking forward to seeing Kanter ball out next year.

3. Gordon Hayward- Say whaaat?? Hayward number 3??...Yes. I haven't looked at metric or in-depth statistics, and obviously Gordon has done pretty well for himself as a Jazzman, but I feel that he has reached his peak in terms of evolution. Gordon is Gordon. He's not going to develop amazing quickness or athleticism. He's not going to wow us with his amazing handles. And he's definitely never going to be Paul George. It has taken me some time to admit all that, but lying to myself would be dangerous. Convincing myself that he could be a number 1 option would lead me back to being blissfully ignorant, just as many Jazz fans have been the last few years, watching the Jazz compete for the 8th seed. I'm sure he will improve his shooting as his career goes on, his IQ will surely rise as does his vetness, and someday he may even make the all star team, but Hayward is not the future of this franchise, and never will be. In fact, he should never have been portrayed as the Jazz' Messiah by the media and organization in the first place. Especially since there was a man rotting away on the bench, who should've been given every opportunity that Hayward did to show what he can bring to the franchise. The man only known by one name...

2. Gov. Name/Noodle/Trey Burke/Alec Burks- Dude is a stud. Straight up. No question. He can shoot, he can play D, and he sure as hell can drive and finish. It's extremely disappointing to see him defer so much. The best players in the league are the ones that get to the foul line, something that Burks has done since he came into the league. This guy burned Dwayne Wade and LBJ, and has provided countless jaw dropping plays, that inspire awe. Obviously his stats don't jump out at you and say "super star", but I can feel it. Every time he has the ball I get the feeling that he can get to the rim at will, and I'm not convinced he doesn't feel the same way. Burks is unquestionably the player best suited for super stardom on this Jazz team. He's still very, very, very, very far away from the title, but if he was starting, and had been given consistent minutes the last couple seasons, I think that gap would be much, much smaller.

1. Derrick Favors- The only sure thing the Jazz have right now. There is no doubt in my mind that his extension was well worth it. Our defense is horrible with him, but without him it is unbearable to watch. These last few games without him have really solidified the confidence I have in him. He flat out makes the Jazz better. He can be deadly on the PnR (even with his lack of offense), he makes the players around him better (ie. Enes), and he is a game changer defensively. If there is one thing KOC did right in his time as the Jazz' GM, it was trading D-Will for this guy. I LOVE him. Sure he's still awkward at times in the post, and his shots hit the side of the backboard more than most people, but as he continues to get better (lol) and keeps working with Karl, this dude will be a dangerous man.


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