Over the last four games the Utah Jazz have had a player score 20 or more points six different times (Gordon Hayward x3, Derrick Favors x2, Rodney Hood x1). The Jazz are still the slowest paced team in the league, and have been a slow team for a number of seasons -- so there are just fewer opportunities to score big. Yes, they do boast the 10th best ORTG in the league, but volume is hard to get. So I think it's special for our team to be breaking out of their slumber and having big performances from their best offensive weapons. That got me thinking . . . where to our current players rank compared to the four plus decade history of this team. When you look at the regular season and playoffs games combined, you get a pretty long list of players (via. Basketball-Reference.com), n=115. When you organize it by player position you get the following:
- Point Guards: Trey Burke is already #5 on the list for lead guards, and that is pretty much his role right now under Quin Snyder -- to be a scorer. I think as the season continues we may see Raul Neto get on this list, he had 15 last night and it looked effortless.
- Shooting Guards: Alec Burks is #8 on this list, and may climb that if he ever gets healthy again. Hood is in the 11-20 range, but at his rate I wouldn't be surprised to see him add a few more 20 points games over the next few weeks.
- Small Forwards: G-Time is #2 here and he's going to be #2 for a very long time. I don't see him passing the HOFer AD any time soon. Also, yes, this entire piece is a product of me getting nostalgic of that Marvin Williams 20 PT game he had that gave us all very high expectations.
- Power Forwards: D-Favors needs the ball more, this much we can agree on. Trevor Booker makes this list, but I can see Trey Lyles passing him over the next few seasons for sure.
Centers: So current bigman Rudy Gobert only needs one more 20+ game to tie Mark Eaton, and two more after that to tie Greg Ostertag. There really hasn't been a lot of scoring in the middle for the Jazz outside of Big Al and Memo. (And really, if you add it up, only 7% of the 20 point games from a Jazzman came from the center spot -- 14% from PG, 21% from SG, 20% from SF, and 39% from PF, rounding up.)
There were some obviously epic scorers in Jazz history. With how the Jazz run their Xs and Os right now there isn't that one player responsible for scoring every night. It's easier to gameplan if you have one, but the Utah Jazz of 2015-2016 just do not. I do feel, really, that we're going to see more and more 20 point games from Hayward and Hood, and less from Favors. But more than anything else, I think Favors would be a more reliable 20 point option with his still nascent offensive game. He gets to the line, he finishes in the paint, he cleans up on the offensive glass, and he can hit spot up jumpers and play the pick and roll / pop game. He just needs more touches.