The Utah Jazz look to dip into the fountain of youth in the upcoming 2013 campaign. After losing two of their main veterans to free agency in Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, Utah is starting almost fresh with their starting five heading into the next season.
After drafting point guard Trey Burke, former starter Mo Williams took off into free agency and wound up with the Portland Trail Blazers, leaving Burke as the lone guy for the starting job. Alec Burks will likely get the start at two guard with Gordon Hayward joining him on the wing.
Down low, the Jazz have a very promising and young front court tandem that they like very much. Big men Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter will jump into the starting roles in the paint and look to lift the Jazz to new heights.
With all of the changes in Utah, who will step up and be the main contributor offensively? It’s a great question, actually. Will it be Hayward, who continues to shoot well throughout his young career but has trouble sometimes creating for himself? Will it be the rookie in Burke who somehow shocks us all and takes the league by storm?
I don’t think either will wind up happening. I, like the organization, believe the interior scoring will drive the team to any success they have in 2013. Favors had come on strong last season when he received more minutes, and I absolutely believe he will take on the responsibility of the go-to guy on offense.
With such athleticism and efficiency scoring the basketball in a variety of ways, Favors should be the likely candidate to lead the team in scoring. I would even go so far as to say that he may even have a shot at an All-Star bid this year. It will be fun for Jazz fans to watch how Favors continues to blossom into a rising star in this league as he gets a shot to be the face of the franchise starting this season.