By Ben Anderson
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Ten Thoughts from Jazz Media Day:
1. The Jazz future still rests in the hand of Derrick Favors. Veterans will help with leadership on the team, but the overall talent boost must come from Favors.
2. Gordon Hayward insists he can lead by example, and doesn’t feel he needs to be more vocal. Seemed like an issue last year, and your best players need to be your vocal leaders.
3. Salt Lake City is becoming more of a destination for players. Several new additions mentioned how much they enjoyed the city. It’s losing its negative reputation.
4. Enes Kanter is a physical freak. Went from eating over 3000 calories a day to dropping 50+ lbs in 2 months. He’s leaner now than he was last year.
5. Kevin Murphy has legit NBA size. He may be thin right now, but he’s got the frame to be a legit 2 in the NBA… though the same things were said about CJ Miles.
6. Ty Corbin looks increasingly comfortable. He’s surrounded by his coaches, his players, and his culture. He seems at home in his role.
7. Kanter has taken over the Fesenko roll for the team. His exuberance is endearing, though unlike Fesenko, it’s clear he works hard on his game.
8. Alec Burks has bulked up, his arms are noticeably larger. That’s ideal for a player who is going to make his living at the foul line.
9. Mo Williams, Marvin Williams and Randy Foye were brought in for vocal leadership. All three are eloquent and savvy veterans. Outside of Earl Watson, the Jazz did not have that last year, and it showed against San Antonio.
10. This is the first real example of the Post-Sloan Jazz. Similar to the strange post Stockton/Malone team that nearly made the playoffs, last years Jazz were makeshift overachievers. This team feels diagrammed by Corbin and Dennis Lindsey.