Jazz rookie Kanter may soon unveil unseen skills

In Friday’s print edition of the Standard-Examiner, I wrote a story about Jazz power forward Derrick Favors and his development into a potential All-Star candidate after just one season in the NBA.

I noted that Favors, 20, was one of four Jazz players on this season’s All-Star ballot. I wrote about his relationship with 19-year-old center/power forward Enes Kanter, a rookie.

Although both players have a lot way to go in terms of their development, Jazz personnel are thrilled about the prospect of the two young men playing together for years to come. Both are shy and unassuming off the court, but when the game is going on both have the ability to get physical as they battle opponents near the basket.

Kanter hasn’t shown it, but his teammates say he is an offensive threat. In Friday’s story I quoted Favors as saying, “I’ve seen it during practice. (Kanter has) post moves, he just use them in the game right now.”

After Friday morning’s shootaround at EnergySolutions Arena, I asked Kanter about that very subject.

“That’s true,” he said. “I haven’t played for over two years. I’m obviously trying to get used the NBA and my teammates too. I think a couple months later, when I get used to it, I will be so much better.”

 

 

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About Jim Burton

Jim Burton has worked for the Standard-Examiner since 1991. He has covered everything from the preps to Utah, BYU, Weber State and the Ogden Raptors. Currently he is the Standard's Utah Jazz beatwriter and its sports columnist.
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