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Kanter's hustle/killer instinct

Discussion in 'Utah Jazz' started by DutchJazzer, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. DutchJazzer

    DutchJazzer Well-Known Member

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    one thing this jazz has been missing is hustle killer instinct.
    iu remember last night jazz where up 25 points orso.
    and after a rebound by the jazz. the first guy down the court was kanter.
    trying to score.
    busting his guts being the first one down the court.

    that is hustle/killer instinct.

    that in itselfs gives us blowouts and a couple of more wins.


    being up by 25 punt and still hustling. stepping on the opposing teams throat.
    walk up behind them and stab them in the heart.

    nice guys don't do that.

    here's to kanters amazing hustle/killer instinct
     
  2. Dr. Jones

    Dr. Jones In pursuit of #9 Contributor

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    I call it humility/hunger more than killer instinct, but won't split hairs.
     
  3. BYE

    BYE Well-Known Member

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    Kanter's version of hustle is kind of weird and probably evolving. I don't think of him as a Joakim Noah/DeMarre Carroll hustler, but rather as someone who battles for position and who is learning how to run the floor properly. He's not as active on the defensive end, but that probably has to do with his historical basketball experience and habit. He also has a tendency (like Favors sometimes) to go soft to the rim (he should dunk more with one hand, by the way).

    I could tell he was gassed in last game a few times, so he needs to get more minutes to learn how to pace himself/get in better game shape.

    If he can figure out the assists, get more active and savvy on the defensive end, and either pass out of the post quickly or attack hard he will be a very nice player for us. The guy's 20!
     
  4. addictionary

    addictionary Well-Known Member

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    no doubt kanter is a hustle player he earns his meal from it but I call it (running to fastbreak when the gap's 25) needing highlight plays and stats to prove smth. kanter is not a tall player for center. but he is strong. he lost his weight and gained speed and agility. now he needs to show he is even a better fast break scorer than he was when he was drafted. mark my words, this guy wants to be a go-to-guy in the years to come. that is what he desires.
     
  5. sepanol

    sepanol Well-Known Member

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    Kanter is better at 4 than 5, but he can guard anyone in this league one on one, even howard, he just need to learn help defense and get more awareness, that needs time practise and experience, so he can have some defensive habits

    Anyway Favors is good enough to be at 5, so no worries, kanter 4, favors 5 in future.
     
  6. Revolution 9

    Revolution 9 Moderator Moderator

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    He needs to play harder on the defensive end, but I like what I'm seeing effort wise from him overall.
     
  7. candrew

    candrew Well-Known Member

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    One thing that I felt got lost in the Toronto game is that Kanter repeatedly had to fight for rebounds against two players. His rebounding numbers in and of itself were good enough (8, I think) but The Jazz gained or maintained 4 or 5 possessions by Kanter doing just enough to force the opposing player to knock the ball out of bounds. To me that was just as impressive as any statistical acheivement.
     
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  8. Dr. Jones

    Dr. Jones In pursuit of #9 Contributor

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    Thank you. I love it when people post stuff that they see during the game that's not found in the box score.
     
  9. Dr. Jones

    Dr. Jones In pursuit of #9 Contributor

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    I know this is completely obvious, but last night I was really noticing the difference between Kanter and Al/Sap on offense.

    Every time Al catches the ball he does some little fake/drop-step into either a hook/push shot or a mini-fadeway ..
    whereas Kanter consistently makes moves drop-steps, duck-unders, fakes, and moves towards/to the rim.

    The latter is far more taxing on the interior defense and creates a much better opportunity to get our own rebound.

    It's been said a thousand times, but if Kanter can find the open man midway through his move, he'd become pretty dangerous.
     
  10. BYE

    BYE Well-Known Member

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    Exactly! This will also start resulting in more Enes rebounds, but he did it against the Lakers as well!
     
  11. Stoked

    Stoked Modstapo Moderator

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    Well a couple times last night I saw Kanter kick it back out when he was trying to work his way in. That is a newer development and continues to prove to me that he is making great strides in his development. He is learning to keep his head up and eyes open when he is on the court.

    I am becoming a big fan of Kanter.
     
  12. BYE

    BYE Well-Known Member

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    Agreed! Also, if he can add any sort of a face up game/drive to the basket. He can already hit the occasional fade away etc.

    The main thing I have to keep reminding myself is that he is only 20 and has only been playing basketball for six years (14 right?)! He is getting better and more confident each year. He has already dominated NBA quality/starting bigs in spurts. He needs a lot of playing time to try new things.
     
  13. Dr. Jones

    Dr. Jones In pursuit of #9 Contributor

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    Kanter has a really good shot out to 20'. We'll start to see that in time, I have no doubt.

    I'm just glad to see his confidence coming back.. that, more than anything, is what he was lacking last season.
     
  14. addictionary

    addictionary Well-Known Member

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    I absolutely agree.
     
  15. orangello

    orangello Well-Known Member

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    Thank you. I'm so glad when people post things that can't be found on the box score. Wait..............
     
  16. Stoked

    Stoked Modstapo Moderator

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    I also really liked that all the way to the end of the game and until all the Jazz players left the court that Kanter was on his feet clapping, cheering and encouraging the guys from the sideline. He showed absolutely no fear of Howard and the Lakers tonight.

    I think he gets up for the games agaisnt the Lakers and enjoys beating them as much as we enjoy him beating them.
     
  17. franklin

    franklin Well-Known Member

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    Kanter pwned Jordan Hill & the corpse of a player formerly known as Antawn Jamison.
     
  18. Tarkanian

    Tarkanian Well-Known Member

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    I knew it!
    Kanter is a bust!
     
  19. fishonjazz

    fishonjazz Well-Known Member Contributor

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    And he played quite well against dwight howard as well.

    Basically he played great no matter who was on the floor for the opposition.
     
  20. LifeOnaPlate

    LifeOnaPlate Well-Known Member

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    someone quote me in their sig, for pete's sake
     

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