Ranking the best rookie seasons in Utah Jazz history (16 items)
Even though the Jazz have come to the end of a less than impressive season, there have been plenty of bright spots along the way. Derrick Favors proved that he deserves major minutes for Utah in the future while setting career-highs in scoring, rebounding and assists in 30 minutes a game. Alec Burks showed that he has the ability to score no matter who the Jazz are facing and nearly doubled his career-high in scoring average by putting up 14 points a night.
Gordon Hayward showed that he is a solid all-around player who can score, find the open man and hit the glass. Enes Kanter has displayed plenty of skill on the offensive end of the floor and has shown that he has learned much from his time behind Al Jefferson.
The big bright spot on the season has been the play of point guard Trey Burke. After a brutal summer and an early season injury, Burke showed why the Jazz brass traded up to get his services. In fact, his year was so impressive that his first season with the Jazz ranks among the best rookie campaigns in Utah Jazz history.
Here is a look at the best rookie seasons for Jazz players since they moved to Utah.
Note: Derrick Favors was named NBA All-Rookie second team after a solid rookie campaign, but since he only played 22 games with the Jazz after being traded from the New Jersey Nets, he does not make the list. All stats are from Basketball-reference.com
1 of 16. 15 tie. Raul Lopez:
2 of 16. 15 tie. Bryon Russell:
3 of 16. 14. Paul Millsap:
4 of 16. 13. Wesley Matthews:
Matthews also started all 10 Jazz playoff games and upped his averages to 13.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.8 steals a contest.