Utah Jazz: Youth Movement Providing Jazz Momentum Heading into Postseason

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IApril 25, 2012

Derrick Favors.
Derrick Favors.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

No one thought the Utah Jazz would be competing for a playoff spot this season. 

The Utah Jazz are looking to qualify for the playoffs and can sneak into the eighth and final playoff spot with a win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. The Suns will be paying the Jazz a visit at Energy Solutions Arena in what will be the most important game for both teams this season.

However, one thing that the Jazz have going for them is the consistent and reliable play from their younger players.

General manager Kevin O’Connor has provided head coach Tyrone Corbin with enough talent to get even better over time. The Jazz could be one of those teams that can rely on their youngsters to carry them for the next so many years.

The scary thing about their group of youngsters (Alec Burks, DeMarre Carroll, Jeremy Evans, Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter) is that they are only scratching the surface and are expected to get even better.

The Jazz also have an underrated frontcourt with Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap along with Devin Harris manning the point guard spot. This trio continues to be dominant on both the offensive and defensive sides of the basketball court and would be a very physical matchup in a playoff series for any opponent.

Hayward and Favors have been doing a good bit of impressing this season helping the Jazz win late games and therefore being in a position to clinch a playoff berth this season itself. Rookies Burks and Kanter have taken some time to adjust, but can be effective in short bursts.

At the end of the day, the Jazz are a team that can compete given the composition of their roster.