Rumor has it that Jefferson has fervently been working out in Santa Barbara since May. There were times on the defensive end of the court in his first year with the Jazz that he was soft, not as much as Boozer, but Jazz fans hoped for a nastier presence on defense from Jefferson.
Hopefully, the private workouts will lead to more toughness from Jefferson down low. He did prove to be dependable and durable as he played all 82 games last season.
Jefferson's ability to get nastier on defense this season will go a long way to setting a tone of toughness for the young players. The players who stand to gain the most from that example will be Jeremy Evans and Gordon Hayward.
Both players did a solid job in the minutes they were provided as offensive threats. Hayward shot extremely well at a 48 percent clip from the field and 47 percent from the arc in the 17 minutes a game of playing time he averaged, which ultimately led to 17 starts in his rookie year.
Evans shot an incredible 66 percent from the field, with most of those scores coming on alley-oop dunks from Earl Watson.
Referred to by Jazz commentator Matt Harpring as the Human Pogo Stick, Evans literally elevated the excitement level at Energy Solutions Arena with his leaping ability and "No He Didn't!" type plays.
The problem for both Hayward and Evans is they are slender players, with Hayward barely tipping 200 lbs. and Evans at what seems like a highly exaggerated 196 lbs.
If Jefferson can set a nastier defensive tone, these two players, despite their more slender frames, stand to benefit.