Utah Jazz: Regular Season Team Award Predictions

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 04: Rodney Hood #5 of the Utah Jazz drives against Andre Iguodala #9 and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Two of the NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 04: Rodney Hood #5 of the Utah Jazz drives against Andre Iguodala #9 and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Two of the NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Utah Jazz Derrick Favors Joe Ingles
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – JANUARY 10: Derrick Favors #15 of the Utah Jazz reacts to a play against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game on January 10, 2017 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Most Improved Player: Derrick Favors

The competition for the title of “Most Improved Player” on the Jazz will be up for grabs this upcoming season.  With the departure of two All-Star caliber talents in Gordon Hayward and George Hill, this team will be desperate for players to step up and fill the void.

I imagine the Jazz will approach this by using more of a “by committee” approach instead of expecting one player to pick up all the slack. However, if any one player can carry the burden left this offseason it is Derrick Favors.

 Runner-up: Rodney Hood

Since the day Gordon Hayward left, the spotlight has seemed to be on Rodney Hood to become a premier offensive weapon. I initially thought that Hood, at best, would be a 14-16 point per night kind of guy. However, his performance this preseason has led me to second guess those assumptions.

Rodney has looked smooth on the offensive end and seems to be able to score at will. Again, the competition has been sub-par at best (looking at you Phoenix), but the ease with which Hood has been able to score from various spots on the floor has been more than promising. I still think the lofty expectations on Hood may be a little high this year. Crossing my fingers that I am wrong.