By watching his big-name teammates fight off pain and continue to hit the hardwood, Kanter said he picked up an important lesson during his first year in the NBA.
"Al and Paul and Derrick really took care of themselves this year and I learned from them a lot," said Kanter, prior to tipoff Tuesday against Phoenix.
Jazz forward Josh Howard and guard Raja Bell were active against the Suns.
The duo started 51 games this season but hadn't played in more than a month due to injuries.
Howard had long targeted the Phoenix game as his ideal return date, and he'll continue to ramp up his conditioning in the hope of helping Utah in the playoffs.
"I want to play as much as I can, but I really don't think that's going to happen that much, especially with the [good] chemistry," Howard said. "I'll be available if [coach] needs me. If not, I'll be down there cheering."
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin's work is drawing notice.
Suns coach Alvin Gentry said he spoke pregame with Corbin, and the Phoenix head man's impressed with what Utah's second-year coach has pulled off during a tough lockout season.
Entering Tuesday, the Jazz had gone 19-12 since Feb. 28, weathering the loss of several key role players.
"He did a great job of turning this thing [around] and winning games and getting them in a situation where they've got a chance to make the playoffs just like we do," Gentry said.