Randy Hollis: Jazz season has had some 'Good' moments — but much more 'Bad' and 'Ugly'

Published: Tuesday, April 1 2014 9:10 p.m. MDT

The Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward, John Lucas III, Richard Jefferson and Jeremy Evans (left to right) in the final minutes as the Utah Jazz are defeated by the Detroit Pistons 114-94 in NBA basketball Monday, March 24, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY —

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

No, I'm not talking about that great old Spaghetti Western film from the late-1960s starring Clint Eastwood, who played the part of a steely-eyed cowboy who seldom spoke and let his guns do his talking for him.

Instead, I'm talking about the Good, the Bad and the Ugly moments of the 2013-14 Utah Jazz season, which has been much more of a shoot-'em-down experience than a shoot-'em-up movie. But hey, at least the aforementioned film was entertaining, memorable and had a terrific ending.

Let's face it — that's more than we can say for this can't-end-soon-enough Jazz campaign.

Oh, sure, there have been some "Good" moments, like the emergence of shooting guard Alec Burks, the establishment of Derrick Favors as a quality NBA big man, and ...

Home-court victories over two-time defending NBA champion Miami, as well as playoff-bound Oklahoma City (by double digits, no less) and Houston ...

Back-to-back, double-digit road wins over Sacramento and Denver ...

A very respectable two-month stretch from Dec. 11 to Feb. 12, when the Jazz actually went 15-14 overall ...

A three-game winning streak — their longest of the season — from Feb. 8-12, when they beat the Heat, the Lakers and Sixers (although, come on now, everybody beats the Lakers and Sixers this season) ...

A 21-point road win at Detroit ...

A 23-point victory over a solid Phoenix ballclub on Feb. 26 ...

A last-gasp victory over Orlando, on a game-winning dagger by Trey Burke, on March 22 and ...

They haven't won since.

Yes, they've pretty been "Bad" with a capital "B" and well, where do you start?

Maybe with Gordon Hayward, who's supposed to be their best all-around player.

Sure, he leads the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game and is second on the squad in assists. But the fourth-year shooting guard, who'll be a restricted free agent at season's end and is perhaps burdened by the fact that he's playing for his next contract, has shot just 41 percent from the field and has struggled through far too many 5-for-14 nights from the field this season.

Speaking of "Bad," how 'bout a frustrating 0-8 start to the regular season, which turned into a dismal 1-14, or ...

A stretch of six straight double-digit losses from Nov. 2-11, which included an 0-4 road trip where the Jazz lost twice in a row by 24 points and never by less than 10, followed by ...

A 19-point loss to Denver at EnergySolutions Arena, where they've gone just 15-22 thus far and are headed for their worst home-court record in more than two decades.

A woeful 8-30 road record that could wind up being their worst in more than 30 years.

Which brings us to "Ugly." Yep, there's definitely plenty of "Ugly" to go around, like a 32-point loss at Portland, and ...

A 33-point loss at Atlanta, and ...

A 26-point loss at Minnesota, followed three nights later by a 15-point loss to those same Timberwolves at ESA, and another 17-point home setback to the 'Wolves a month later, and ...

A 22-point loss at Dallas, and ...

A 20-point loss at Cleveland, and ...

A 26-point loss at Milwaukee, which is currently the last-place team in the Eastern Conference, and ...

A 27-point loss at New York, and ...

A 36-point loss at Houston, and ...

A 20-point loss — this one coming at home — against a Detroit team that won't even make the playoffs, and ...

OK, you get the point. Ugly, Ugly, and more Ugly ...

There's losing, and then there's losing badly, which this year's Jazz ballclub has obviously done far too much of in often embarrassing fashion.

Indeed, they've lost 19 of their last 23 games and 11 of their last 12, staggering to the finish line and into the NBA lottery while putting head coach Tyrone Corbin's job in serious jeopardy.

In all fairness, we all knew the Jazz were going to struggle this season, but Corbin was set up to fail with a young and inexperienced lineup devoid of any true star power.

Sure, he deserves some of the blame for his ballclub's putrid showing, but certainly not all of it.

But, with all those once-faithful Jazz fans now dressed up like empty seats at ESA these days, it might be difficult to win back their support if fans feel like next season is simply going to be more of the same.

That might be the most compelling reason to make a coaching change.

There is something "Good" to come out of this season, however.

For one thing, thanks to all the "Bad" and "Ugly," the Jazz are going to get a real good lottery pick, although as we've seen in this year's NCAA tournament, having one great player like Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) or Jabari Parker (Duke) is no guarantee your team will get to the Final Four, much less win a championship.

But adding a franchise player like that could certainly help push the Jazz back to a much more respectable level next season.

And, finally, the only other "Good" thing I can say about this season is, thankfully, it's almost over.

EMAIL: rhollis@desnews.com

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