50+ wins. It will be a tight race, so I predict they will get anywhere from the
7th to the 3rd seed in the west. I also predict another 1st round win, and if
they don't meet the Lakers in the second round, likely will even get past round
2. Go Jazz! Can't wait for the 1st game tomorrow! (or I guess technically later
Honestly, I think the Jazz will miss Wes Mathews. I think Bell was a decent pick
up to try and replace him, but the 2 spot is a big question mark. I hope Bell
proves me wrong, he has before. GO JAZZ!!
Re: Captain LGreat analysis ... this years team IS going to be much
better than last years. How much? We will have to wait to find out. However, I
agree with you, the Jazz will be knocking on 60 wins, whether or not they reach
it depends on too many factors. If everyone stays healthy the Jazz will be tough
to beat.I haven't been this optimistic about the Jazz chances in
years. However, I like what I see, everyone looks better including Fesenko.The only guy I'm going to really miss from last year's team is Matthews.
RE Houdini: Good to see you back on the board. Didn't take you long to go after
CJMiles though. His comments are quite often over the top though.I think
this team is better than last years team, of course time will tell but I like
Big Al better than Booz, Hayward is a better all around player than Korver, I
like Bell over Mathews, better outside shooter, more respected defensive player,
vet. leadership, Watson & Elson vet leadership and toughness, quality players,
Fes is improving, Evans brings some intangibles, hustle, smart, CJ should be
better and provide good scoring as the 6th man. DWill Allstar, AK may be the X
factor, if he can stay healthy it will make a big difference.Depending on
injuries I could see 56 to 58 wins. I think the Jazz still have a good
number of core players left and that shouldn't be a problem.I agree with
byronbca and JFFR in that OKC is over rated, Portland has to get healthy before
they can be considered a challenge.Looks like it could be a very fun year,
let's hope everyone keeps improving.
Houdini: I think they will get it done. Chemistry is the most important thing
when it comes to a team. Utah has a different feel this year over the years
Boozer was here. Boozer will never be a team player or a guy who his teammates
can trust. Boozer has zero character. Just with him gone and Jefferson in,
that's 5 - 10 wins, because Jefferson wants to be in Utah. The only cancer now
is AK and he is manageable. Outside of injury, I am sticking to my 60 wins due
to the Jazz improvement on the road and at home this year. Dwill wants to prove
he belongs with the elite in the league. Core guys don't matter as
much as chemistry. Both the Lakers and Boston brought in new guys and won it
the same year. Miami has a great chance to do the same this year. Veteran
leadership is more important than core group of guys.
byronbca is right. Everyone is high on OKC, but Durant can score 35 points a
night and it won't matter until they have some legit bigmen. Everyone is really high on this Jazz team. I think David Locke nailed it when
he said part of him feels they will be #2 in the west but another part of him
believes they will be fighting for the 8th spot.Why is it that all
of a sudden Jazz fans forgot about the value of having a core group of guys? I
think this team is gonna have some struggles this year and just like every year
there will be WEEKS when everyone hates KOC and probably will think Big Al is a
waste (the truth is, he is gonna have to play the best basketball of his career
if we are going to love him. He isn't better than Boozer yet.)60
wins? I say there is not chance they get it done this year, but if AK comes
back next year and Big Al starts to fit in... well then we are talkin!
Everyone is jumping on the OKC train just like they jumped on the N.O. and
Portland trains, yet none of those teams have a first round playoff victory or
have even earned home court.OKC had 4 starters play all 82 games
last season, that wont happen again. OKC came out of nowhere last year and were
often overlooked by teams, that wont happen again either. Lets see how well they
do with a target on their chest. They'll be a better team but to say they'll
challenge for the #1 or 2 seed, come on. They haven't done anything.As for Portland, that team is already imploding, Roy has peaked, and they're
the most injured team in the league. Not exactly recopies for home court
advantage in the playoffs.Here are my predictions: LA coasts in the
regular season and does not get the #1 seed. Neither OKC nor POR get home court
in the first round and the Jazz finish in the top 3.
About 58 wins and the western conference finals. Hopefully, the two preseason
wins werent flukes and the added length of AJ, Bell, Hayward and AK back will
FINALLY put us past the lakers and into the finals.
Miles come now..Bell an upgrade on O and D over Matthews? Win 60 and go to
finals! I KNOW you`re just trying to get the natives going
I think the Jazz will win 60 games this year. They are going to improve
drastically on the road and only lose 5 home games all year. This team is
focused and with Boozer gone there is no desease in the the locker room unless
AK has a mental breakdown again.Bell is an improvement over Matthews
on the defensive end and offensive end. Jefferson is a huge improvement over
Boozer on the defensive end. Anyone on the team is an improvement on defense
over Korver. Millsap and CJ will pick up the scoring and both will play better
defense this year. Dwill will be All NBA this year. This team is going to the
finals for sure.
The goal for all 30 teams should be to win the championship title. Leave it at
that and shoot towards that goal and non other..
Staying focused on a game to game basis is the key. It is a long season. Great
teams learn how to weather storms and if this team stays focused we could be
playing ball in June. I think this year you will see how important it is to have
a Hall of Fame coach guiding this team.GO JAZZ!!
It`ll take 50+ to get in this year,I agree with the article we are probably
behind Oak City and Portland.We lost 3,really 4 (counting Ronnie B) regular
rotation guys,picked up 2,Jefferson and Bell.Raja is older,wonder how much he
really has left.We are gonna miss Matthews a whole bunch.I can see us winning
53-55 and fighting for 5-8 spot
We lost Koufus? Hmmm... I didn't even notice!
Speaking of Koufos where is he?