Excellent post, Farmhand20. I think the real frustration for this past season
is that the Jazz have been in "sort-of" tank mode. The thing is, if
you're going to try to be good (like Hornacek's Suns), then do it
100%. And if you're going to be bad, be the worst! (like Milwaukee,
Philadelphia, and Boston). But doing things only part way will leave you stuck
in the middle, like the Jazz have been flirting with. Very
Great so now they are anti tanking? They should have been anti tanking the whole
season! This season was a waste!
Here is a little history for all of those who would rather see the Jazz win 2 or
3 extra games to end the season.1997 the Spurs ended the season
20-62 it was the third worst record. The Denver Nuggets had one more win that
season at 21-61 and ended with the 4th worst record. Spurs had some luck and
won the draft lottery, the Nuggets with one more win ended up getting the 5th
pick. The Spurs get Tim Duncan and the rest is history. If anyone thinks the
Spurs win multiple championships, and become a dynasty without Tim Duncan, then
I've got some beachfront property out here in the Uintah Basin I will sell
you. With all things being equal, does anyone think Denver is glad they won one
more game than the Spurs that year and ended up with the #5 pick (Tony Battie)?
Will anyone from this years draft become superstars ? Hard to say, but I think
the odds are much better with players like Wiggins, or Parker.
I guess if you consider finishing the season 6-18 as strong as opposed to 2-22
as not strong, then that explains the current situation the franchise is in.
Whether the Jazz like it or not, they are already in the tank, and the only
thing they are doing now if they "win and finish strong", is giving
other teams in the tank with them a little hope and breathing room for the
future, via a better draft pick. At least better odds of a better draft pick.
If the Jazz had as much determination and gumption in wanting to win during the
entire season, as they seem to have now, they might not be in the tank.
I wish the rest of the teams in the NBA were as ethical as the Jazz.The NBA needs to develop a better system for distributing the draft picks.
Constantly rewarding mediocrity with a high draft picks and teams deliberately
tanking their seasons, needs to carry some sort of penalty ... not reward.
I was hoping they were tanking instead of just being that awful.