This is going to be a strange offseason for the Utah Jazz. The fans were told
that this was NOT a rebuilding year, yet we have so many signs of teams that are
rebuilding: 1) we can't play hard for 48 minutes, 2) need to feel good
after losing the games we should have won, and 3) horrible defense down the
stretch.I'm a fan of the youth we are grooming--and I wish we
had played them minutes long before we started playing them, as it was blatantly
obvious our "veteran" players were not going to be the difference
between playoffs and not.But it will be a fine line this offseason
working with our young talent, telling them it's okay we didn't make
the playoffs even though we're not rebuilding.
Another 3 pt barrage dooms the Jazz.
Well, it lasted a lot longer than I expected -- the playoff run, that is. At
the beginning of the season I had the Jazz pegged for 23-25 wins (wasn't as
optimistic as you, Xert -- your prediction was right on!). But, as Xert pointed
out, the team has been trying to do this with a lot of first and second year
players. These for the most part have done well. Hayward has really blossomed,
Favors has been coming on lately. Burks has had ups and downs but mostly ups.
Kanter hasn't developed as quickly as I expected.Millsap is the
heart and soul of this team, and in the prime of his career. He is rock-tough
and the closest thing to a clutch player on the team. Anyone still want to
trade him? Jefferson keeps the team in a lot of games with his point
production; will not comment on his feeble defense. Even so, he has been an
upgrade over Boozer.Harris, despite his recent flurries, should
probably be replaced. And I've been a fan of C.J. for six years -- but no
more.Thanks, guys, for keeping me entertained longer than I
@ scalmanI like your comment. It makes some sense out of all the playing
time Al and Devin have been given. I would like to see the lineup you mentioned
finish out the year as well. They are the future of this team, let's get on
@ B Russ: I don't think the Jazz are settling for anything. I think that
Corbin was influenced by management to play Jefferson and Harris more than he
might have otherwise to increase their trade worthiness. Both players have
bigger upsides (especially Jefferson) offensively, but, as you pointed out, are
weak defenders. I see Jefferson, Harris and CJ going in trades this off season.
I would like to see the following lineup end the season: Burks at PG, Hayward at
SG, Millsap at SF, Favors at C and Kanter at PF. I would like to see the same
lineup start next season, unless the Jazz can pick up Goran Dragic as a free
agent. That would put Burks in a sixth-man role.
Turn out the lights, the parties over. That said--I love this team and DO NOT
want some weird overhaul. This is an incredibly young team that is relying
heavily on rookies and second year players to make lots of contribution and few
mistakes. These guys work so hard that this will improve without question. I
predicted two games over 500 at the beginning of the season and it looks like I
might have been right. But anyone who tries to tell me these guys don't
play their guts out or that they will not be improved with seasoning and adding
one more outside shooter--is wrong.
I thought that the analsyis by Mr. Gennessy was very "right on". If you
can't "hold the mayo", then the sandwich is not going to be very
Until the Jazz address a couple of defensive weaknesses with the starting five.
This team will barely sniff the playoffs. This goal of the organization to shoot
for the 8th seed in the playoffs every year is very disturbing. I say replace
the defensive liabilities ( Al, Devin and CJ come to mind ) and go for it all.
Sad, but predictable. I like this team, but I would rather have the lottery
pick than look forward to a 4 game sweep by OKC or the Spurs.
Game. Set. Match.Time to look forward to the lottery.