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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 13 2013 12:50 p.m. MDT

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Jimbo Low
PLEASANT GROVE, UT

I am not sure you could say our offseason was more interesting than Brooklyn--I doubt the New Yorkers would agree.

Jared Bray and a few homers think we are the most interesting story, but other than moving up to get a pick, letting the established veterans walk and getting some GS Warrior has-beens--what was that interesting nationally?

Don't get me wrong--I love the youth movement and the ultimate direction of the franchise but I really think no one will pay much attention to the Jazz (or the Suns or the Pelicans or the Hawks or the Bucks or the....) until we get good.

TerryHaimes
Sturgis, MS

When the Jazz let Millsap walk and brought Malone in to tutor, they believed that Kantor and Favors could put up 30 plus a night and if the offense goes through Hayward, I believe they are right. There are two things that can keep this team out of the playoffs, injuries and Corbin. Point guard play will determine whether or not the Jazz are contenders.

Americanvet
Ivins, UT

@TerryHaimes
30 plus a night would be league scoring champion numbers. I personally don't see any Jazz players coming close to that. I think Hayward will be the team leading scorer and possibly a 20 point a night guy. What I really hope to see is a well rounded team with multiple players scoring double figures. I think we can pass that 28 win total that was projected in the article, but maybe not too many more than that. I'm ok with that though because nobody should really be expecting the team to have a lot of wins this season. Maybe a couple of years down the road.

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

Sad to see the Jazz throwing the team under the bus this season.

Halfway through the season the team will be hanging heads and wondering who they can blame.

I am sure Hayward can make "20" points per night...really does anyone think that has an ounce of truth in it? There might be lots of hope but that is as far as substance will go.

The teams in the NBA who are actually fielding teams this year will make this group look like the glorified high school team they are.

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

Seems to me that the Jazz had 23 million left to spend and they bought 3 washed up players.

The Jazz now seem to be more about accounting and numbers rather than basketball.

Don19
St. George, UT

It drives me crazy to read some of the comments on this article. Can you not see what the Jazz are working towards? They have no intention of bringing the GS guys back after this season. I think Corbin will give them more minutes then they should have, but we are giving our young core the time they deserve now. We had to meet the salary requirements so we traded for 3 guys that could fill the void. We won't be a good team this year but that is just fine. If we get a really good player in the draft next year and also have some cap room to sign 1-2 good free agents NEXT year, we will be a really good, loaded team. Anyone who thinks the Jazz organization are expecting to make a run at it THIS year is foolish. If we get a star in next years draft then we set up to have a run like OKC.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

@Americanvet:

It seems pretty obvious that TerryHaimes meant the COMBINATION of Kantor and Favors putting up 30 points per night... not individually, and assuming the offense goes through Hayward. No one anywhere is expecting any Jazz player to up individual league leading scoring averages.

John Wicks
Salt Lake City, UT

This team is a complete joke. 15 wins maybe. Good job Lindsey.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

@John Wicks:

If you have been following the Jazz team at all, you would understand by now that management's plan is to build for the future with the idea that it will take a few years to become serious contenders. Almost no one is expecting really big things out of the team this year, and that's OK. But even so, your 15 win prediction is unjustifiably pessimistic. 30 wins would be more realistic... with that number going up each year over the next several years. It's actually not a bad plan at all.
If you had been reading the comment sections of Jazz articles, you would know by now that most Jazz fans are in favor of this plan and are supporting it... myself included. Kudos to Lindsey.

Tenn12
Orem, UT

Doug10, what would you have liked the Jazz to do? Bring back Paul and Al to continually get out hustled and outplayed throughout the season? Bring them back and stunt the growth of your young guys that have way more potential? We know the ceiling of Al and Paul and it was not good. I'm just curious what you think they should have done because there is no question to me that what they are doing is their best option.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

It seems like there are fans...that are willing to take the chance...and there are others who are already fine with a playoff team...but not good enough to win it all...i mean really...with Big Al or Paul Millsap....we won't get anywhere close...or people just cant accept that you sometimes need to be at the bottom...to reach the top...the Clippers are now a playoff team....but i am sure they won't win the Championship....Golden State...just got back at the playoffs last year...but how many losing and mediocre seasons did it take for them to get back?...Brooklyn nets...OKC....alot of the teams that are now in the playoffs...are at some point...were bottom feeders...just accept change and let it be...if you don't want to support the team then don't...If they do succeed....and you come back...call yourself a bandwagoner then...

Captain L
Provo, UT

To me those who are whining and complaining and criticizing the Jazz FO for the way they are doing things don't see or understand that in order to get better and not be just satisfied to make the playoffs and be a 6,7 or 8 seed that we had to let the vets go and run with the young players who have much more potential. It is frustrating to see and hear these complaints, it shows ignorance IMO and those who are complaining are definitely fair weather fans. What the Jazz FO is doing shows courage, smarts and understanding of what it takes to really improve and give yourselves a chance to contend against the best in the league.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

@Captain L

Agree with you 100%

UkJazz
W-Ton, Uk

I for one am looking forward to this new season. Talented but ultimately limited players have gone and now is the time for the youth to show up. Defense will improve & if Hayward or somebody else can be the "go to guy" down the stretch I sure 30+ wins will be achieved.

Remember people the one constant in life is change, so pls embrace this one and let's see what happens.

Real Bass
Idaho Falls, ID

In a word...NO. Not this year or next!

AFCoug
Colorado Springs, CO

I believe nearly every media outlets are underestimating the Jazz. We are talking about 2, #3 picks; 2, #9 picks; and 1, #11 pick as the starting 5. They certainly have talent! Expect Kanter and Favors to avg at least 30 pts between them and play much better defensively. Burks if off the charts athletically gifted and will show that in spades this year. Burke is a big ? but hopefully he turns into the next Chris Paul (undersized fast PG), or at least Ty Lawson!

Expect the Jazz to surprise and just miss the playoffs. There are to many teams better in the West. Trust me when I say we did not lose much in our starting 5 over last years starting 5. Our bench is not deep but expect Rush and Gobert to make a difference and don't be surprised if Jefferson gains some of his NJ days form.

Jazz are fine going forward. Biggest concern is if they play to well and take the team out of a good draft next year. Maybe they trade up with all the picks they stock-piled!

louisiana jazz man
Dubach, LA

utah jazz are not okc. they may go to the bottom but it won't be to get to the top. they don't have durrant westbrook hardin iboka. they could get the first pick in the draft next year ( and they won't ) and still be on the bottom. there was a reason millsap and al did all the scoring. they were the best players. you don't get rid of your best two players and get better unless you sign some who are better. they spent more money on players that are worse. how is that getting better? i guess gordon and favors will get better next year with worse players around them? wake up and smell the roses. all the fans been hollering to start favors for two years well they heard you. favors kanter gordon burke burks. no bench. looks like the making of a title run

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

@louisiana jazz man

you just don't understand...if you're best players are mediocre players what do you get? a mediocre team...i guess what you want is a mediocre team good enough for a playoff spot...and not really contending...oh and by the way if you are going the players...make sure they are on the right team...Harden is in Houston....you need to wake up and accept the change....oh favors is in the league for four years...not two

SlopJ30
St Louis, MO

It's been said over and over by those that know the sport of pro basketball . . the worst place to be is middle-of-the-pack for long periods. The Jazz with their previous core were maybe a 6 seed, IF everything fell their way. Maybe they get through one round of playoffs and that's a huge "maybe."

That doesn't interest me, and if it interests you, why? As painful as it might turn out to be for a year or two, blowing things up now and rebuilding is the only logical choice. So your record suffers for a year or two. So you overpay a couple of stiffs for a year. So your young guys struggle to become studs. Unless you expect a superstar to come knocking on the Miller's door or the Jazz to land another Mailman in the middle of the 1st round, this is what you do.

Hey, it will take some luck, no doubt. But it might work out. What are the chances the team was going to contend with Al and 'Sap as their big dawgs?

Brahmabull
sandy, ut

there is no chance the jazz make the playoffs. There is no chance Favors or Kanter average close to 15 points a game. There is not chance the jazz will be good next year.

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