Jeffrey D Allred, Deseret News
Utah Jazz players huddle prior to playing Portland in Salt Lake City Thursday, April 26, 2012.

After a non-start and a late deal with the NBA lockout, the Utah Jazz sprinted through the shortened season full of surprises and young talent, Matt Harpring wrote at

"Jazz started the season off on the road and were dealt some disappointing losses," Harpring wrote. "Jazz fans were tested and even more people jumped on the 'Jazz are even worse than we thought' bandwagon. The team stayed together and Coach Ty Corbin did an excellent job in making his young team believe they could win."

According to Harpring, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson carried the Jazz, while Gordon Hayward and Devin Harris came alive and finished "extremely strong." Harpring also had praise for Derrick Favors, Alec Burks, Enes Kanter, Raja Bell, Earl Watson, Josh Howard, C.J. Miles and Jamaal Tinsley.

"The Jazz finished the year at a 36-30 record and surpassed all expectations," Harpring wrote. "Overachieving? Yeah probably. But they proved to the basketball world that they aren't a fluke.