Utah Jazz: Players won't predict number of wins

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  • Samwise Hobbiton, The Shire
    Oct. 27, 2010 12:19 a.m.

    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 today)

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    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!!

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Oct. 26, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    Re: Captain L

    Great 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.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 5:52 p.m.

    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.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Oct. 26, 2010 3:38 p.m.

    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.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 3:14 p.m.

    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!

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 1:18 p.m.

    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.

  • dhsalum Saint George, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 12:16 p.m.

    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.

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Oct. 26, 2010 12:16 p.m.

    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

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Oct. 26, 2010 11:41 a.m.

    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.

  • LKA Tremonton, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 9:37 a.m.

    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..

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 9:27 a.m.

    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!!

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    Oct. 26, 2010 8:49 a.m.

    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

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 8:25 a.m.

    We lost Koufus? Hmmm... I didn't even notice!

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Oct. 26, 2010 7:55 a.m.

    Speaking of Koufos where is he?