Brad Rock: This year's Jazz not high on the star chart

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  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Sept. 30, 2013 5:35 p.m.


    i agree..not all superstars come into the league as stars...there are exceptions...but for guys like hibbert...and paul took them an opportunity...and hard work...when hibbert was in the league...he wasnt that good...but he break out during last year's playoffs...and i think with this drives the competition up even more...since anyone...can claim their spot in this team...

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    I guess the worst case scenario is as Mortoon suggests that the Jazz miss the playoffs but are god enough that they don't get that high draft pick next year. We have accumulated multiple picks and we might still be able to trade up, but it would probably be hard to get into the top 5. I guess the best scenario is that the Jazz shock the world and with the current cast of young guys just take off and become competitive very quickly. My 2nd best scenario is that we find 2 or 3 of our young guys live up to expectations, but we don't win many games and then next year add that great player from the draft and some quality free agents. This scenario requires more patience and we will have to listen to all the negative nellies bellyache for a whole year but it will still be worth it in the long run.

  • idaho cougar fan Twin Falls, ID
    Sept. 30, 2013 12:43 p.m.

    I, for one, am excited about the direction of the team. Develop are players, possible get a high draft pick. Anywhere in the top 5 in next years draft you'll get a really good player. If they are lucky to get into the top 2, they might be getting a future superstar. Good days are ahead for the Jazz, anything more than 30 wins this year is extra gravy.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 10:00 a.m.

    The Jazz are a very young team without proven court time amongst the remaining players. That means they will NOT win many games. Period. You just don't skip steps in the NBA. Improvement is gradual and progressive. Kevin Durrant was awful his first couple of seasons. Horrible win totals and horrible shooting %'s. They let him play through it and he gained confidence. I'm not saying we have a Durrant just demonstrating their is a progression with young talent whether they are good/great or elite.

    Some of our guys will not pan out and will get traded away but we will find out who they are and then use the boat loads of cap space to acquire talent that can mesh with the remaining players who prove themselves. This roster is not what Lindsey believes is a finalized championship roster, just a step to determining who is legit and who isn't and this is the only way to do it.

    Just adjust your expectations and enjoy the ride. Sure it will be frustrating but at least their is upside potential. With Jefferson and Millsap the team already achieved their ceiling which was fringe playoffs. No thanks.

  • Mortoon Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 29, 2013 6:42 p.m.

    Jazz wont make playoffs, won't win.500, and sadly won't get the ping pong balls we néed to pull out of this tailspin.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Sept. 29, 2013 5:43 a.m.

    You mentioned that the Indiana Pacers thrive with no super-stars. What about Roy Hibbert and Paul George (who was taken after Gordon Hayward in the same draft year). Super-stars don't just come out of the woodwork, they are developed. The Jazz are in a perfect position to develop that type of player. Would you trade any of our young talent for a Kobe Bryant? I would hope no Jazz fan would be that stupid. I think that Dennis Lindsey does have a plan. Even if we don't make the playoffs, there is a very deep and richly talented draft next year with potential super-star talent at several positions. We are a small market franchise and will not get any super-star free agent. Look at Houston with their young club centered around James Harden. They developed their team from a core of young players and likely will be very competitive in the Western Conference for several years. We can do the same if we are focused on the long-term.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Sept. 28, 2013 5:17 p.m.

    I don't think that the Jazz need additional help to match their win total of last year. I think that they will be right there, close or barely into the playoffs. Check out the LA Times article about the Lakers and their major concerns because of age and Kobe coming back off achilles tendon surgery. The young Jazz will be coming on during the latter part of the season as other teams start to rest their aging starters more and more. Let's hear more about Rudy Gobert. I think he will make the Jazz front court especially formidable, partly due to Kanter having foul trouble at times and needing a good backup.