I'm okay with what the Jazz have pretty much. I disagree with the idea of
the team changing to avoid stagnation. This group seems to be plenty motivated
to improve and to improve stagnation. With both Golden State and Houston still
head and shoulders above them, and Portland being neck-and-neck, there should be
plenty of motivation right there to "get better", tighter, more
defensive and more winning.
Same team would be OK
@JBQWhere to begin
Hayward isn’t a power
forward. AK was. In today’s NBA AK would be a max player.
Long, athletic, plays great defense, great passer, could shoot the three. He was
an outlier in his time, and 4s couldn’t guard him. Today he would be a
perfect fit with the Warriors, Rockets, Portland, Celtics — and Jazz
— and was a perfect fit for the Jazz until they signed Boozer. When the Jazz signed Boozer they made a huge, predictable mistake. They signed
a selfish player with no integrity who only cared about stats and money, not
winning (otherwise he would’ve stayed in Cleveland To play with the best
player of his era, LeBron James, and Cleveland would’ve racked up some
championships). Instead, he broke his word, and signed for more money in Utah
and sucked up possessions — AK’s possessions. If the jazz
would’ve never signed Boozer AK would’ve still been AK, and the Jazz
would have been just as good as they were with Boozer, maybe better. AK was the opposite of selfish. Played hard and filled the stat sheet. Boozer
played one end of the floor. The Jazz moved an All-Star from his best position
and then acted shocked when it didn’t work.
Without a key player to add, the Jazz won't make it past the second round
at best. The Jazz will likely win more games next year barring
injury. I could see the Jazz improve with the team as currently constructed and
win 55 games. That said, a 3 seed is the best the Jazz can do with Houston and
Golden State in the West. Only a big time addition this offseason
for Utah gives them a chance to move deeper in the playoffs. And that is still a
long shot in the Western Conference.
AK-47 was a fantastic personality and a great player until he signed for the big
bucks. There have to be performance incentives of some type. Derrick has shown
signs of this same type of behavior. NBA contracts are guaranteed and remove a
lot of incentive. ---Donovan is one of a kind. There is some type of inner will
to succeed on his part. Mom did a great job with her "little boy".---
Donovan is a lot like Karl. Karl was also all but indestructible. If Donovan
goes down, the team goes down with him.---The team has to bring in other
"spare parts". It is nice to advertise on the back of the "kiddie
corps". Donovan is hiding a lot of major flaws with his joie de vivre.---
The team needs to continue development or they risk stagnation. There is a known
need for a "shoot off the dribble" power forward like Hayward or
Mirotic. They need another star or they risk being a "shooting star"
across the night sky.
It is good to know that they are not afraid to go over the salary cap. Larry
wouldn't do it. The Bulls paid the extra money and won the championships.
I like where the Jazz are, and the direction they are headed in. I really think
that injuries in the playoffs really hurt the Jazz. I think that some of the
bench players stepped up, but like Dennis said, "a little improvement here
and there will make a big difference. One of those "little"
improvements needs to be in better free throw shooting. They were beat from the
free throw line, percentage wise, in every game they played this year. However,
this team will be even better next year, now that they have a year playing
together. I can't wait for next season!