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.
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.
@TerryHaimes30 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.
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.
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.
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
@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.
This team is a complete joke. 15 wins maybe. Good job Lindsey.
@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.
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.
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...
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.
@Captain LAgree with you 100%
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
In a word...NO. Not this year or next!
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!
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
@louisiana jazz manyou 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
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?
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.
@Brahmabulli guess you don't know your basketball then...i
think Either Enes or Favors would average at least 15 a game...no playoffs? it
is fine...how many losing seasons did it take OKC to reach the finals?....now
don't tell me that its because they have KD and Westbrook....as far as i
know...basketball is a team sport...and last time i checked the last time
detroit won it all...there wasnt a sure fire superstar on that roster....its a
matter of knowing your role and be the best at it...its kind of funny that you
always flame on these comment sections...if you dont like the team...don't
watch them...and i am sure you won't just don't come back once they
start winning...but all of us faithful fans will be patiently waiting 2-3 years
when that happens...