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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
@coleman51i agree..not all superstars come into the league as
stars...there are exceptions...but for guys like hibbert...and paul george...it
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 team...it drives the competition up even more...since
anyone...can claim their spot in this team...