"Jazz poised for a turnaround"... What else can you say to try and sell
tickets? "Uh, it's a building year"..."They're still
young"..."NEXT year we'll be there"... Yawn....
I believe that Dennis Lindsey is doing a great job. The rules of the NBA
currently allow for wild swings in win numbers due to the ability of teams to
"play the game" of losing intentionally which is "tanking". The
draft lottery was an attempt to minimize this. There are 16 teams which make
the playoffs. Teams with losing records making the playoffs is not good.
However, tv rights and "t-shirt" sales are wild in number. If the NBA
wanted to be a common sense league, they would outlaw the dunk once again. It
won't happen and teams will continue to tank.
"Is Dante Exum going to beat out Trey Burke at point guard?"Initially Exum would be the backup to Burke, but he might well replace him as
the starter by February. The hype on Exum is sky-high and if he proves to be as
good as projected, the Jazz will have a tough time keeping him on the bench."Would Julius Randle move ahead of Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter on
the inside?"No. Randle, however, would be a great addition. He
would play along side them, but rarely with both at the same time. His skills
will draw a lot of attention and be a big help to Favors and Kanter. If the Jazz
end up with Randle, you can expect to see sizable increases in Favors and
Kanter's stats. I liken it to what happen when Hornacek joined the Jazz.
Malone and Stockton performed even better, because suddenly teams had to worry
about Jeff Hornacek."Are Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins good
enough to be starters from day one?"If Hayward leaves, Wiggins
or Parker will start from day one. They will beat out anybody who is currently
on the team.
The Jazz have been wallowing in a sea of mediocrity for about 15-16
years....Yes, they made the playoffs a few times, but generally didn't make
much of a splash other than the year when GSW knocked out Dallas in the first
round and gave the Jazz an easy path to the Conference finals....Dennis Lindsey
is here to get rid of the mediocrity, and he's doing a good job of building
a team which can contend....As we move into next season, we'll start to see
the fruits of his labor materialize. They might not win 30 games....Wins and
Losses are too "iffy"....but they'll be a better basketball
team.In my opinion, the only questionable call Mr. Lindsey made was
in allowing Tyrone Corbin to coach all these young players during this
all-important "experience" year...That could come back to bite him, but
at least he has now corrected that mistake.I look for a good coach,
a decent draft, andf a free agent or two...and bring on 2015!
@gehelmkeI agree with all your comments my brotha but I feel one other
Lindsey poor decision was to not resign Demarre Carroll last year. Other than
that I'm all on board with Lindsey.
Great breakdown rvalens.Only thing I would add--Even with Hayward, I
would want Jabari starting over Kanter at the 4. With Wiggins, they would have
to figure something out because he would need to be on the floor. I think Kanter
might be best off the bench.I don't think the Jazz should draft
Exum. I think he'll be very good, but I feel great about Burke and Neto as
the future PG's and they can play together in most games. With Burke's
catch and shoot ability, he can play the 2 on offense and can guard many
2's about as well as he does the point (which admittedly is not very well).
@AmericanvetI miss DeMarre Carroll too. He is the one guy I wanted
the Jazz to keep. But for whatever reason, Corbin decided he didn't want to
play Carroll much, even though good things almost always seemed to happen when
DeMarre was out on the court.DeMarre's stats with the Hawks
this year were very good. 2PointShot% .54% 3PointShot% .362 FreeThrow% .773
TotalRebounds: 403 (second only to Millsap) Steals: 108 (again second only to
Millsap)Carroll defense could have helped the Jazz out immensely
this past season. Why the Jazz let him go is beyond me. He would not have cost
that much to keep.
I'm enjoying watching the NBA playoffs because I can watch so many Jazz
@AlpinerHilarious comment, made my day! :o)Let's see if I
can name them all.Carlos Boozer (Chicago)Ronnie Brewer
(Chicago)DeMarre Carroll (Atlanta)Paul Millsap (Atlanta)Kyle
Korver (Atlanta)Deron Williams (Brooklyn)Andrei Kirilenko
(Brooklyn)Al Jefferson (Charlotte)Kosta Koufous (Memphis)Mo
Williams (Portland)Wesley Matthews (Portland)Earl Watson
(Portland)12 former Jazz players, did I leave anybody out?
Gotta say something I guess
If Hayward comes back the Jazz will make history for their biggest turnaround.