It seems just like the Utah Jazz, now entering their fourth full season because the Deron Williams transaction altered the roster’s framework, should have obtained the proverbial next measure by now.
Derrick Favors should have morphed into an elite warden of the paint, Enes Kanter must have turned into a constant starter and Gordon Hayward–he of this hefty four-year, $63 million contract–should be knocking on stardom’s doorway. Instead, the improvements are marginal, the advancement filled with setbacks.
Fortunately, a different wave of gift is ready to overtake the one that showed up shortly following the Williams deal. Frenchman Rudy Gobert will turn into the Roy Hibbert, and Dante Exum could be the next celebrity of Utah.
Or, both may struggle through the fits and starts as Favors, Kanter and Hayward. You can never be sure.
1 certainty: Alec Burks is a man that is terrible. Along with a second: Quin Snyder scares me.
In case Tyrone Corbin was hindering advancement, maybe his dismissal will change things. New head coach Quin Snyder has shown some innovative touches throughout the preseason, and the Jazz are becoming better appearances. Though they’re still shooting about 19 threes per game (right across the number they shot last year), they rank sixth among all preseason squads in long-distance accuracy with a trendy 37.1 percent.
This year is begun by this youth movement’s wave. There will not be a title talk, and the playoffs are a pipe dream. But there is no shortage of potential.
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