Utah Jazz: 300-1
It feels like the Utah Jazz, now entering their fourth full season because the Deron Williams transaction changed the roster’s framework, should have taken the proverbial next step by now.
Derrick Favors ought to have morphed to an elite warden of this paint, Enes Kanter must have become a consistent starter and Gordon Hayward–he of the hefty four-year, $63 million contract–ought to be knocking on stardom’s door. Instead, the improvements have been marginal, the advancement fraught with setbacks.
Fortunately, another wave of gift is ready to overtake the one which showed up shortly following the Williams deal. Frenchman Rudy Gobert will become the Roy Hibbert, also Dante Exum may be Utah’s next superstar.
Or, both might struggle through the fits and starts as Hayward, Kanter and Favors. You can never be sure.
One certainty: Alec Burks is a guy that is terrible. And also a second: Quin Snyder disturbs me.
In case Tyrone Corbin was hindering progress, maybe his dismissal will alter matters. New head coach Quin Snyder has proven some innovative touches throughout the preseason, and the Jazz are getting better looks. Even though they’re still shooting roughly 19 threes per game (directly across the amount they taken last year)they rank first among all preseason squads in long-distance accuracy with a trendy 37.1 percent.
This season is begun by the wave of the youth movement. There will be no title talk, and the playoffs are a pipe dream. But there’s no shortage of potential.
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