Utah Jazz: Too good to tank and not good enough to win it all

Utah Jazz coach Will Hardy watches the action against the Memphis Grizzlies in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. The first-year Jazz coach has done a masterful job in guiding this Utah team. Perhaps too masterful.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

It started when the Utah Jazz opened up the season with a shocking 4-1 record. When the Jazz were on the road, opposing team beat reporters, staffers, players, members of the coaching and front office staff of the opposing team would approach me and say things like:

“Well this has been interesting.”
“I bet this isn’t what you were expecting.”

Then the Jazz shocked everyone when they were atop the Western Conference with a 10-3 record and the remarks continued, but were more inquisitive about the future:

“Is this what tanking looks like?”
“Do you think this is sustainable?”
“What’s going on?”
“What are they going to do?”

My canned answer for everyone has been that yes, the Jazz’s start is unexpected, but I don’t know what’s going to happen, and that’s true. Here though, I hope to explain why the Jazz are in such a unique position and how every avenue has its pros and cons.

First of all, I fully expected for this Jazz team to be a tanking team. They traded away four starters, including Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, two decorated and incredible basketball players.

They also got rid of Bojan Bogdanovic, one of the most reliable and consistent players in the league, capable of dropping 40 on any given night, and Royce O’Neale, who, although he …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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