It feels like the Utah Jazz, now entering their fourth full season because the Deron Williams transaction altered the roster’s frame, should have obtained the proverbial next measure by now.
Derrick Favors should have morphed into an elite warden of this paint, Enes Kanter should have become a constant starter and Gordon Hayward–he of the hefty four-year, $63 million contract–ought to be knocking on stardom’s door. Instead, the advancements have been marginal, the progress fraught with setbacks.
Fortunately, a different wave of gift is ready to overtake the one which showed up shortly after the Williams deal. Frenchman Rudy Gobert could turn into the Roy Hibbert, also Dante Exum could be the next celebrity of Utah.
Or, both might struggle through the same fits and starts as Kanter Favors and Hayward. You can never be certain.
One certainty: Alec Burks is a man. Along with also a second: Quin Snyder disturbs me.
If Tyrone Corbin was hindering progress, perhaps his dismissal will change things. New head coach Quin Snyder has shown some innovative touches during the preseason, and the Jazz are becoming better looks. Though they’re still shooting roughly 19 threes per game (right around the number they taken last year), they rank first among all preseason squads in long-distance precision with a cool 37.1 percent.
The youth movement’s wave starts this year. There’ll be no name talk, and the playoffs are a pipe dream. But there is no shortage of potential.
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