It feels just like the Utah Jazz, now entering their fourth full season because the Deron Williams transaction altered the roster’s frame, should have taken the proverbial next measure by now.
Derrick Favors ought to have morphed to an elite warden of the paint, Enes Kanter must 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 improvements have been marginal, the advancement fraught with setbacks.
As luck would have it, a different wave of gift is prepared to overtake the one that showed up shortly following the Williams deal. Frenchman Rudy Gobert could become the Roy Hibbert, and Dante Exum could be Utah’s next celebrity.
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 guy that is terrible. And me scare.
In case Tyrone Corbin was hindering advancement, maybe his dismissal will change 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 number they shot last year)they rank first among all preseason squads in long-distance accuracy with a cool 37.1 percent.
This year is begun by the youth movement’s wave. There will not be a name talk, and even the playoffs are a pipe dream. But there is no shortage of potential.
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