It seems like the Utah Jazz, now entering their fourth full season since the Deron Williams trade changed the roster’s frame, should have taken the proverbial next step by now.
Derrick Favors ought to have morphed to a elite warden of this paint, Enes Kanter must have turned into 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 are marginal, the progress filled with setbacks.
As luck would have it, another wave of gift is ready to overtake the one which showed up shortly after the Williams deal. Frenchman Rudy Gobert could become the Roy Hibbert, and Dante Exum may be Utah’s next celebrity.
Or, both might struggle through the very same suits and starts as Favors, Kanter and Hayward. You can never be sure.
1 certainty: Alec Burks is a man. Along with a second: Quin Snyder scares me.
In case Tyrone Corbin was hindering progress, maybe his dismissal will alter matters. New head coach Quin Snyder has proven some innovative touches during the preseason, and the Jazz are getting better looks. Though they’re still shooting roughly 19 threes per game (right around the number they shot last year)they rank first among all preseason squads in long-distance precision with a cool 37.1 percent.
The youth movement’s next wave starts this season. There’ll not be a title talk, and the drama are a pipe dream. But there’s no lack of potential.
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