It seems just 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 measure by now.
Derrick Favors should have morphed into an elite warden of this paint, Enes Kanter should 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 have been marginal, the progress filled with setbacks.
As luck would have it, another wave of gift is prepared to overtake the one which showed up soon after the Williams deal. Frenchman Rudy Gobert will become the Roy Hibbert, also Dante Exum may be the next superstar of Utah.
Or, both might struggle through the same fits and starts as Kanter Favors and Hayward. You can never be certain.
One reassuring certainty: Alec Burks is a guy. Along with a second: Quin Snyder disturbs me.
If Tyrone Corbin was hindering progress, maybe his dismissal will change things. New head coach Quin Snyder has shown some innovative touches throughout the preseason, and the Jazz are becoming better looks. Though they’re still shooting about 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 trendy 37.1 percent.
This season is begun by the youth movement’s wave. There’ll not be a name talk, and the drama are a pipe dream. But there’s no lack of potential.
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