[2017-18 NBA Preview] Utah Jazz

The NBA season is almost here. While the majority of people think the NBA season is already over before it even begins (let’s just go ahead and crown the Golden State Warriors right now, right?). we still have to let the season play out because YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN, RIGHT?

What if the Warriors are involved in some kind of freak accident and everyone gets hurt?

Well, the league just opened up for all 29 other teams to win the whole thing.

Even though I personally believe it would take a plane wreck to take the Warriors down, there are some NBA teams out there that think they have the tools and weapons to do exactly that.

Are the Utah Jazz one of those teams? Probably not after losing their All-Star forward Gordon Hayward to the Boston Celtics in free agency. Look, the NBA is a rough business. The NBA has this thing called “free agency” which allows players to go wherever they wish to play and the fans are left with the broken hearts and trying to put the pieces back together. Losing an All-Star player in free agency can set a franchise back for years. However, there have been some recent cases though where that actually hasn’t been the case (the Oklahoma City Thunder & the Portland Trail Blazers come to mind). So, where are the Utah Jazz going to fall on that spectrum? Are the Jazz going to let the loss of Hayward push their franchise back into obscurity or can the new-look Jazz do what the Blazers & the Thunder managed to do and wash those memories away quickly? After all, the cupboard isn’t exactly bare in Utah. Rudy Gobert is a fantastic player and is welcome on my team any day of the week. Derrick Favors and Ricky Rubio are decent players and Dante Exum has shown promise, but he might be injured. Oh screw it. What am I saying? The Jazz aren’t going to be very good this year and the West is loaded. Have fun studying the NBA Draft Jazz fans…..

 

 

 

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 43-39 (2012-13), 25-57 (2013-14), 38-44 (2014-15), 40-42 (2015-16), 51-31 (2016-17)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2016-17 Second-Round vs. Golden State Warriors

Last Playoff Series Win: 2016-17 First-Round vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Last NBA Finals Appearance: 1997-98 NBA Finals vs. Chicago Bulls

NBA Championships Won: None


 

Head Coach:

Quin Snyder

Overall Record: 129-117

Record With Team: 129-117

Playoff Record: 4-7


 

The Squad:

Starters (with averages for last season):

PG: Ricky Rubio (11.1 PPG, 9.1 APG, 4.1 RPG, 16.8 PER)

SG: Rodney Hood (12.7 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 12.4 PER)

SF: Joe Ingles (7.1 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.7 APG, 12.4 PER)

PF: Derrick Favors (9.5 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 15.8 PER)

C: Rudy Gobert (14.0 PPG, 12.8 RPG, 2.6 BPG, 23.3 PER)

Bench:

Dante Exum (PG), Joe Johnson (SF), Jonas Jerebko (PF), Ekpe Udoh (C), Donovan Mitchell (SG), Thabo Sefolosha (SF), Raul Neto (PG), Alec Burks (SG), Tony Bradley (C), Joel Bolomboy (PF)


 

Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Gordon Hayward (21.9)

Rebounds Per Game: Rudy Gobert (12.8)

Steals Per Game: Joe Ingles (1.2)

Assists Per Game: George Hill (4.2)

Blocks Per Game: Rudy Gobert (2.6)

Turnovers Per Game: Gordon Hayward (1.9)


 

The Prediction:

36-46

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