Utah Jazz: 300-1
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 ought to have morphed to a elite warden of the paint, Enes Kanter must have turned into a constant starter and Gordon Hayward—he of the hefty four-year, $63 million contract—should be knocking on stardom’s door. Instead, the advancements have been marginal, the advancement fraught with setbacks.
As luck would have it, a different wave of talent is ready to overtake the one which showed up shortly after the Williams deal. Frenchman Rudy Gobert could turn into the next Roy Hibbert, and Dante Exum may be the next celebrity of Utah.
Or, both might struggle through the fits and starts as Kanter Favors and Hayward. You can never be sure.
One certainty: Alec Burks is a guy that is terrible. Along with also a second: Quin Snyder scares me.
If Tyrone Corbin was hindering progress, perhaps his dismissal will change things. New head coach Quin Snyder has proven some innovative touches throughout the preseason, and the Jazz are getting better looks. Though they’re still shooting roughly 19 threes per game (right across the amount they taken last year), they rank first among all preseason squads in long-distance accuracy with a trendy 37.1 percent.
This youth movement’s next wave begins this season. There will be no name talk, and the playoffs are a pipe dream. But there is no lack of potential.
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