It feels just like the Utah Jazz, now entering their fourth full season since the Deron Williams transaction altered the roster’s frame, should have obtained the proverbial next measure by now.
Derrick Favors should have morphed to a elite warden of the paint, Enes Kanter must have become a consistent starter and Gordon Hayward–he of this 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, another wave of talent is prepared to overtake the one that showed up shortly following the Williams deal. Frenchman Rudy Gobert could turn into the following Roy Hibbert, also Dante Exum may be the next celebrity of Utah.
Or, both may struggle through the suits and starts as Kanter, Favors and Hayward. You can never be certain.
1 certainty: Alec Burks is a man. Along with I am scared by a second: Quin Snyder.
In case Tyrone Corbin was hindering progress, maybe his dismissal will change things. New head coach Quin Snyder has proven some innovative touches throughout the preseason, and the Jazz are becoming better looks. Even though they’re still shooting about 19 threes per game (directly across the number they taken last year), they rank first among all preseason squads in long-distance precision with a cool 37.1 percent.
The wave of this youth movement begins this season. There will be no name talk, and even the drama are a pipe dream. But there is no shortage of potential.
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