It seems like the Utah Jazz, now entering their fourth full season because the Deron Williams trade changed the roster’s framework, should have taken the proverbial next measure by now.
Derrick Favors ought to have morphed into an elite warden of the paint, Enes Kanter must have become a constant starter and Gordon Hayward–he of this hefty four-year, $63 million contract–ought to be knocking on stardom’s door. Instead, the advancements are marginal, the advancement fraught with setbacks.
As luck would have it, another wave of gift is prepared to overtake the one which showed up shortly following the Williams deal. Frenchman Rudy Gobert will turn into the Roy Hibbert, and Dante Exum may be the next celebrity of Utah.
Or, both might struggle through the fits and starts as Favors, Kanter and Hayward. You can never be sure.
One reassuring certainty: Alec Burks is a bad man. Along with a second: Quin Snyder scares me.
If Tyrone Corbin was hindering progress, maybe his dismissal will change matters. New head coach Quin Snyder has shown some innovative touches throughout the preseason, and the Jazz are becoming better appearances. Even though they’re still shooting roughly 19 threes per game (directly around the amount they shot last year), they rank first among all preseason squads in long-distance precision with a cool 37.1 percent.
The wave of the youth movement starts this season. 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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