It feels like the Utah Jazz, now entering their fourth full season since the Deron Williams transaction changed the roster’s framework, should have taken the proverbial next measure by now.
Derrick Favors should have morphed into a elite warden of the paint, Enes Kanter should 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 filled with setbacks.
As luck would have it, another wave of gift is ready to overtake the one that showed up shortly after the Williams deal. Frenchman Rudy Gobert could turn into the Roy Hibbert, and Dante Exum could be the next superstar of Utah.
Or, both might struggle through the suits and starts as Kanter Favors and Hayward. You can never be sure.
1 certainty: Alec Burks is a terrible guy. Along with also a second: Quin Snyder scares me.
In case Tyrone Corbin was hindering progress, maybe his dismissal will alter things. New head coach Quin Snyder has proven some innovative touches throughout the preseason, and the Jazz are becoming better looks. Though they’re still shooting roughly 19 threes per game (directly across the number they shot last year)they rank first among all preseason squads in long-distance precision with a cool 37.1 percent.
This year is begun by the wave of this youth movement. There’ll be no name talk, and the drama are a pipe dream. But there is no shortage of potential.
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