Utah Jazz: 300-1

  • 11 Sep, 2019

It feels like the Utah Jazz, now entering their fourth full season since the Deron Williams transaction changed the roster’s frame, should have taken the proverbial next measure by now. Derrick Favors ought to have morphed into a elite warden of this paint, Enes Kanter should have turned into a constant starter and Gordon Hayward–he of this hefty four-year, $63 million contract–should be rapping on stardom’s doorway. Instead, the improvements have been marginal, the progress filled with setbacks. As luck would have it, a different wave of gift is ready to overtake the one that showed up soon after the Williams deal. Frenchman Rudy Gobert could become the Roy Hibbert, and Dante Exum may be Utah’s next celebrity. Or, both might struggle through the suits and starts as Kanter Favors and Hayward. You can never be certain. One certainty: Alec Burks is a man. And I am scared by a second: Quin Snyder. 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 getting better looks. Even though they’re still shooting about 19 threes per game (right around the amount they shot last year)they rank sixth among all preseason squads in long-distance precision with a trendy 37.1 percent. The second wave of the youth movement begins this year. There’ll not be a title talk, and the drama are a pipe dream. But there’s no shortage of potential. Read more: dreysports.com

Author @Patrick Cohn

Dr. Patrick Cohn is the owner of Peak Performance Sports and a world-renowned mental training expert who works with athletes of all levels including junior, collegiate, professional, and senior athletes.
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