It seems 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 step by now.
Derrick Favors ought to have morphed to 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–ought to be rapping on stardom’s doorway. Instead, the advancements are marginal, the advancement filled with setbacks.
As luck would have it, a different wave of talent is ready to overtake the one that showed up soon following the Williams deal. Frenchman Rudy Gobert will become the next Roy Hibbert, and Dante Exum could be the next superstar of Utah.
Or, both may struggle through the same suits and starts as Favors, Kanter and Hayward. You can never be certain.
One certainty: Alec Burks is a guy. Along with me scare.
In case Tyrone Corbin was hindering advancement, maybe his dismissal will alter things. New head coach Quin Snyder has proven some innovative touches during the preseason, and the Jazz are becoming better appearances. Though they’re still shooting about 19 threes per game (directly across the number they shot last year), they rank first among all preseason squads in long-distance accuracy with a trendy 37.1 percent.
This year is begun by the wave of this youth movement. There’ll be no name talk, and also the playoffs are a pipe dream. But there’s no shortage of potential.
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