“Right now, we’re decidedly average,” Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said during an interview on The Zone Sports Network.
Are you going to do anything about it is the question
“You've just got to get through this part of the schedule, and we’re almost there,” said Jazz television analyst Matt Harpring. “It’s becoming tiresome because we’re almost there. But I do feel by the end of the month that the schedule certainly does turn in favor of the Jazz. Does that mean they’re going to start going on a streak like they did last year? I’m not so sure. That’s yet to be seen.”
sounds more like March but keep up the homerism Matt it suits you
By mid-December, the Jazz have played an NBA-high 18 road games, splitting them down the middle — but part of the problem is they are only 4-6 at home.
Exactly. More home games is a good thing?
“I do think they can climb back into it,” Harpring said. “I do sense an urgency there. If they’re going to make a run, they’re going to have to do it here when the schedule does turn. They can’t kind of mess around, lose to teams when they should be beating them if they want to be in the top four.”
How about top 8 for starters?
“From what I’ve gathered so far, I feel like the Jazz are kind of a front-running team,” Harpring said. “When they’re good, they’re very good. They can really shoot. But they’re not as good as far as coming from behind as they are playing in front.”
They can't really shoot!
As last season proved, Quin Snyder’s teams have a history of improving after the holidays. The Jazz fell to nine games below .500 last January before going on a 29-6 streak.
it's had more to do with Gobert than COTY but keep up that narrative!
"The ethos of Utah is kind of the bootstrap mentality, us against the world -- 'We're going to build this thing and we don't care how long it takes,'" Clint Betts, the executive director of Silicon Slopes, said with only a hint of hyperbole. "This is the most beloved Utahn in the history of the state -- already, one year in! We already call him a Utahn! I was here for [John] Stockton and [Karl] Malone. We loved those guys. But he's already surpassed Stockton and Malone in the way he's beloved by this state. And it's because he has embraced this state -- because he loves us."
DANTE EXUM: THREE YEARS, $33 MILLION
When the Utah Jazz re-signed Dante Exum this past summer, it was at a price that had the future in mind. If the Australian swingman can reach his full potential, paying him an annual average value of $11 million will look like a steal.
The thing is, thus far this season, it doesn’t look like he’ll be reaching his potential anytime soon. Exum is averaging 6.4 points and shooting 37.1 percent from the floor overall, and the Jazz are getting outscored when he’s on the court.
Still, Exum is just 23 years old, so although the early return on investment isn’t great, there’s plenty of time for that to change. Plus, even if it doesn’t, at least the third year of his deal is non-guaranteed, so Utah can get out of the contract without paying the full $33 million.
While some of the Jazz’s worst performances have been undeniably head-scratching, those that paid close attention to their early schedule probably aren’t that surprised by the sub-.500 start. Utah has had it absolutely brutal to start the year, with a number of tough opponents and a ridiculous amount of travel.
I'm not surprised because it's the same roster that couldn't shoot taking even more 3's
Last of all, not only do they lead the league in road games, but their travel schedule has been simply insane. Their home games haven’t even felt like home games, which is something I touched on earlier in the month in extensive detail. But just to briefly reiterate, because Utah has had so many single home games instead of home stands, at one point during the year they literally played a stretch of 13 games in a different arena every night.
The home games that are like road games!
Hopefully you’re picking up what I’m putting down here. Essentially what I’m saying is that, while there’s been surprising disappointments and undeniably poor stretches of play that need to be corrected, Utah’s lackluster start also has a completely justifiable explanation. The NBA schedulers did Utah no favors to start the year and essentially put them in a situation where they were almost guaranteed to fail due to circumstances outside of their control.
Things are in their control and Ricky and Favors and Exum and Snyder and Lindsey just keep doing their thing.
So, once again, before hitting the panic button, Jazz fans should instead take a step back, look at the facts and realize that, while no excuses should be accepted, the strength of schedule discrepancy is a real thing. Utah’s poor start can be directly related to a nearly impossible situation. And with how tough things have been and due to the toll such travel takes, it’s miraculous that Utah is even where they’re at.
Miraculous that what was considered a great team is 14th in the west?
Re: 2018-19 regular season. Time to live up to the hype!
According to sources, teams are interested in a deal for the second-year guard – including the Pistons – so he could be gone by the deadline. But the reason Dotson’s desirable is the team-friendly contract, which the Knicks also need to fill out their roster as they go star chasing in the summer. – via New York Daily News
“I think they are every bit of what they were last year,” he said. “I had to look at it twice to see how many road games they have played. Come on, let's not make up a bunch of different narratives about it. They are going to be living at home for the next two months.”
They've been a better road team under Snyder though.
Korver said he was saddened by the fact that they won’t be playing against each other again.
You never know. You could be part of a fire sale in a couple months
The true test of the Jazz strength will come as the schedule begins to regulate itself. We will see for ourselves what the true cause of the team’s early struggles were, and if the Jazz really did just get finessed over on their early-season schedule.
Allen showed much promise in the preseason for the Jazz, even starting once in the regular season on Nov. 2 versus Memphis in place of an injured Donovan Mitchell, but knows he has to improve defensively to earn significant minutes for the Jazz. That’s where the G League assignments — he will suit up for the Stars again tonight vs. the Northern Arizona Suns at Vivint Arena — come into place because the 21st overall pick is able to receive in-game repetition where he checks his ego at the door.
Looks like he needs to improve everything. He's not filling up the box score outside of points and 3's for the Stars
The Utah Jazz are almost 30 games into the season and we know some things for certain: Joe Ingles can still get under an opponent’s skin, Donovan Mitchell is just as amazing as last year, and the Derrick Favors-Rudy Gobert front court pairing won’t ever be as great as the Jae Crowder-Rudy Gobert pairing. Enough is enough, already. We have enough data.
Derrick Favors is the more talented player but doesn’t fit the skillset needed to allow his fellow starters to thrive.
Like Exum is more talented than Neto?
On any other team, Derrick Favors wins out, but on this Utah squad, he plays with the defending Defensive Player of the Year, Rudy Gobert.
On any other lottery team maybe
He’s absolutely fantastic with that bench unit. This is where Derrick Favors’ unique contract comes into play. The Utah Jazz overpaid for Derrick Favors and almost admitted doing so themselves with the idea that he would have to take a step back in minutes or role. Not a lot of players would think of doing that, let alone actually commit to doing that. Favors did. That is why it’s time to move forward with the Jae Crowder pairing. Even adamant “not my job to speculate” speculator Tony Jones is thinking it might be time.
18 million for 20 minutes a game some out of position. Way to go Wizard!
Favors should be the 6th man of the year, always
Posted by Gobert_the_destroyer on Dec 13, 2018 | 2:05 PM
not enough minutes for him
Ideally we would play Favors about 20 minutes a night as backup center and Gobert can play 28.
Posted by ArcticSlicer on Dec 13, 2018 | 2:18 PM
Ideally he'd have been traded long ago. But this is the Jazz
Unfortunately, we don’t have anybody capable of starting in place of Rubio and Mitchell who can shoot to space the floor. So we stick Crowder in instead.
If we had a point guard and shooting guard who could hit 3s at a 36+% clip (like most modern NBA teams), then there would be plenty of space for Favors to operate. There are 75+ players in the NBA who are taking more than 3 3PA per game at a 36+% rate. Korver and Ingles do that.
But the solution is now to play 3 guys who are in the lowest quintile in the NBA in 3P% among players taking 3 or more attempts per game.
I understand that the easier solution is to put Favors on the bench, but let’s put the blame where it belongs.
Posted by Uber_snotling on Dec 13, 2018 | 2:43 PM
Anyone is better than Rubio probably even Exum and he sucks! The blame starts with Lindsey and Snyder.