The Utah Jazz are everyone’s favorite sleeper team this season. There hasn’t been this much buzz about the Jazz since the days of Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer and Coach Sloan; which seems like a lifetime ago.
The jazz won 40 games last year and barely missed out on the playoffs. Keep in my PG Dante Exam was out for the year with a torn ACL. The Jazz made some moves this offseason by trading for George Hill, and signing Joe Johnson and Boris Diaw. Everyone has been waiting for the Jazz to break out, seeing as how they increased there win total for the last three years (25, 38, 40). This is the year they put it all together and finally break out in a major way.
The hype surrounding the Utah Jazz starts with Superstar SF Gordon Hayward. Hayward is a two-way player who has increased his scoring average every year since he’s been in the league. His name belongs up there with the best SF’s in the league. Then you have the Twin Towers in Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert protecting the paint. Gobert averaged 2.2 bpg and his long 7’8 wingspan makes him a matchup nightmare. Favors averaged close to a double doubles with 16 ppg and 8 rbg, to go along with 1.5 bpg.
The Utah Jazz have a great young nucleus with Hayward, Favors, Gobert, Hood Exam, and Lyes that is just oozing with talent. They have a great balance of offense and defense. The have great depth with Exam, Lyes, Johnson, Diaw and Burks coming off the bench. Quin Snyder is one of the best up and coming coaches in the league. Veterans Diaw and Johnson bringing a winning mentality to this young team.
My prediction for this team if everyone stays healthy is 50 wins and a top 5 seed in the West. I also see them advancing to the second round and being a VERY tough out for whomever they face. Think of the trailblazers last season, but with more talent and depth.