It seems like the Utah Jazz, now entering their fourth full season since the Deron Williams trade changed the roster’s frame, should have taken the proverbial next measure by now.
Derrick Favors should have morphed into an elite warden of the paint, Enes Kanter should have turned into a consistent starter and Gordon Hayward–he of this hefty four-year, $63 million contract–should be rapping on stardom’s doorway. Instead, the advancements are marginal, the progress fraught with setbacks.
As luck would have it, a different wave of gift is ready to overtake the one which showed up shortly after the Williams deal. Frenchman Rudy Gobert will become the next Roy Hibbert, also Dante Exum could be Utah’s next celebrity.
Or, both may struggle through the suits and starts as Kanter Favors and Hayward. You can never be sure.
One certainty: Alec Burks is a guy. And me scare.
If Tyrone Corbin was hindering progress, maybe his dismissal will alter matters. New head coach Quin Snyder has shown some innovative touches during the preseason, and the Jazz are getting better looks. Even though they’re still shooting roughly 19 threes per game (directly around the amount they shot last year)they rank first among all preseason squads in long-distance accuracy with a trendy 37.1 percent.
The wave of the youth movement begins this season. There will not be a name talk, and also the drama are a pipe dream. But there’s no shortage of potential.
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