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NBA Season Preview: Utah Jazz

Dec 15, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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2010-11 record: 39-43

Head Coach: Jerry Sloan… no, wait, Tyrone Corbin

Key Departures: Ronnie Price

Key Additions: Enes Kanter, Alec Burks

Best-Case Scenario: Enes Kanter and Al Jefferson combine like Voltron to be one of the best offensive frontcourts in the league. Devin Harris reminds everybody why they thought the Jason Kidd trade was so stupid when it happened. Andrei Kirilenko and his insane World of Warcraft tattoo returns to the Jazz (an iffy proposition) becomes the player he was when he was putting up 5-by-5s. The Jazz squeak into the playoffs.

More likely scenario: Harris and Kirilenko continue to be relatively underwhelming. Kanter and Jefferson have inefficient offensive seasons, Jefferson continues to be perhaps the worst defensive player in basketball, and Kanter struggles with the athleticism of NBA centers and power forwards as well. The team never really threatens a playoff run.

Prediction: 27-31 wins

 

  1. Colin Zvosec - Dec 15, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    John, how can you say Jefferson is perhaps the worst defensive player in basketball when you got to watch Antawn Jamison FIRST HAND for a whole season?

    • bearsandjazz - Dec 15, 2011 at 4:02 PM

      I agree this John Krolik guy really didnt do much research before writing this inaccurate and horrible piece. If he had watched Boozer while with the Jazz he may be talking about someone else who’s worse at defense. Boozer was like a revolving door in the paint. PLUS this guy doesnt even bother to consider that Kanter is a rookie and a project, Jefferson, Milsap and Favors are going to dominate the minutes and Kanter will get the cleanup time. Its pretty sad that they let someone write a story about a team without doing some real research before writing something they claim to be a good opinion.

  2. jeromie001 - Dec 15, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    How do you put a preview out without talking about the big fella in D. Favors? Much bigger key to Jazz success than Kanter who I would highly doubt gets even 500 total minutes this year…

  3. kingrat33 - Dec 15, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    I’m sure doing one of these for every team must be exhausting, but this was a very half-assed attempt. The biggest question to me is if Hayward and Favors can step it up

  4. redbear18 - Dec 15, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Nothing about Gordon Hayward, who really started to hit it big last season, even outdueling Kobe Bryant? Last year was the worst possible case scenario, and they still almost made the playoffs. No way they’re missing it this year.

  5. digitalpoo - Dec 15, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    John, they must have you on some ridiculous deadline because you usually have some pretty decent writing.

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