The Utah Jazz are for real!
Utah sits atop the NBA standings with a record of 20-6. How good has this team been? They went on an 11-game win streak, lost one game, and are on a current 5-game win streak after their Tuesday night win over the Celtics. The Jazz, who are 16-1 over the last month, are firing on all cylinders.
In a world where everyone is heading to the Western Conference in droves, Utah is building their team through homegrown talents. And it’s working!
The Jazz deserve your respect, but frankly, they don’t really need it. Currently, Utah is the only team in the league with a top 4 defense and offense. But if you look at this week’s power rankings over at ESPN, they just moved up to the #2 spot, passing the Clippers, Nets, Bucks, and Sixers. Just a couple of win streaks, a dominant offense and defense, and the NBA’s best record are all it took. And they are still not above the Lakers. Not at ESPN at least.
But respect or not, the Jazz are built to quietly be the next big threat in the NBA.
And they aren’t just winning games, they are blowing teams out. Their ‘Big 3’ of Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, and Mike Conely aren’t lighting up the Marquee, so much as the scoreboard. Last year, they led the league in three-point percentage, and this season they’re 2n in the league from beyond the arc. So the question is… Are the Jazz championship material?
Contender or Pretender?
The Jazz are just so hot right now, and historically, are expected to cool off as the season wears on. But will they fizzle out by the second round of the playoffs? I’m not so sure. Aside from having one of the NBA’s best offenses and defenses. The Utah Jazz are a deep, deep team. Utah signed Bojan Bogdanovic and Jordan Clarkson in free agency and brought back Derrick Favors.
As a small-market team, there’s no way they could recruit guys like LeBron and AD or Kawhi and Paul George. Despite that, they still managed to build a complete team, with stars very much in the prime of their careers. And if this team can stay healthy, save for some minor bumps and bruises along the way, I think they can play spoiler to any one wanting to see a Clippers/Lakers Western Conference Final.
Don’t sleep on the Utah Jazz. You’ve been warned!
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