I have a confession to make that may make you stop reading this post, but oh well. I must confess that I only saw the 2nd half of the Jazz game. Yesterday was my 3-year-old son’s birthday. So, happy birthday Gavin. Now back to the Jazz.
This game was fun to watch. It was what the Jazz fans would like to see on a regular basis. Youth on the floor playing the game with a high level of toughness and hustle. What Jazz fan doesn’t enjoy seeing Derrick Favors take it to Dirk Nowitzski with a body slam? Or Hayward going off while shooting 4/5 from 3pt land? Or Alec Burks running the point down the stretch and logging big time minutes? Oh what a joyous night to be a Jazz fan.
However, when I am thinking about the Jazz right now one word comes to mind. Mediocrity. The Jazz may be able to claim being one of the most successful teams without a championship. More years than not the Jazz have made the playoffs. But, I have begun to wonder if the Jazz organization has decided the playoffs are good enough. Or are the Jazz, much like the state of Utah’s liquor laws, too conservative?
As this season continues to move along I feel like I am in ground hogs day. The young guys are struggling to find playing time when the team is healthy and the Jazz are flirting with the .500 mark. According to Hoopstats.com‘s rankings, the Jazz are the 13th best team in the NBA up to this point in the season. For 2011-2012 it just so happens that the Jazz are ranked (and you may have guessed it) 13th in the NBA. That shows no improvement to me. Basketball Reference also shows the same type of development. The Jazz had a net rating of 16th in 2011-2012 season and continue with that same rating now.
So, would you like to see some movement? As far as I am concerned the answer is a resounding “Yes!” I would rather see the young talent on the hardwood. Mistakes or not, wins or losses, this would be a change. A declaration that the Jazz are investing in the future of the players that are signed for the near future, not a herd of soon to be free agents. I would prefer to see Hayward, Favors, Kanter, and Burks on the floor regularly, not when Coach Corbin is forced into the decision by injuries.
This brings me to a question I don’t like asking. Is it time for Coach Corbin to move on to another coaching position? The main thing that stayed the same from last season to now is the coaching staff. Up to this point, the only time the young guys see a lot of playing time is when Coach Corbin is forced into making the change. Once the team is healthy the only way that happens is a trade or by letting Coach Corbin go. Which will it be? Unfortunately for Jazz fans, probably just hold put.