1. Chris

    Ponies for a Horse

    I am a massive fan of the Mike Conley trade. We traded ponies for a horse and if we do this right, acquire a value-add scoring FA big/wing, and Lady Luck shows up (i.e. a clean sheet injury-wise), we could be in the the Western Conference Finals this very season. This move will probably begin...
  2. Chris

    What a wet fart of a Game 1

    The Jazz had no life, Ingles was non-existent, and they looked like a JV team out there versus the Rockets. I'm 2 hours ahead of most of you and it was against my better judgment to stay up to watch what I knew would be more of the same after the first quarter was over. We had no answer for...
  3. Chris

    I agree with what appears to be the Jazz's off season plans

    Like many, I was initially not exactly excited about the Jazz NOT picking at #12, when we had been looking forward to the Draft for some time (I always do anyway). And because they traded away that pick and -- let's face it -- mailed this draft in potentially (we'll see in the years to come), we...
  4. Chris

    One quick thing

    I love that Rudy and Rodney are both driven in large part by their draft position, a la Draymond Green. I mean, they're both WAY outperforming their draft pick number and they've both been vocal about that concept driving them. I believe this bodes well for the Jazz. And it may perhaps...
  5. Chris

    The case for Denzel Valentine

    Assuming the Jazz keep pick #12, I think they should pick Denzel Valentine. While there are questions about his defensive prospects at the NBA level -- given his lack of lateral quickness and pure athleticism -- I don't see too many other deficiencies that would alarm me. On the positive side, I...
  6. Chris

    Positive thread about Exum's injury

    Like many of you, I have gone through all of the stages of grief over the past few days since hearing about Dante's injury. Listening to the usual Jazz-related podcasts has reinforced the idea that this hurt is being felt by many in Jazz Nation. In trying to look for something positive to get us...
  7. Chris

    The case for Trey Burke

    Full disclosure: I have been on both sides of the Trey Burke spectrum: keep him at least until the trade deadline and see what he can do this season (if only to increase his value) and trade him for a bag of balls. So I realize that I've waffled and I probably will continue to do so. But for...
  8. Chris

    Why I'm disappointed with the draft...and a possible way to fix it

    It's mostly what we didn't get that bothers me. We still need a legit backup center behind Gobert. And we still need a legit 3/4 behind Hayward, unless the plan is to use a combo of Burks, Hood, and Hayward at the 2/3, which I guess would be fine, barring injury. *knock on wood* Doesn't look...
  9. Chris

    Kristaps Porzingis

    If 1, 2, 3 is Towns, Okafor, and Russell, and NYK is actually in the market for a trade... Utah trades: Trey Burke, Alec Burks, #12, 2016 First Rounder New York trades: #4, with which the Jazz take Kristaps Porzingis. The more I see this kid, the more I like what he already is and what...
  10. Chris

    Getting aggressive in the Draft this year

    So, I've been kicking around ideas in my head regarding this year's Draft and I think I have something that might work and might help us win now. Let's assume the Draft Lottery shapes up from picks 10-14 the way it's projected to. Consider: With the 12th pick, the Jazz select Sam Dekker. Utah...
  11. Chris

    What if we're pretty much all set?

    Without checking every comment that has been made about the offseason, I have a thought: What if we're pretty much all set? I mean, if part of the plan here in this next year is to get our young team as many minutes (and as much experience) as possible do we really want to make even one...
  12. Chris

    Potential and Realistic Offseason Moves

    I think the primary question going into the offseason is how we can continue to promote the growth of the young core by giving them the valuable playing minutes that they'll require, while incorporating free agent talent that will complement and improve the team. It will be a delicate balancing...
  13. Chris

    The case for choosing to stay at #5 and selecting Aaron Gordon

    If moving up is actually a realistic option (which, who knows if it is?), but it requires that we give up the farm in order to do so, here's some food for thought about intentionally staying at #5, keeping our current roster intact (I think Derrick Favors is worth holding on to), and drafting...
  14. Chris

    The Jazz are a big pile of clay this year.

    I don't know about you guys but I am pumped for the Draft already, regardless of what the Jazz end up doing. Really hope the Jazz go with Aaron Gordon at 5 but this isn't a draft thread per se. Didn't think I'd be this pumped when I found out that the Jazz would likely miss out on Jabari Parker...
  15. Chris

    I'll be okay if the Jazz stand pat at picks 5, 23, and 35.

    This entire season, I -- like many of you -- have been hoping that the Jazz could somehow wind up with one of the top three picks in this year's draft. I have been hoping that they could land Jabari Parker for all of the same reasons that are well known and long established among many who think...
  16. Chris

    Report: Bynum for Jefferson?

    Marc Stein is reporting a possible Bynum for Jefferson swap. Tank-a-palooza continues...
  17. Chris

    Everything in its right place

    Borrow from Radiohead? Don't mind if I do. I'm amazed at the level of disbelief that the Jazz are losing like they are or the insistence that Ty be fired now. HOW IS ANY OF THE STATUS QUO SURPRISING? I would imagine that we all knew, going into this season, that the Jazz were going to be bad...
  18. Chris

    The case for Jabari Parker

    Obviously, a flat out tank is the first part of any discussion involving Parker, or Wiggins, for that matter. You find a way to get that top 2 pick and take Jabari Parker. Though Wiggins is an excellent talent and I don't doubt that he will be a superstar, if you're Utah, your pick is Parker. If...
  19. Chris

    Musings on Summer League play

    Having seen almost all of the Jazz Summer League games, I had some thoughts. [Warning: article length. Be scurred.] 1. Obviously, Trey Burke was less than impressive. He did have some moments, but overall was a dud. To be honest, of most concern to me was not his pitiful shooting -- sometimes...
  20. Chris

    Some random thoughts about our new direction

    I apologize if some of this has already been brought up in the myriad posts that we excited Jazz fans have made in the last week and a half or so. Here goes: 1. The Jazz's draft and subsequent trade with Golden State really do put us in a great position to establish our core, let them play...
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