I think that the ESPN expert panels (that usually include 50-100 sports writers) are fairly representative of the opinion of all experts. Surely it is the most respected group of experts. It is harder with the fans: there are so many of them. However, if you can show me the aggregate statistics going back several seasons that demonstrate that the non Jazz nba fans consistently underestimate the performance of the Utah Jazz I will change my mind.
Originally Posted by Stoked
11-21-2012 05:05 PM
I think we have figured the Jazz out... They are a team anchored around middle tier veterans (Williams, Foye, Williams, Millsap, Al) with a young core of backups trying to get minutes (Burks, Hayward, Favors, Kanter, and change).
Originally Posted by Weezur
If this is the way we arrange our team we will be anything but a mediocre team reaching for the last playoff spot.
Were only a half game behind 5th place, and we have had one of the roughest opening schedules.
....exactly what Jazz team have you been watching? The poster who started this thread (double dribble, I believe) hit the nail on the head! I'll take it one step further. This Jazz team has no identity whatsoever! They are "plain Jane" to put it mildly. They basically do NOTHING well, and just a few things fair. They are about as hard to watch as any team in the NBA. They don't pass well (averaging what, 15 assists per game?) They throw the ball all over the place (averaging what, 17 turnovers a game?) They foul left and right. They shoot like a pathetic YMCA league team. Who in there right mind would actually pay good money to watch these clowns live and in color? This is as bad a Jazz team as I can remember or have ever seen. Yes, they are playing .500 ball, but it seems like they are playing .250 ball. Now, to the key expression in your post: "They will become a very dangerous team!"....have you been drinking??? Smoking dope??? With the talent they have and the coaching they have.....NOTHING is going to change! Absolutely NOTHING!
Originally Posted by green
sigh. carolinajazz. so freaking predictable.
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Thanks DD, good post and great topic. I remember back in the day, Frank Layden preached to that squad that if they could just play .500 ball on the road, they would be contenders. That is not that hard to imagine for this team either. If this year's team can figure out the road to the point that they can reach that .500 mark, we'll be in good shape. I think as they mature, we see the road get easier ... They have really not lost a step from last year's bottom rung playoff team even though they added so many new faces. The more they play together the better they will get as a team, if we can reach .500 ball on the road we'll be in the hunt for a middle of the pack playoff berth, with home court in the mix.
Originally Posted by doubledribble
Bingo, you got it. This team is about playing it safe and consequently, they are mediocre. Sapperson will maybe get you an 8th but nothing more. But Ty is afraid of playing the youngsters and being even worse, at least for awhile.
Originally Posted by Growlor
...this Jazz squad will lose at least 30 road games.....book it!
Originally Posted by Stars Fan
I looked at the schedule at the start of the year. To this point the Jazz have won 1 game that most people thought they would loose (Lakers) and lost one game that most people thought they would win (Hornets). The rest I guessed correctly on. So the Jazz are sitting right were I thought they would be. Thats the good news.
The Bad is that this team definitely hasn't gelled like I thought they would and there still seems to be way to many questions that I thought would be answered by now.
I also wouldn't mind seeing the young guys getting more time. JMO
Would you care to put a wager on this one CJ?
Originally Posted by carolinajazz