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Are we really a contender?


Are we still contenders this year?

  • Yes

    Votes: 19 21.8%
  • No

    Votes: 47 54.0%
  • Yes, if we shake things up

    Votes: 17 19.5%
  • Don't care/wait and see

    Votes: 4 4.6%

  • Total voters
    87


Brsn

Well-Known Member
I am in the same boat as a lot of people. I think we have a chance to win it all. But I think it requires more luck than any other current contender. If we do not improve before the trade deadline I think were gambling an opportunity away to win a championship. Just like last year.
 

Ujfanatic

Well-Known Member
I voted no and said the same thing last year. The truth is while Rudy is the best player on this team our championship aspirations rest of the shoulders of Donovan. He needs to mature and refine his game. I had hoped he would have made a better improvement this year but it is important to remember he is still (relatively) young. This is his 5th year. Lebron had a finals appearance in his 4th year, but didn't get back until his 8th year. He also didn't make the playoffs his first two years. Durant didn't see the playoffs until his 3rd year, had his first finals appearance his 5th year, and first championship his 10th year. Steph didn't even make the playoffs until his 4th year and won his first championship in year 6. We all know Jordan made (and won) his first finals appearance in year 7. Kobe (year 4) and Dwyane (year 3) each won titles relatively early in their careers but had the luxury of playing with prime Shaq, and Rudy is obviously no Shaq. Magic won early as well, but played with Kareem.

Most players need some time in this league to figure it out and to refine their game. While I am frustrated by Donovan this year and do worry that his size may put a ceiling on his potential, he is going to to keep getting better over the next few years.

In my mind, the team should really be looking at 2023-24 as their best shot for a title. That gives them this year and next to get more playoff experience, refine their game, perhaps change coaches, and to turn over their roster with some slightly younger, better fitting pieces.
 

campaignist

Well-Known Member
As it stands, no. If a significant move is made before the deadline, possibly. We could *maybe* with some extreme luck beat PHX, But I’d put the odds at 30%. GS would eat us alive with little trouble. To be fair, I think they’re winning it this year, but still. With the way Ja Morant is playing, and our weakness being scoring guards, I’m not fully confident against Memphis either.

It’s frustrating, because the roster really isn’t that far off. 1 or 2 key upgrades, and I think we’re right there. But that’s easier said than done.
 

enchilada_style

Well-Known Member
They need luck and probably roster improvements. My braves pulled off a miracle World Series win so Im not going to count the jazz out yet.


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The Thriller

Well-Known Member
No. We’re too short and unathletic. We have too many one dimensional players too, especially at our 1-2 positions. None of them want to do the “dirty” work of defending, passing, and rebounding.

I believe we’re a step below the suns, warriors, and potentially the Grizz now.
 

kabenac

Well-Known Member
We haven't fully addressed the perimeter defense liability problem. I think it's better than last season but it's still an issue.
 

fallenchicken

Well-Known Member
We really are a contender. Come on guys. Our wings don't have to be elite defensively for us to win. Our offense has to be the best in the league and we have to play pretty good defense when it matters, which this team can do. And we need everyone to be healthy. The way the fanbase has turned and given up on the team because of a bad stretch in the middle of the season with half the team out with covid is pretty shocking honestly. If the fanbase were the reason a player wanted to leave, I'd understand that at least.
 

Gameface

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We really are a contender. Come on guys. Our wings don't have to be elite defensively for us to win. Our offense has to be the best in the league and we have to play pretty good defense when it matters, which this team can do. And we need everyone to be healthy. The way the fanbase has turned and given up on the team because of a bad stretch in the middle of the season with half the team out with covid is pretty shocking honestly. If the fanbase were the reason a player wanted to leave, I'd understand that at least.
This 1000%

Come on people. This is a good team.

A Small COVID slump doesn't worry me at all. I always knew Gobert was the most important player on this team. If you didn't know that well then good ****ing morning sunshine, this team aint **** without Gobert.
 

Gameface

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This 1000%

Come on people. This is a good team.

A Small COVID slump doesn't worry me at all. I always knew Gobert was the most important player on this team. If you didn't know that well then good ****ing morning sunshine, this team aint **** without Gobert.
If you think that by me saying this I'm saying the Jazz actually aren't very good then go to bed and hopefully don't ever wake up. Gobert is THAT good!

I know we all love offence and all that. The Jazz have built an offensive juggernaut with the addition of the best defensive player in the league to carry them on the other end. It's just so crazy it might just work.

Relax. Re ****ing lax.
 


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