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Attitude adjustment


idiot

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Just going to put this out once. I see no reason to try to argue the point. Many of you will surely think differently; I understand why, and that's OK by me:

I'm going to try to adjust my attitude toward the Jazz a bit and enjoy the experience of being a fan of this team more, mainly because I think what this team is accomplishing is mighty impressive and should be acknowledged and enjoyed.

Unlike the other contenders, we don't have:
  • one of the two best players in league history, plus a clear top-five talent (Lakers)
  • a perennial MVP talent playing at the height of his powers (Milwaukee, Denver, GSW)
  • a top 3-5 point guard in NBA history, plus a number-one pick who's turned into a serious two-way threat (Phoenix)
  • three of the most efficient (not to mention prolific) offensive talents at their position in NBA history (Nets)
  • two of the better two-way wing talents the league has ever seen still in their theoretical prime (if they can ever stay healthy) (Clippers)
  • heck, we don't even have a bunch of solid two-way role players
Instead we have two very good, but flawed, stars who are a tier below what other teams have in terms of potential and track record, plus we have several very good role players most of whom are either offensive or defensive specialists of one kind or another, all stitched together into a system that's maximizing their combined talents. This stitching is more precarious than what other teams have primarily because our underlying base of all-time great players is not as strong and secondarily because our role players have greater weaknesses amid their strengths than some teams' role players.

We're vulnerable to the wrong matchups in playoffs (though we're surely not alone in this among contenders). We tend to lose confidence for uncomfortably long periods. Our defense can be exposed because our role players' skills tend more toward offense than defense, just as our offense was exposed when we had better defensive role players.

I don't think any of this is fundamentally changing by shuffling the deck with our role players. Even Jerami Grant doesn't get us there, I don't think, unless, perhaps, we miraculously acquire him without losing any of our offensive firepower. I don't even think that drafting Desmond Bane instead of Udoka would have done the trick, though it wouldn't have hurt, obviously. We're almost great now because our offense is so good, and that's largely because our team's stitching maximizes the contributions from each of our role players. We have to be great offensively if we want to have a chance. Sacrificing our offense a bit to strengthen our defense will likely only shift, not eliminate, our vulnerabilities.

So I'm going to try to enjoy more of what we're accomplishing. Maybe we come upon some magical trade or signing that propels us beyond any reasonable expectations. The chances of that should be recognized as the longshot it is, however. In any case still have a chance to get lucky in the playoffs. A hot streak here, a little luck with injuries or matchups there, could send us further than we've been in a long time.








(At least this is what I'm telling myself; I don't know if I can emotionally go there.)
 


SoUjazzfan

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Good post. The organization has done more with less than most, if not all, other teams. Credit to coach for playing to our strengths and being as competitive as we are. It would be the ultimate underdog story to actually win it all just once.
 

Ferguson_Mellochill

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2019 Prediction Contest Winner
I think the Jazz are one player away--a dynamic, 2-way wing with ball skills--from being real contenders, but they're close and are doing the most they can with what they have.

Jazz are also just one game behind where they were last season after 40 games.
 

Douchebag K

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I think the Jazz are one player away--a dynamic, 2-way wing with ball skills--from being real contenders, but they're close and are doing the most they can with what they have.

Jazz are also just one game behind where they were last season after 40 games.

you mean a high calibre all star type player ?? yep
 

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