It seems like the Utah Jazz, now entering their fourth full season because the Deron Williams transaction changed the roster’s framework, should have obtained the proverbial next step by now.
Derrick Favors should have morphed to a elite warden of the paint, Enes Kanter must have become a consistent starter and Gordon Hayward–he of this hefty four-year, $63 million contract–should be rapping on stardom’s door. Instead, the improvements are marginal, the progress filled with setbacks.
As luck would have it, a different wave of talent is ready to overtake the one which showed up soon after the Williams deal. Frenchman Rudy Gobert could turn into the Roy Hibbert, and Dante Exum could be Utah’s next superstar.
Or, both might struggle through the very same fits and starts as Hayward, Kanter and Favors. You can never be certain.
One certainty: Alec Burks is a guy that is bad. Along with also a second: Quin Snyder scares me.
If Tyrone Corbin was hindering advancement, perhaps his dismissal will change things. New head coach Quin Snyder has shown some innovative touches throughout the preseason, and the Jazz are becoming better appearances. Though they’re still shooting about 19 threes per game (right around the number they shot last year)they rank sixth among all preseason squads in long-distance precision with a cool 37.1 percent.
This year is begun by the youth movement’s next wave. There will not be a title talk, and also the playoffs are a pipe dream. But there’s no shortage of potential.

Read more: