So, the Utah Jazz completed the preseason with a perfect record of 8-0. If you were wondering, yes this is the first time in franchise history that they have gone through the entire preseason without a loss. Although many people will say that this perfect preseason record is meaningless, I say, “how does this show anything negative?”
Of course the games don’t actually count, and they are not exactly reflective of what the regular season has in store, but they definitely did not show the Jazz many causes for concern. Imagine, for instance, if the Jazz went 0-8 in the preseason. People would quickly dismiss the meaning of the games, but there would be the thoughts in the back of their heads that there might be a reason to be uncertain about this team. After all, the Jazz are not the cream of the crop where they can go winless in a preseason and nobody flinches (ala the Indianapolis Colts). They are the Utah Jazz, who has switched around their identity in more ways than one (players, logo, jerseys, etc.). They have something to prove this season, and going 0-8 in the preseason would have definitely been a bad foot to start off on.
I know the NBA is different than the NFL, but just look at a team like the Dallas Cowboys. Their preseason was very shaky and nobody thought it would have much of an effect on their regular season performance. However, 5 games into the regular season, everybody is looking back to the preseason as their first indicator of weakness.
On the other hand, you have the Utah Jazz. The proud owners of an 8-0 preseason record that might indicate less than 0-8 preseason record, but indicates something nevertheless. That is, of course, that the preseason will not have a negative effect on this team heading into the regular season. Sure it might not have a huge positive effect, but it certainly won’t have a negative one. And if you can take away anything significant from 8 games of preseason basketball, it is exactly that. Oh, and that superb 26-point performance by Gordon Hayward against the Lakers isn’t a bad thing either.