ESPN has the Jazz winning 27 games and Bleacher Report 23 games. The Jazz have only won that 27 or less 3 times in history (79′, 81′,04′) and have never won 23 or less. Basically what sites are projecting are the Jazz are going to be really really bad.
The problem with that is the Jazz have never been a team to just roll over and I can guarantee Hayward and Favors will not play to lose. In fact this is the first year of getting their real chance to show management and coach Corbin what they can do. In no scenario do I see the Jazz having their worse record in franchise history. The Jazz, although young, are more athletic and more defensive minded than the last couple years and those teams won 43, 36 (lockout season of only 66 games) and 39 games. I just don’t believe a team ran by AL Jefferson who is one-dimensional on offense and plays no defense with his sidekick Paul Millsap are going to be better than the current team the Jazz have.
The arguments for the Jazz to have a bad season are: too young, no chemistry, no depth, bad coach and no all-star.
Too young- Although they are young Hayward and Favors are in their 4th year and Buks and Kanter are in their third year. Good players always seem to make a jump in their third year and in their 4th years (just ask Paul George who got the playing time). The only thing about their youth I see that could be a problem is Trey Burke in his first year.
No chemistry- The young guys played together off the bench all year the past two season and I believe have built some good chemistry. If Trey Burke can come in and add to the chemistry right away then the Jazz have nothing to worry about in this department.
No depth- This one could be true, but with Brandon Rush, John Lucas III, Jeremy Evans, Rudy Gobert, Andris Biedrins and Marvin Williams one or two could have breakout seasons for a bench player. Jeremy Evans I really think is going to surprise everyone this year as I’ve seen him hit the 20 foot jump shot consistently and he looks a little bigger. Add in the fact that he can jump over the moon and he is bound to put up some pretty solid numbers for a backup 4.
Bad coach- Not to make another excuse for Ty but this is the first year that he can run his offense and not one designed for the strengths of Al Jefferson. Just saying he might be a better coach than we give him credit for.
No All-star- In February I expect Hayward or Favors to be an all-star as the Jazz are again the surprise team of the league and are above .500.
The Jazz will win 35-45 games and if somehow the Jazz make the playoffs expect Corbin to win Coach of the Year. With the Jazz’s home court advantage I don’t see us winning less than 35 and definitely not 27 or 23.