Jazz fans have been highly skeptical if their team will ever be able to get back to the level that John Stockton and Karl Malone played at. In fact most people I talk to would put money on the Jazz never winning a title in their lifetime. So then why do we watch and put ourselves through the torture of always ending the season in April or May and never really making it to June? Because there is hope.
Whatever little hope there is it seems that fans especially die hard Jazz fans still believe that the Jazz are a piece or two away from getting back there. Which is always true if a team lands a Lebron James or Kobe Bryant type player, but for the Jazz it’s about the team.
Enter Dennis Lindsey, the new GM for the Jazz as of last year and the guy that overhauled the roster during this off season letting all free agents walk and sign with other teams. To come into a place like Utah where there is a culture of making the playoffs and finding gems that work hard and play above and beyond their ability, and to change it in one year takes stones.
Unlike the guys before, Lindsey is willing to take the necessary change to make this team into a title contender. Yes the Jazz will not compete this year and probably not next year either but in 3-4 years if the core stays together then watch out. Lindsey wants to see what he has with all this potential in these young guys so he can put together the other pieces this next off season when the Jazz will have money to spend and possibly could even be in the running for a top 5 pick in next years coveted draft.
With all these teams looking for that “next piece” to help them move to the next level, the Jazz found theirs with Dennis Lindsey. He is the missing piece that has been needed these past 10 years to compete with the best. With a core of Hayward, Favors and Kanter mixed with wild cards with Alec Burks, Trey Burke, Brandon Rush, Rudy Gobert and future pick Raul Neto, the Jazz with 30 million next year in cap room will be able to know exactly what they want and need to put together a team not too different from the San Antonio Spurs. What did the Spurs do? They got a great player in Duncan and surrounded him with foreign talent and guys that could shoot the three and that’s the way I see the Jazz going.
Will the Jazz have the same result? Hopefully as I fully expect the Jazz to be a top 5 team in 3-4 years under Dennis Lindsey.