This year is completely different than last year for the Utah Jazz as they will most likely be starting five guys under the age of 24. All I’ve heard over this past summer is how the Jazz have little veteran leadership and that Gordon and Favors will need to step up. I don’t see it this way.
If we are comparing last years team to this year then we have to give credit to where credit is due and call out bs when we see it.
So here it is: Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap were not veteran leaders and the ONLY reason the Jazz won as many games as they did was because of the core 4.
I don’t remember how many games the young guys had to bring us back from embarrassing starts, but it was a lot. Mo was awful, Sap really didn’t want to even be here and Al is an awful player to have on your team. Throw in Foye and Marvin as starters and the Jazz being over .500 is a miracle.
Now that we have 5 guys that are trying to prove they belong aside a bench that knows how to play defense and the Jazz will be back to the hard nose game Jazz fans are use to. The Jazz will not be flashy but I can tell you that easy buckets will not happen like last year. The more and more I think about last year the more and more I realize that we were an awful team that had no place being in the race with LA for the eighth spot in the West. The ONLY reason was the core 4.
So here we are a week from training camp and I’ve just realized the biggest difference from last year to this year and that is the effort level. The young guys bring it every game and they HATE losing. Big Al was use to losing as was Mo and Marvin and Foye. The young guys were pissed when the Jazz lost and they weren’t playing. This year on the road the Jazz will not get behind 20 points in the first quarter because of lack of effort or desire. No sir. No way. Not a chance.
Let’s put it this way; if the Jazz play the guys that care this year the majority of minutes and put it all out there every night then worst case scenario is the Jazz are fun to watch and will be in most games. A winning record? Most likely not. What will happen is a winning attitude that will be contagious for years to come.