Apr 12, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) looks to pass during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 107-100. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz: Becoming One

Chemistry is the most undervalued aspect of any team.  If a team connects well they seem to play above the competition even if the talent level isn’t as high.  Google has the definition as:

the complex emotional or psychological interaction between two people.”

Now obviously a team has more than two people on the court but as long as two players are connecting then the team seems to run better.  If you could measure chemistry within a team (which you can by looking at the numbers) then Stockton and Malone would take the cake on duo’s that connected well.  The teams I think of when I think of chemistry are the San Antonio Spurs and the Chicago Bulls.  This is because they play a more team oriented game that is flawless when you watch.

The Jazz this year have something most teams wish they could have and that is five young guys under contract that will start and play the majority of minutes together.  If the guys click really well then this team could be together for the next ten years and they will definitely be contending for a title.  Don’t listen to anyone that says that there is no way the Jazz can keep all five guys because that is not true.

If Trey Burke can establish himself as the guy at point and Hayward can establish himself as the leader of the team then the Jazz will grow exponentially faster than in years past where it seemed they couldn’t get over the hump.  Add in Derrick Favors as the rock on defense and Enes Kanter as a go to guy on offense and the Jazz will be looking solid.  The wildcard again for me is Alec Burks because I believe he can be an all-star with his talent, but he has to make the biggest jump out of anyone this year.

Chemistry is a very good thing and the young core will be able to build that all year and hopefully for years to come.

Unrelated note this video got me way excited for the season!


Tags: Alec Burks Core 4 Derrick Favors Enes Kanter Gordon Hayward Trey Burke Utah Jazz

  • Mr. Binn

    I’m not saying the Jazz can’t keep all five guys, but nobody has written anything on how that could happen. All I’ve seen is articles or paragraphs claiming the Jazz must pick three guys to act as their “Big 3″ and trade the other two or whatever. I just want a hypothetical explanation of how the Jazz could keep the projected starting five they have now for years to come.

    • Josh Haslam

      Apparently it won’t let me post a link on here as I tried last night to respond to your comment. Type in on the Purple and Blues site “Can the Jazz Keep All 5″ and read that article I wrote a month ago. Then tell me what you think.

      • Mr. Binn

        Thanks Josh! Wonderful explanation! Based on your explanation I feel like the Jazz really can keep these guys together or at least I hope. I think all of these players aren’t too full of themselves to demand more money than the Jazz can offer so if they all stuck together I would not be surprised. I believe Dennis Lindsey and co. have a plan up their sleeve to keep these five and hopefully they get the timing right as you said! Thanks again for the explanation. GO JAZZ, GO!

        • Josh Haslam

          You’re welcome. I think they definitely have a plan for that but it’s going to be based a lot on what happens this year and who we draft next year so a lot of things have to go right but we can absolutely keep them all. Go Jazz!