The Jazz could and should have 19 wins after tonight when they host the Philadelphia 76ers. If so they will be 13th in the West and in the bottom 7 or 8 in the league. With next years draft class every win results in a bitter sweet feeling as the top guys in the class are slipping away.
It could be worse though, mush worse. The Jazz could be exactly where they were last year in the 8th or 9th spot. Just to give you an idea of what that means, the Mavs who currently are 8th in the West will be drafting in the 21st spot. I’ve studied the draft, the players and the up and coming players and I can tell you I love the top 17 guys projected in the draft but that’s where it stops.
Now why would I bring up the 8th spot in the West for this Jazz team? 15-9. That’s why.
15-9 is the record the Jazz have when they are fully healthy and have a starting lineup with Marvin, Favors, Hayward, Trey and RJ. Would it be awesome if the Jazz made the playoffs? Absolutely, but in the long run having a top 10 pick in this draft will go a lot farther. Looking at the list of players coming out I think there are a lot more hits than people realize. Jazz fans and really fans of any team want an Embiid or a Jabari but in reality a player like Dario Saric or Dante Exum or Tyler Ennis could all be stars.
So when complaining the Jazz should have lost to the Lakers or basically every game cause we are passing teams on the bottom. Remember one thing, the Jazz are a much better team than any team at the bottom. The Jazz are a borderline playoff team in the West when healthy. In the West! That means the Jazz would have home court in the East for the playoffs.
Jazz are blessed to be in the bottom 8 this year and being greedy doesn’t get a franchise anywhere. (Just ask Cleveland)