For the past week, I have spent my time down in Phoenix, Arizona. In a hotel with no wi-fi or computer, being away from the Jazz was tough. I returned back home last night just after the game was wrapping up, but luckily had the games recorded so I could still see the outcome. However, it was Monday night, and the season finale of “The Bachelor” was on, and my wife insisted on watching that before I could turn on a Jazz game. I thought about how the Jazz, to me, could be the “Bachelor” of the NBA. Pretty soon the limo will pull up to the NBA Draft and out will walk contestants hoping to find true love with an NBA team.
The Jazz should be a destination that most of these contestants would want to be with after this draft is all said and done. The Jazz have a core group of young guys that makes Utah an appealing destination. With Trey Burke running the point, Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward playing the wings, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter commanding the paint, Marvin Williams and Jeremy Evans playing a key bench role, the Jazz need one more player to make them look like a playoff caliber team in a few short seasons.
Guys like Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins are the front runners in the competition to get the Jazz’s final rose, but guys like Doug McDermott could be hoping to steal the Jazz’s hearts late in the game. Also, with the free agent class looking very stellar, the Jazz could be looking to add a big name free agent if they miss out on one of the top guys. With the money that the Jazz will have to play with, and the core of young guys looking so promising, there is a very real possibility that those things could help land a big name free agent, if Dennis Lindsey can persuade them.
Chad Ford said yesterday that the Jazz now have a zero percent chance of making the playoffs and are lottery bound, which has been expected for awhile now. It is time to really start looking forward to the draft and seeing how things will play out for the Jazz. We should believe in Dennis Lindsey to find the right match for the Jazz. He won’t string Jazz fans along with false and empty promises, he will make sure that the Jazz don’t fall in love with the wrong person.