Posted by: Dave Leeky on October 25th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I’m a long time fan from England and although I watch plenty of games, it has always been a lifetime ambition of mine to watch the Jazz play at home in Salt Lake. Now I’m old enough, and started working, so I’m almost in a position to afford the airfare, but I’ve got a question that I keep pondering: will the Jazz be better this season or next?
Any Jazz fan would always say their team will get better year-on-year, but it got me wondering whether 2013-4 might be a year of change.
Hayward, Kanter, Favors and Burks should all have had the benefit of a training camp and develop into better players, although looking at Favors he has been somewhat disappointing in pre-season (at least offensively). So it might be that Favors will only truly make the step-up next season (2013-4) particularly when there may be more minutes available. Equally, one might think that all the young players will be better year-on-year so 2013-4 might be the best year of their short careers.
I love Millsap, but chances are I think he leaves or is traded this season, so not only will the Jazz lose his offensive production in 2013-4, but also a player that resembles the heart of the team. Coupled with the predicted loss of Al that is an awful lot of possessions and points that the Jazz will lose in 2013-4 so looking at the team currently it is difficult to see where the points are going to come from, even if Hayward, Favors etc averages go up. This might all depend on a trade and if Kanter/Favors were ready to lead the team, a trade might help the Jazz upgrade at PG.
Cap space though might solve a lot of the problems invisaged in the above paragraph, but I’m not even going to list all the possible free agents here as it is unlikely that any will go to Utah as historically it is never the case. To attract a free agent it is also likely that the Jazz will have to overpay for one, so again this comes with its own health-warning. However, the Jazz could use the flexibilty to take bad contracts and perhaps build further through the draft, but this would again make the Jazz an even younger team and take years before any impact is seen.
All this at a time when the Jazz have a new GM with new ideas and even a new vision. So will 2013-4 be a time to start thinking top 4 in the West (although I know some of us are thinking we can do this, this year!) or another year of transition?
Hmm… so the 2012-3 or the 2013-4 Jazz? Which will be better? Too many variables to quantify I reckon, but before this season has even begun, I thought I go and post a waffley long post considering the season after this one, crazy? No just bored!
Ignoring all the other stuff, I reckon it might boil-down to this: The starting line-up is perhaps likely to be better in 2013-4 (player development/trades), but there’s no way I can see the 2013-4 Jazz having the same depth as the current roster.
Sorry JazzNation, that just ended-up being a random collection of thoughts in the end, but thank you for reading!
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