Posted by: David J. Smith on November 2nd, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
It was exhilarating to once again welcome the Utah Jazz regular season. For Jazz fans, the feeling is akin to Christmas morning. And if game one was indicative, we are in for an exciting, fun season.
First off, here is my first regular season Instant Analysis for the Deseret News. This has my main impressions of our team’s opening performance.
Now, some additional thoughts:
- We knew it would be the case, but relentless rebounding will be a huge strength for us this year. In addition to the excellence of Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson, the improved effort and ability of Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter will help us even further. It has to be intimidating a bit, especially to an undermanned, undersized team like Dallas.
- The accelerated pace was thrilling. The best part about it: it wasn’t frantic and minus a few instances, was under control. Fastbreaks can really open things up, but I am also a big fan of early offense. One of the best things about John Stockton and Deron Williams was the way they would try to quickly assess things and if there was a good shot available, they facilitated this.
- With Mo Williams, Marvin Williams, Gordon Hayward, etc, we have a corps of guys who can and will run the floor. Our bigs are showing increased mobility in getting up and down.
- Much has been said about Alec Burks’ lack of playing time. I am a big Burks supporter and naturally want to see him get more burn. That said, I am trying to avoid the overreaction that always comes prematurely…both in regards to positive and not-so-positive trends. Let’s see how we sit after a few weeks.
- Jamaal Tinsley started out the preseason very well, but tailed off toward the end. Against Dallas, he had some nice moments, but also looked overmatched by the Mavs’ speedy point guard duo of Darren Collison and Roddy Beaubois. Now, I think JT can hold his own against most back-up PGs, but after Mo was tagged with the early fouls, he was pitted against Collison. It causes me to worry a bit about how we’ll fare if Mo gets injured.
- Marvin Williams was perhaps the most consistent player during the preseason and he kept it coming Wednesday. He got all his shots (except one early rushed three) smoothly within the context of our offensive schemes. I am always appreciative of guys who move well without the ball and work hard to put themselves in solid positions to score.
- Good outside shooting is a beautiful thing!
- I would love to see Coach Corbin pull the veterans a bit earlier in the cases of blowouts. After watching the unfortunate Taysom Hill incident, you can never be too careful. Additionally, every minute our young guys like Kevin Murphy and Jeremy Evans (not to mention Burks) can get is beneficial.
- There is already an excitement about this team. That third quarter outburst was punctuated by the players’ reactions: they were having fun, were very supportive of each other, and seem to have a unity already. A combination of vets and young guys, key additions, and a full training camp have got to be factors.
I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait for tonight’s game, our first roadie of the year. Go Jazz!
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