Posted by: Brian McCann on November 24th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I think most of us can say that we are pleasantly surprised with the way the Jazz have played so far this season. Especially due to the fact that this team has hovered around .500 for the last three or four seasons until the New Year. Usually they pick things up at that point and go on a little bit of a run to tighten things up in the west. I have looked back in hindsight at the end of each season and wondered what could have been different had the Jazz only come out of the gate strong; especially since the last few seasons have ended with only a few wins separating the 2nd and 8th seeds.
I’m not saying this team is perfect-far from it. They still have not grasped the offense as a team, and the fluidity just isn’t there yet. Also, the offensive rebounding situation is frustrating enough to make me want to fast-forward through huge chunks of their games. What I am saying is that right now today, this team is on pace to win 54 or 55 games, and we haven’t even seen their best yet. Sure there will be the occasional slip where we lose to a sub-par team at home, but every team has those nights. To me, it’s about finding a way to be predictably consistent and winning three out of every four games you play. That is what most really good teams do, and that would land the Jazz one of the top two seeds in the west.
Right now, we rank #29 in rebounding in the NBA, but I truly believe that that will come around once everyone knows the offensive and defensive schemes to the point that they react to situations based on instinct rather than thinking so much about where they should be on the floor based on a given circumstance. A lot of the time it looks like guys aren’t boxing out because they are either focusing too much on playing their part in the offense, or worrying about where they should help out in the defense. I just don’t see a Jerry Sloan team finishing the season in the bottom third of all teams in rebounding efficiency.
It’s a long season, and we have already experienced a few bumps along the way, but, all things considered, I am happy with where we are at, and I only think we will get better.
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