Utah Jazz Season Preview History
NBA PLAYOFFS - First Round Preview (2012 Playoffs)
(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) Utah Jazz
After being bounced from the playoffs in the first round last season, the Spurs are back in the same position and not looking to see history repeat itself. The main cast is as it has been, with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili setting the pace for the team four four championships in the last 12 years. San Antonio is never one of the most feared teams at the beginning of the season and are often overlooked due to its non-flashy style of play, but seem to also be the most consistent team in the NBA year after year.
Utah snuck into the last playoff spot late in the season and hope to repeat what Memphis was able to do last season. Led by Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Gordon Hayward, the Jazz averaged 99.7 points per game in the regular season and was the best offensive rebounding team in the Western Conference (Spurs were tops in defensive rebounding). Jefferson and DeJaun Blair will be an interesting matchup in the paint as will Hayward and Ginobili.
A trip to Los Angeles is likely in store for the winner of this match, whether it be against the Lakers or Clippers.
Utah Jazz 2012 NBA Preview:
It’s a new day in Salt Lake City, but don’t call the loss of Deron Williams last year to the Nets a cause for rebuilding for the Jazz. That’s because the Jazz can contend now with one of the strongest front court cores in the league between big men Al Jefferson, Paul Milsap, Mehmet Okur and last year’s first round pick Enes Kanter. As for the guard play, the Jazz did receive former All-Star Devin Harris in the trade for Williams, and his leadership and defensive skills are what the Jazz are looking for most. There are a lot of new and moving parts in Utah, but with some time under their belt together, the Jazz could be the team to look out for in 2011-12.
2010-2011 Utah Jazz NBA Preview:
In an offseason characterized by free agent frenzy, the Utah Jazz lost both Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver to the Chicago Bulls. While losing Boozer and Korver may make it difficult for the Jazz to make a run to the finals, they certainly have enough talent and depth to make a return trip to the playoffs.
The Jazz may not have landed any big name free agents, but they still have the leadership of point guard Deron Williams, who averaged more than 10 assists per game while scoring 18.7 a contest. Having Williams back will certainly help, and he is joined by recent acquisitions Al Jefferson and Raja Bell. Both Jefferson and Bell are proven veterans, and Bell in particular can be a lock down defender if needed.
One of the question marks for the Jazz is whether or not they can stay healthy. Injuries have plagued Utah the last two seasons, with Andrei Kirilenko and Mehmet Okur missing time down the stretch and in the playoffs. If the two big men can stay on the court, and the Jazz can get production out of rookies Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Evans, there's no reason they won't be a top five seed in the Western Conference.
2009-2010 Utah Jazz NBA Preview:
The Utah Jazz look good heading into the 2009-2010 NBA season. The return a roster full of talented players, including; superstars Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams. In addition to those two, the Jazz have Andrei Kirilenko, Mehmet Okur, CJ Miles and Ronnie Brewer. Throw in newbie Goran Suton and you have a top to bottom roster as good as anyone in the Western Conference. Now the Jazz just need to play up to their potential and they should be a force in the NBA playoffs.
2008-2009 Utah Jazz NBA Preview:
The Utah Jazz have shown themselves to be a powerful force in the Western Conference, making it to the conference finals only to lose to the powerful Los Angeles Lakers. With Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams stepping up as bright stars, the Utah Jazz play a powerful and physical game that most teams find a real challenge to match up against. Watching a Jazz game at the EnergySolutions Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, you’ll see the new class of Utah Jazz greats take their physical game to the next level and perhaps to the NBA Finals.