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Utah Jazz Season Preview History

Utah Jazz Season Preview History

2012-13 UTAH JAZZ SEASON PREVIEW
Ever since the bygone days of Karl Malone and John Stockton, the Utah Jazz have tried in earnest to recreate the unprecedented success of those years, and the 2011-12 season was a another step in that direction. Although the team finished with a 36-30 record and made the playoffs as the eighth seed in the Western Conference, the Jazz were knocked out of the first round in a sweep by the San Antonio Spurs. Over the past several years, the Jazz have made a series of smart trades and cut bait with their higher-paid players at the right times to build an extremely talented roster that could finally be built for the long haul.

With the trade of superstar point guard Deron Williams before the 2011-12 season, it was the front office's hope that their younger players like Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors would continue to develop into key contributors. Over the course of the offseason, the Jazz brought in role players like point guard Mo Williams and forward Marvin Williams, both of whom are expected to be instant starters. In the draft, the Jazz only had one pick to work with and made it count by choosing guard Kevin Murphy. Murphy should instantly improve the team's shooting woes from the wing and could become a dynamic threat over the next several years.

Aside from a series of small moves during the offseason, the Jazz's depth chart remains largely unchanged from a year ago. Mo Williams will split time with Jamaal Tinsley at the point, while the team is hoping that shooting guard Gerald Hayward will take the next step in his development. The team also boasts great depth at that position, with Randy Foye and Alec Burks being able to spell Hayward during games. At forward, the team has high hopes for former high pick Derrick Favors and Paul Millsap, both of whom need to play better defense. Finally, the Jazz's center position is solved for the near future with Al Jefferson, who is one of the more athletic big men at his position.

Like many teams in the NBA, the Jazz have decided to bank their hopes on a collection of young talent who can grow and learn to play together. While the team is certainly top-heavy at certain positions on the floor, the Jazz hope that their improved depth, shedding of large contracts and a new philosophy will allow them to flourish and make headway in the Western Conference playoff race.

With the trade of superstar point guard Deron Williams before the 2011-12 season, it was the front office's hope that their younger players like Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors would continue to develop into key contributors. Over the course of the offseason, the Jazz brought in role players like point guard Mo Williams and forward Marvin Williams, both of whom are expected to be instant starters. In the draft, the Jazz only had one pick to work with and made it count by choosing guard Kevin Murphy. Murphy should instantly improve the team's shooting woes from the wing and could become a dynamic threat over the next several years.

Aside from a series of small moves during the offseason, the Jazz's depth chart remains largely unchanged from a year ago. Mo Williams will split time with Jamaal Tinsley at the point, while the team is hoping that shooting guard Gerald Hayward will take the next step in his development. The team also boasts great depth at that position, with Randy Foye and Alec Burks being able to spell Hayward during games. At forward, the team has high hopes for former high pick Derrick Favors and Paul Millsap, both of whom need to play better defense. Finally, the Jazz's center position is solved for the near future with Al Jefferson, who is one of the more athletic big men at his position.

Like many teams in the NBA, the Jazz have decided to bank their hopes on a collection of young talent who can grow and learn to play together. While the team is certainly top-heavy at certain positions on the floor, the Jazz hope that their improved depth, shedding of large contracts and a new philosophy will allow them to flourish and make headway in the Western Conference playoff race.

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.

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