After starting the season by falling just short to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 3 point loss, the Jazz have since dropped the next 5 games to go 0-6 on the season, the worst start since the Jazz have been in Utah and now sit as the only winless team in the NBA.
The Jazz are young and inexperienced and came into this season with many questions and concerns with the roster, rotation and countless other things. But going two weeks in without a win dips below the already low expectations the team had this year and such results are detrimental to the team, and the fans.
“Winning fixes everything” is the mantra often heard when a team faces controversy and adversity, but on the other end excessive losing can derail teams too.
No one expects the Jazz to contend for a title, or get wins against the better teams in the NBA for that matter, but sitting at the bottom of the league with a winless record is something that Jazz fans and Salt Lake City, who cherish their NBA franchise arguably more than any other city, can’t deem acceptable.
Essentially, at point blank it looks like the way the team is playing is just something Jazz fans will need to get used to: the team just doesn’t have the talent. But really is it something more than that? Does Ty Corbin not have proper control of the team? Are Favors and Kanter not starting caliber players like everyone thought they’d be?
Typically teams that start off the way the Jazz have, sometimes falling all the way to 0-9, 0-11 and beyond are teams that are wrecked from the bottom up. But the Jazz are better than that, one would think.
The Jazz have a great front office, full fan support, and players that have had a few years of experience, but something is not clicking right now.
Statistically the weak point for the Jazz has been scoring and assists, sitting at 29th in the league at 90 ppg and 25th in assists with only 17.6 per game . When boiled down these stats make sense, in fact last year’s best scorers are gone: Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. And Trey Burke, who was budgeted to take on much of the left over work load at point guard remains out with a broken finger.
Still the Bobcats, just to name a team who has just as equal talent as Utah if not less, has strung together 3 wins thus far.
In reality talent does not correlate to wins, a blend of talent added with coaching, a good rotation, and team chemistry is what gets wins.
Look at the Suns for a good example of what the Jazz should ideally look like this season. That team is coached by none other than Jeff Hornacek, Jazz legend and an assist to Corbin last year. Phoenix sits at 4-2 and has been getting it done against doable opponents, like Denver and New Orleans.
The question everyone’s thinking is: can Ty Corbin coach this team, let alone any NBA team? Coaches often take on a bigger burden than maybe deserved but in a case like this there seems to be signs of trouble that go beyond the talent on the team.
If the Jazz continue on like this, how will the affect them long term? What kind of toll can this take on a team full of youngsters who are submerged in a culture of losing? How will fans react to another year of irrelevancy?
These are questions that involve the long term future for the Utah Jazz. Although tanking may improve their chances in landing a potential super star in the next draft, the current path might outweigh such a benefit as the Jazz sit with the worst record in the NBA.