Deseret News columnist Mike Sorensen cautioned against being too optimistic about the Utah Jazz this upcoming season. If you’re a Jazz Basketball fan hiding under a rock since the team was trounced in the first round by the Houston Rockets in last season’s playoffs, you’d be shocked to see that more than half of the team’s roster — including fan favourites — are now gone.
Off to play elsewhere are: Derrick Favors, Ricky Rubio, Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, Raul Neto, Ekpe Udoh, Thabo Sefolosha, and Grayson Allen. Taking their places on the team are Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic, Ed Davis, Jeff Green, and Emmanuel Mudiay.
Of course, I get what Sorensen wants to say. Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell need to outperform their last season selves in order to propel Utah on top of the Western Conference totem pole even if the new kids on the Jazz block do what are expected from them. Still I’m excited and can’t wait for the new season to unfold and see these ostensible strengths on paper translate to the basketball hardwood. In my years being a fan of the old Stockton-to-Malone crew, down to the DWill-AK47-Memo-Boozer days, I’ve never seen the franchise this aggressive in off-season player movements. We’ll find out soon enough if this will all work out.