The Jazz have officially begun to rebuild. *Gasp* Our playoff hopes are dashed and the dreaded "T" word has been thrown around by the national pundits. It doesn't have to be all doom and gloom however. Just take a look at a little video I found and let's take a big swig of that half-full glass of koolaid.
I know that this may be a little presumptuous but a game took place in March last year that gave us a peek into the potential of this new-look Jazz. First the disclaimers: It was against the Charlotte Bobcats. Second, it was against the Charlotte Bobcats(twice for emphasis). Thirdy our personnel will be much different this upcoming season, most notably the contribution of Demarre Carroll who many were sad to see leave(He chipped in a career-high 19 points to go along with 3 rebounds in the game).
Having said that it is still a worthwhile extrapolation in my mind to dream a little. The most notable performance that jumps off the page is clearly Enes Kanter who dominated the game pouring in 23 points and absolutely dominating the glass with 22 rebounds. The Jazz outrebounded the Bobcats by a staggering margin of 62-24. Again, for the third time, it's the Bobcats, but the fact remains that a frontcourt of Kanter and Favors is a nightmare for any team to deal with. The Jazz ended up beating Charlotte by 30 points, 98 - 68, and it was never really close. The Jazz used a stingy defense and a high-energy, transition offense to overwhelm Michael Jordan's Bobcats.
This is the best-case scenario for many of us Jazz fans and the front office as well. I came across these highlights while I was satiating my appetite for some Jazz content and thought it would be an interesting conversation to start. It could be said that our point guard play will be at the very least be improved next year. If the core 4 can continue their progression with Kanter continuing his upward trend and Favors developing a go-to move the Jazz can be a very good team. It won't likely happen overnight, and we might not want it to with the promising cornucopia that is the 2014 NBA draft looming, but in my opinion the most exciting aspect of this team is its potential defensively.
So if nothing else, take 5 minutes to watch the video and let your mind wander to thoughts of infinite potential and a Wiggins or Parker galloping down the court in slow motion through a glossy lens. How many wins will the Jazz get next year? Do you want to Jazz to win a lot or are you hoping for a high draft pick in 2014? Which potential Jazz starter will have the biggest season statistically and who has the highest odds of dropping off?
Here are the Highlights: