There are many buzz words floating around the Jazz these days. Tanking, developing, winning culture, defensive identity, draft of the decade to name a few. Everyone has an opinion. Some fans think the Jazz, mainly Corbin, are relying too much on the vets at the expense of the young guns minutes? Fans have attached themselves to certain players and have become increasingly vocal as the season has went on especially when they don't see the results or the overall improvement in their favorite player. Some fans are are more than half empty at this point, some fans are the cup is half full types. The truth probably lies some where in the middle.
It can be easy looking at the F5 or however you would like to call them and see nothing but the best. Every mistake is overlooked for the glimpse of greatness. We all want these guys to be future all-stars, rotation players, who would like to play for the Jazz for the rest of their careers. Soon, though the rubber will meet the road. Contract offers, will either be good like in the case of Favors or bad like in the case of Hayward if he gets a max contract. Eventually, the Jazz will run out of money to give their young guys and someone's favorite player will be left out, traded, or simply move on. It's the way the NBA works.
Developing will give way to the expectation of winning and hopefully more accountability for the coaching staff and front office. Yet here we are at the crossroads again. Jazz fans have been here way too many times the past couple of years. Last year it seemed like were we were perpetually stuck at the cross road of winning or developing? This year it seems like we are stuck at the Crossroad of developing and winning too much.The trade deadline is looming, here is hoping that the Vets are moved this year.
The Jazz just beat the Wiz, the Kings are coming in on a back to back which is likely to mean another win and potentially moving past them in the road to now where sweep stakes. Meanwhile, Rudy and Clark, ride the pine. The season of discovery which to me means playing different lineups, positions, minutes etc. has turned into Corbin basically screwing the Jazz by milking an extra 5 to 10 wins out of this bunch due to his lack of a contract status.
Other NBA teams seem to have the ability to develop and lose enough to improve their lottery odds. There are no bonus points for finishing as the 4th worst team in the Western Conference which is where the Jazz are heading. Even the Lakers who have all the advantages in today's NBA are about swoop in and try to pick up a potential franchise piece from this draft. Possibly one that the Jazz need way more than the Lakers do at this point.
What is going on here? I am not seeing a player capable of leading the Jazz to a championship on this roster. I'm not very optimistic that the Jazz can find another Harden deal out there either. Are the Jazz blowing it? Why can't the Jazz just let the last half of this season go to developing Rudy, Clark, Evans, Kanter? The promise of the future hangs in the balance as the Jazz move ever closer to the road of mediocrity. The names may change but the results will stay the same.
The Jazz have been a .500 team since they were fully healthy. It's not like we haven't seen that for the past 3 years.