We know the Oklahoma City Thunder are a good team, and we know that the Utah Jazz aren't really that good at all. Perhaps we need to look at more than just a team by season by season, but look at the big picture. OKC is a contender, and have been for a long while now. The Jazz, as a franchise, have been in a tail-spin since losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs three seasons in a row half a decade ago.
One think OKC didn't do was that they didn't skip steps. They took their beatings, and their young guys learned from them.
Sure, they flipped Green, but got the starting center from the NBA championship team for him. Could we flip anyone for a starter from the Spurs or Heat? I don't think so. Reggie Jackson averages more minutes per season than Kanter or Burks does, and jackson played 500 minutes as a rookie. Anyway, by comparison, this is where we are.
I think we're going to lose tonight. I hope our guys learn from it. And as this season comes to another close, let's hope that our front office learns that it's the wrong thing to try to skip steps.