We love Jam sessions here at SLC Dunk. It makes sense as we're the Utah Jazz, the only music related team in the league (unless you think Thunder is music). So for the end of this season I asked the crew seven questions. You'll get a new one each day all week long. Hope you enjoy these.
#2: What one simple thing / change / or tweak that would have made this season much more enjoyable for you?
Basketball John: I'm assuming a coaching change isn't a small tweak. The most enjoyable part will be the reward of the draft.
Peter J Novak: My biggest point of contention was bringing in a roster bereft of talent and in need of development while retaining a coach that is trying desperately to earn another paycheck. As we all know, it is much easier in the NBA to replace one head coach making a million or two per year instead of a 13 man roster taking home $60 million. The Jazz should have made this move last offseason, or at the very least in December when the playoffs were out of sight.
Clark: I've really enjoyed most of the season. It is what I expected, and it's been fun to watch the future of the Jazz play minutes and succeed and struggle and pout and celebrate and ultimately grow. I would have enjoyed seeing more possessions, way more pace, and a more open brand of basketball. The Jazz, outside of Jazz fandom, have become one of the most unwatchable brands of basketball in the league. Their offense lead to too many rushed shots at the latter portion of the shot clock. More fast breaks, dunks, and 3 pointers may not have lead to a much better record, but it would certainly have been more aesthetically pleasing.
TazzJazzFan: More minutes put into developing the youth playing as a unit. Not just more playing time, but playing together. We need an idea of what other pieces we need around them, or if we need to think about addition by subtraction (that's a nice way of saying trade players)
Moni: The abolishment of Daylight Savings.
YuccaMan: A commitment from the coaching staff to (a) maximize the levels of achievement of all the five young players and (b) maximize opportunities to see how well they can play together as a unit. They did with Gordon Hayward, and you could argue the same with Derrick Favors. But to not even bother finding out if Alec Burks could be that kind of a reliable scorer as a 36 min/game starter? To decide that Enes Kanter and Favors simply cannot play together based on the team’s record with John Lucas III as the starting PG?
Spencer Campbell: Honestly, I would like the front office to stop treating one of the smartest fan bases in the NBA like the stupidest fan base in the NBA. Don't just say we have a smart fan base, treat us like we are a smart fan base and give us more truth and transparency.
Prodigal Punk: A better defensive scheme. The Jazz got blown out of way too many games, and it was soul crushing. Had they been able to develop into a better defensive team, that would have helped them stay in games, despite their horrible shooting.
AllThatAmar: I would have liked it if Richard Jefferson was allowed to be a variable, and not a constant in the grand experiment that was this season. I would have loved to have seen Gordon Hayward or Marvin Williams or even Alec Burks start at SF some games. If you were really trying to figure out things about your team you shouldn't be doing it with the idea that RJ -- a guy most likely gone in a few weeks for good -- is our touchstone. That just looks like poor planning, or an general inability to understand reality. Maybe that's who our decision makers are at the coaching level?
Thanks again gang, and please be sure to give your answers in the comments section as well! Woo! Participation!