The Utah Jazz did not qualify for the NBA Playoffs this year. But some teams with former Jazzmen did. In a way we've been living vicariously through them. But last night the Portland Trail Blazers and Brooklyn Nets were both eliminated, and now there remains only one former Jazz player in it.
Let's take a look at the playoffs it was for these guys:
I think Sap was the most impressive, as he did a lot of everything as the main man for his squad. His Game 7 performance left something to be desired, but it's hard to ask for more -- he gave it his all to even will his Atlanta Hawks to the post season. Big Al has a lot of fans here, but he once again showed his pluses and minuses under the microscope. He played injured, but did not suit up for the close out game at home. I think he took the easy route to go to the Bobcats and get his money and his minutes and his shots instead of taking less money and a lesser role to play for a winner. In the playoffs Al got his minutes and his shots, and zero wins, once again. That's who he is.
Deron was not as good as he should have been, period. I think you can say he wasn't happy to be bounced in the second round -- now past his physical peak, he's only seen the Conference Finals once, back when he was with the Jazz. Since then it's really been all downhill.
Wes, Kyle, and Booz are all role players now, and for the most part, played their roles well. Wes played the most minutes, and had a lot of chances to do good things on the floor as a starter. He couldn't make a three in the first round, but bounced back in the second. Kyle made almost all of his shots, and hustled a little big on the floor, picking up mover 5 rebounds a game. Carlos played half the game, and nearly averaged a double double in that time.
Devin, DeMarre, and #Molo were wildcards. Harris really took over at times off the bench and was shooting and passing at an elite level. Carroll hustled and hit threes, looking like a "3 and D" guy for stretches. Mo had his hands in the wins for his squad, but didn't play in every game and became less of a factor as the playoffs went on.
Kosta, Andrei, Derek, Earl, and Ronnie were after thoughts for their squads. Andrei's metrics show that he has a lot of game left, but Jason Kidd was more focused on playing Iso-scorers instead.
Only Fisher remains to 'represent' the Jazz. No, screw that, and screw him. For the Jazz fans there are no more Jazzmen playing in this playoffs. And thus, truly, this season is fully over.
Bring on the draft!