Research, Statistics, & Analytics

40 at 40 Part 21: Jeff Hornacek and roster urgency

The '88 Jazz led by a young stars Stockton and Malone almost beat the Lakers in the 2nd round. Five seasons later they were an easy out in the first around. What happened and what changed? Jeff Hornacek is part of the answer for sure, but . . .

40 at 40 Part 20: Halfway there

So this is the 20th post in this series, the halfway mark. The Jazz are at the halfway mark of their season as well. And many of these guys seem like half finished products. Such synergy. Much meaningfulness. Connected. Wowe.

40 at 40 Part 19: How many games do the Jazz win?

The 2013-2014 Utah Jazz season has 40 games left in it, over 86 days, starting tonight. Some of the teams are tanking, some are going for it. How will the team do?

40 at 40 Part 18: Are the Jazz more athletic now?

When the Jazz franchise was at their best they were a deep team of veterans on the downsides of their careers. This Jazz team is on the opposite side of the mountain in terms of success, but also athleticism. Is this the most athletic Jazz team ever?

40 at 40 Part 17: Karl Malone is under rated

How do you call a Hall of Fame player who has two MVP awards, two All-Star Game MVP awards, two Gold Medals, a 14 time All-Star, 14 time All-NBA Team member, a 4 time All-NBA Defensive Team member "under rated"? By looking at the numbers. That's how.

40 at 40 Part 16: '03-04 Andrei vs. '13-14 Gordon

The Utah Jazz were unable to extend Gordon Hayward's rookie deal, and the 2013-2014 season could be his last with the Jazz heading into an uncertain restricted free agency. In 2003-2004 Andrei Kirilenko had a monster year. It's time to compare them.

40 at 40 Part 15: DRB% leads to WIN% & DEF RTG?

The defense doesn't rest until they have the ball back in their hands. The normal way this happens is by playing defense, making the other team miss, and getting the defensive rebound. Is there a relationship between winning, DRB% and DEF RTG?

40 at 40 Part 14: Stockton is better than your PG

Over the last 20 years there have been numerous changes to the game, the rules of the game, and who perception tells us "has game." One thing doesn't change. It's that if the game is playing point guard, John Stockton is still the Point God.

40 at 40 Part 13: Spotting (up) offensive problems

The Utah Jazz are diversifying their offense from the traditional post up slog to one which involves a variety of ball handlers. The key is to maintain floor space by keeping the defense honest outside. This means making spot up jumpers. Somehow.

40 at 40 Part 12: Is Jeremy more than a dunker?

Jeremy Evans is in his fourth season in the NBA, and people still don't know what he is capable of. Is he a real rotation player in the NBA, or will he never be anything more than just a dunker?

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