### 2014-2015 Utah Jazz Syllabus

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#### Requirements:

The following is a set of guidelines of what to watch for this upcoming season as well as set expectations of what we would like to see from players, coaches, and other participants within the Jazz organization.

#### Course Description:

The Utah Jazz have been rich with their culture and legacy for several decades now, peaking with their dominance of the 1990s with NBA legends John Stockton and Karl Malone led by coach Jerry Sloan. As their careers waned, the Jazz have been in search for a lasting identity to establish a new era of dominance. This is easier said than done.

This cycle's attempt involves a defense-discipline-and-development-focused rookie coach in Quin Snyder. With his new system, along with the vast collection of young, but not quite elite, talent, the Jazz hope to put themselves on the right track to a new dynasty of dominance for years to come. This year's course will ideally make it clear which of our current personnel and assets can eventually lead us to this goal.

#### Course Prequisites:

- Analysis of what made Stockton and Malone successful, and also what kept them from winning it all
- Passion for the team's future success.

#### Course goals and expectations:

Not all basketball players or teams are created equal, thus many of these expectations will be given out on an individual basis on a curve. A decent amount of these benchmarks will require them to get enough minutes to achieve these. This is considered the responsibility of the player to prove to the coach that he has earned enough to get the minutes to do so. The rule of thumb in this course is that to earn a C, the person must make minor improvements from last season, while to earn a B or A, one must make major improvements.

First up will be team expectations followed by individual expectations. I grouped the team grades with the coach since the reality is that the coach is typically the one who gets blamed when the team does not succeed.

**2014-2015 Utah Jazz and/or Coach Snyder:**

To earn an A, the Jazz must achieve 3 out of 5 of the following:

- The team must be in the top 5 in Defensive rating (24th last season)
- The team must be in the top 5 for Offensive rating (14th last season)
- Have an All-NBA player
- Make the playoffs
- Novak plays less than 10 MPG; Gobert plays more than 25 MPG

- The team must be in the top 10 in Defensive rating (24th last season)
- The team must be in the top 10 for Offensive rating (14th last season)
- Have a player in the all-star game
- Get 35+ wins
- Novak plays less than 15 MPG; Gobert plays more than 20 MPG

- The team must be in the top 15 in Defensive rating (24th last season)
- The team must be in the top 15 for Offensive rating (14th last season)
- Have a player place in the top 5 in votes for Most Improved
- Get 25+ wins
- Novak plays less than 20 MPG; Gobert plays more than 15 MPG

**Derrick Favors:**

To earn an A, Favors must achieve 3 out of 5 of the following:

- Average at least 15 points
- Average at least 10 rebounds
- Average at least 1.5 blocks
- Average at least 1.0 steals
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 100

- Average at least 14 points
- Average at least 9 rebounds
- Average at least 1.4 blocks
- Average at least 0.9 steals
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 102

- Average at least 13 points
- Average at least 8 rebounds
- Average at least 1.2 blocks
- Average at least 0.8 steals
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 104

**Gordon Hayward:**

To earn an A, Hayward must achieve 3 out of 5 of the following:

- Average at least 18 points
- Have above a 45 FG%
- Have above a 40 3P%
- Have a PER of at least 20
- Average at least 6 assists

- Average at least 17 points
- Have above a 43 FG%
- Have above a 38 3P%
- Have a PER of at least 19
- Average at least 5 assists

- Average at least 16 points
- Have above a 42 FG%
- Have above a 35 3P%
- Have a PER of at least 18
- Average at least 4 assists

**Alec Burks:**

To earn an A, Burks must achieve 3 out of 5 of the following:

- Average at least 18 points
- Have above a 46 FG%
- Have above a 40 3P%
- Have a PER of at least 20
- Average at least 4 assists

- Average at least 17 points
- Have above a 43 FG%
- Have above a 38 3P%
- Have a PER of at least 18
- Average at least 3,5 assists

- Average at least 16 points
- Have above a 42 FG%
- Have above a 35 3P%
- Have a PER of at least 16
- Average at least 3 assists

**Enes Kanter:**

To earn an A, Kanter must achieve 3 out of 5 of the following:

- Average at least 18 points
- Average at least 10 rebounds
- Have above a 55 FG%
- Have a PER of at least 20
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 104

- Average at least 16 points
- Average at least 9 rebounds
- Have above a 52 FG%
- Have a PER of at least 18
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 106

- Average at least 14 points
- Average at least 8 rebounds
- Have above a 50 FG%
- Have a PER of at least 16
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 108

**Trey Burke:**

To earn an A, Burke must achieve 3 out of 5 of the following:

- Average at least 15 points
- Average at least 8 assists
- Have above a 45 FG%
- Have above a 40 3P%
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 104

- Average at least 14 points
- Average at least 7 assists
- Have above a 42 FG%
- Have above a 38 3P%
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 106

- Average at least 13 points
- Average at least 6 assists
- Have above a 40 FG%
- Have above a 36 3P%
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 108

**Dante Exum:**

To earn an A, Exum must achieve 3 out of 5 of the following:

- Average at least 12 points
- Average at least 6 assists
- Have above a 45 FG%
- Have above a 40 3P%
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 104

- Average at least 10 points
- Average at least 5 assists
- Have above a 42 FG%
- Have above a 38 3P%
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 106

- Average at least 8 points
- Average at least 4 assists
- Have above a 40 FG%
- Have above a 36 3P%
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 108

**Rudy Gobert:**

To earn an A, Gobert must achieve 3 out of 5 of the following:

- Average at least 9 points
- Average at least 9 rebounds
- Average at least 2.0 blocks
- Have above a 70 FT%
- Have a offensive rating of at least 105

- Average at least 7 points
- Average at least 7 rebounds
- Average at least 1.5 blocks
- Have above a 60 FT%
- Have a offensive rating of at least 102

- Average at least 5 points
- Average at least 5 rebounds
- Average at least 1.2 blocks
- Have above a 50 FT%
- Have a offensive rating of at least 100

**Rodney Hood:**

To earn an A, Hood must achieve 3 out of 5 of the following:

- Average at least 11 points
- Have above a 46 FG%
- Have above a 40 3P%
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 100
- Average at least 3 rebounds or assists (not combined)

- Average at least 9 points
- Have above a 44 FG%
- Have above a 37 3P%
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 105
- Average at least 2.5 rebounds or assists (not combined)

- Average at least 7 points
- Have above a 42 FG%
- Have above a 34 3P%
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 110
- Average at least 2 rebounds or assists (not combined)

**Trevor Booker:**

To earn an A, Booker must achieve 3 out of 5 of the following:

- Average at least 8 points
- Average at least 7 rebounds
- Have a PER of at least 18
- Have above a 75 FT%
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 100

- Average at least 7 points
- Average at least 6 rebounds
- Have a PER of at least 17
- Have above a 70 FT%
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 102

- Average at least 6 points
- Average at least 5 rebounds
- Have a PER of at least 16
- Have above a 65 FT%
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 105

**Jeremy Evans:**

To earn an A, Evans must achieve 3 out of 5 of the following:

- Average at least 8 points
- Average at least 7 rebounds
- Have a PER of at least 18
- Have above a 75 FT%
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 100

- Average at least 7 points
- Average at least 6 rebounds
- Have a PER of at least 17
- Have above a 70 FT%
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 105

- Average at least 6 points
- Average at least 5 rebounds
- Have a PER of at least 16
- Have above a 68 FT%
- Have a defensive rating no higher than 110

#### Conclusion:

This season for the Jazz is still an enigma at this point, so it is recommended that everyone goes into it with an open mind, and a positive can-do attitude. It is likely that there will be a learning curve at times; do not get deterred, but rather seize this opportunity to prove that this team with its eclectic group of players can put this franchise back on top of the league for years to come! Good luck on passing this course.

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