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Utah Jazz Power Rankings Round-Up: Week 14

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Okay, so LAST week's ranking round up just dropped yesterday. THIS week's ranking which should have dropped yesterday is dropping today. So, yeah. We're getting back to normal-ish. Anyway, so the Utah Jazz went 1-2 for the week in question. The Utah Jazz dropped a hard fought game against the Los Angeles Clippers, and beat the Golden State Warriors. Sadly, they lost to the Boston Celtics. Three home games. Two good teams. One win. Somehow it wasn't against the lotto team. This is our Jazz this year, I guess.

For reals though? I'm still on a high from beating the Dubs, one of the best wins of the last few seasons for sure. But that's what I think. What did the rest of the national media think? Let's see!

Site: ESPN Record: 17-30 Not a bad little January for Derrick Favors, who had six double-doubles and hiked his PER to a robust 22.37. The Jazz, meanwhile, are quietly up to a passable 11-11 since their rough 6-19 start after capping the month with that memorable Friday night undressing of the mighty Warriors.
Author: Marc Stein This Week: #19
Date: 2/2/2015 Last Week: #20
Site: SB Nation Record: 17-30 The Dante Exum experience has been a struggle. Over the last three games, Exum's shot 2-13 from the field while having just one more assist than turnover. Quin Synder is giving him the starting nod, but Trey Burke is still putting in 30-plus minutes off the bench.
Author: Drew Garrison This Week: #19
Date: 2/2/2015 Last Week: #19
Site: Yahoo! Sports Record: 17-30 It’s good to see that the Rocky Mountain Revue summer league will be returning to Salt Lake City. It was last held in 2008.
Author: Marc J. Spears This Week: #20
Date: 2/2/2015 Last Week: #22
Site: CBS Sports Record: 17-30 Utah is getting better every month. It won't show in the record but it does show in how it plays and in its quality wins, like its shocker over Golden State this week.
Author: Matt Moore This Week: #20
Date: 2/2/2015 Last Week: #20
Site: Sports Illustrated Record: 17-30 The Jazz will take the bad with the good when starting a teenager at point guard. After posting back-to-back double-digit performances in wins two weeks ago, Dante Exum didn’t fare so well last week. The rookie missed 10 of his 12 three-point attempts and scored a combined six points in three games.
Author: Matt Dollinger This Week: #21
Date: 2/2/2015 Last Week: #23
Site: Record: 17-30 Pace: 92.9 (28) OffRtg: 102.9 (15) DefRtg: 106.1 (27) NetRtg: -3.2 (23)
The Jazz are making their way through a tough stretch of schedule and are obviously still a few steps from putting it all together, especially in the backcourt. But Friday's win over the Warriors was a taste of their potential. Gordon Hayward (26 points, 15 rebounds, six assists) played like a star and their four-man frontline was strong from top to bottom.
Author: John Schuhmann This Week: #20
Date: 2/2/2015 Last Week: #20

Yeah, so we learn that beating the Dubs means more than losing to the Celtics. The Jazz, despite a 1-2 week, got a +5 overall from the panel, and are now up to an average ranking of 19.83. So the Jazz are a Top 20 team in the league. Is this what we felt during the off-season? I did think the team would play well based off of what they did during the preseason, for sure. But with two rotation guys out (Alec Burks and Rodney Hood), starting TWO rookies right now, is this team better than 1/3rd of the league? The national writers think so. And that's pretty awesome.