An awful lot of praise - let's please not mess this up

So, this week Sports Illustrated ranked all teams' starting lineups and decided that Utah has the 5th best starting lineup in the NBA followed by the Spurs, Clippers, Cavs, and W's in that order. They had this to say about our young squad:


5. Utah Jazz

PROJECTED LINEUP: George Hill, Rodney Hood, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert

"One vote for this being the fourth best starting lineup in basketball and three votes for sixth places them firmly at No. 5 on the rankings. The Jazz traded for George Hill and moved Raul Neto to the bench. This lineup with Neto last season was the eighth most effective lineup in basketball of units that played at least 300 minutes together.

The Jazz are hoping for something similar to what the Indiana Pacers went through when they traded for Hill back in 2011. Pretty quickly, they became one of the most dominant lineups in the NBA with great length and versatility. The Jazz sport a better big-man tandem and a more reliable shooting guard than Lance Stephenson. This will be a top five lineup in basketball if it can remain healthy."

Today the same publication just had this to say about the bench:

1. Utah Jazz

PROJECTED BENCH: Dante Exum, Alec Burks, Joe Johnson, Trey Lyles, Boris Diaw

"The Utah Jazz, after a big offseason in which they added three key veterans, come in as our No. 1 bench unit by a nose over the Warriors. The biggest question they have is the return of Dante Exum, who missed last season with a torn ACL. How quickly will he adapt back to the NBA game and will his defense be as good as it was at the end of his rookie campaign?

Meanwhile, Alec Burks is a Houdini around the rim, Joe Johnson gives them outside shooting and versatility, and Trey Lyles had beautiful development on both ends of the floor during his rookie season. But the key to it all could be Boris Diaw. If he's the motivated Diaw that did whatever Gregg Popovich wanted him to do, this holds up as the top bench in the NBA. He's everything they want in a backup big man and gives Quin Snyder so many lineup options with his versatility."

That big #1 you see is their proclamation that Utah has the best - THE BEST - bench in the entire league.

So.... #5 Starting Lineup and #1 Bench in the NBA...okayyyyy, I mean I knew they were going to be good....but why is it that I get a bad feeling about our team getting this much attention?

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