For Jazz fans the past year has been a rollercoaster of a year with highs and lows. Luckily, the highs have been great. Let’s take a look at the ride Jazz fans have been on and rank the 5 best moments.
5. Vivint Smart Home Arena Renovations
From the restaurants, to the seating, everything has been upgraded at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Touring the stadium before the season started, you could see how great the additions would be. Having watched the games with all the upgrades, the Miller family got it right.
The new seating gives the stadium a timeless, classy look while the lighting in the upper corners provides nice lighting. Outside, the Jazz note statue along with the updated entry are fantastic. For me, the food upgrades have been some of the greatest enhancements to the in-game experience. On top of watching elite basketball, you pair it with ribs from R&R Barbecue or nachos from El Chubasco. But even better is all the food options from the upper bowl.
As a regular of the top rows of Vivint arena, I appreciate everything that has been done in the upper deck. For the first time, a lower bowl person might want to go upstairs for all the food options up top.
4. Rudy Gobert makes All-NBA 2nd Team
This isn’t the all-star team, it’s all-NBA. Meaning you’re one of the top ten players in the league. And it’s also not something you can get by default because other players were injured. Rudy Gobert earned his spot.
Don’t underestimate how big of a deal it is for players on the Utah Jazz to earn these type of accolades. It shows that playing for the Jazz you get recognized as much as anyone.
Congrats to the Stifle Tower, the best actual center in the NBA.
3. The Playoffs
“The Shot” made by John Stockton will probably be the greatest shot ever by a Jazzman. But Joe Johnson’s game winner to win game one against the Los Angeles Clippers is, no doubt, a top 5 shot by a Jazzman.
No one will forget Rudy Gobert going down with an injury seconds into the first playoff game for the Utah Jazz in years. But Joe Johnson went legendary and had a game winner that forever stole the hearts of Jazz fans.
2. Donovan Mitchell
WOW!!!!!!!@spidadmitchell #KiaROY #NBAVote #TakeNote pic.twitter.com/N7c7kDyDie— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December 31, 2017
There’s two parts to Donovan Mitchell that have been exciting for Jazz fans: drafting him and watching his meteoric rise.
On draft night, Dennis Lindsey pulled off an absolute heist with the Donovan Mitchell trade and you knew it from the moment it happened. Mitchell showed incredible potential in his pre-draft workouts where he showed his talent and personality.
And then he stepped on the court.
He massacred his competition in summer league and pre-season. Mitchell was so good that eventually the Jazz pulled him in Las Vegas summer league. He’d already shown he was the best rookie in the league.
The season started off a little rocky with no doubt some insane adrenaline for the young star. But his progression has been unprecedented to the point of him getting praise from the likes of Russell Westbrook, Lebron James, Paul George, Damian Lillard, DeMar Derozan, DeMarcus Cousins... Okay, everyone.
As Dwyane Wade said, Mitchell isn’t a rookie anymore, he’s a player in this league and Jazz fans can look forward to years of all-star basketball without worry.
1. Utah Jazz trust
Larry brought the Jazz to Utah and Gail made sure to keep them here.
Because of the trust, Utah will always call the Jazz their own. At a time when franchises can be sold for unprecedented amounts of money, Gail Miller made sure the unthinkable will never happen.
Thank you, Gail!