The SLC Punks Podcast duo of Mychal Lowman and James Hansen joined the Limited Upside Podcast with Mike Prada this week to talk about the pains of losing Hayward and the upcoming Utah Jazz season. One thing we all settled on was the upcoming season is a “Choose your own adventure” book with all the what ifs and variables. Is Derrick Favors healthy? Turn to page 15. Does he look hobbled like last year? Turn to page 25.
This Utah Jazz could be a 50 win team if everything breaks right or a bottom 10 lottery team if a few things go wrong. We break all that down and more:
- Why did Hayward's departure sting so much for fans? How have views changed over the last three months? And what does it say about Hayward and the Jazz players still on the roster that the sniping still hasn't stopped?
- At least the Jazz still have Gobert. What makes him such a great, underrated player?
- So ... how is this team going to score points?
- Are the Jazz committed to playing Gobert and Derrick Favors together again? What can we actually expect out of Favors this year?
- Utah was the slowest-paced team in the league last year, with an offense that relied on lots of passing and movement. They just traded for a point guard in Ricky Rubio that loves to push the ball, can't shoot, and is a wizard as long as he actually has the ball in his hands. Does that mean the team's style will change?
- We play our favorite game: the NBA version of Do/Marry/Kill called Max/Play/Trade. The candidates: Donovan Mitchell, Rodney Hood, Dante Exum
- The Jazz famously made 20 straight playoff appearances in the Karl Malone/John Stockton era without winning a title. How many of those 20 would Jazz fans trade in to have won just one championship. We got two wildly different answers.
- Which three Jazz players would each panelist put on their all-time banana boat, i.e. the three they most want to vacation with.
- Predictions and much more.