Can you believe it? Utah Jazz Media Day is finally here! Tomorrow players will try on fresh uniforms, record promos and answer questions from the media.
Here’s some things Jazz fans should be looking for.
How do the players look?
Muscle Watch 2018 is now over and players come into camp to show off the work they’ve done in the offseason. We’ll see whether that work has been in the gym or at McDonald’s.
Luckily, it looks like they’ve done well.
On top of how they look physically, what does the chemistry look like? All the divisiveness in Minnesota is a reminder of how important team chemistry is. Are the players happy together? Has anything interrupted the chemistry from last season?
Last year, the strength of the team was the team. Is that still the case?
What will the Jazz do to improve upon last year’s success?
The most notable move from the offseason for the Jazz was drafting Grayson Allen. Other than losing Jonas Jerebko to the Warriors, the Jazz are almost the exact same team.
That creates great continuity for the team, but what can the Jazz do to improve and evolve?
More than likely we’ll see growth through development with young players like Donovan Mitchell, Royce O’neale and Dante Exum which will account for a lot of improvement.
One of the big stories of the summer was all of the work that Donovan Mitchell did with some of the great players in the league.
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But what exactly was he learning? Was it more basketball philosophy, work ethic or actual moves that could improve his game?
What changes are coming?
With the depth of this roster there may be some potential positional changes with certain players. What will those be?
For example, I’d be surprised if we see Thabo Sefolosha play anything other than power forward where last year he played between the 3 and the 4 spot. And I’m curious to see where Dante Exum gets time as he could probably play any of the 1,2 or 3 spots while on the floor. Are there any potential surprises at any positions?
The strength of this roster also comes from so many players being able to guard multiple positions. Sometimes it’s not what you can play on offense, it’s who are you capable of guarding. Is there a benefit to moving players to new positions to get more time?
And will anyone be getting less time to make room for younger players? If the Jazz are looking to develop players, like Grayson Allen or Tony Bradley, they may need to give them time over other established players on the team. Will that happen? And with who?
Finally, what plays and adjustments has Quin Snyder been cooking up? Now that the Jazz are in their second season with this group, can they do anything to the offense to make it better? How can they become a top ten offense this season?
Summer is officially over, it’s time to watch some Jazz basketball.