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According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey 97 percent of Jazz fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s up from 88 percent last week and 75 percent two weeks ago.
This isn’t surprising as it coincides with Bojan Bogdanovic winning Player of the Week last week. The Jazz also had a big win against the Denver Nuggest even without Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley.
Things have cooled slightly recently as the Jazz have now lost two games in a row and the lack of Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley is becoming apparent. As good as Bogdanovic and Rudy Gobert have been it’s clear that the Jazz have a hard ceiling on their potential without their two missing all-stars.
Mike Conley was upgraded to questionable today for the Jazz’s last two games and may see action. This should only bolster Jazz fan’s confidence as the playoffs begin.
As the playoffs approach, the biggest surprise of the season is likely the success of the New York Knicks. For the first time since 2013, the Knicks have reached the postseason and they did so without a true superstar leading the team.
In place of a superstar, the team is led on the court by Julius Randle and head coach Tom Thibodeau. Both of whom fans believe will finish the season with an individual award. 69 percent of fans around the league believe Randle should win the 2020-21 Most Improved Player award. The next closest player, Michael Porter Jr., received 11 percent of the vote.
50 percent of national fans believe Thibodeau has earned the Coach of the Year award this season. Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams took 23 percent. 12 percent of fans voted for Jazz coach Quin Snyder.
Locally, Jazz fans are going to be much more likely to vote for Snyder, so this is disappointing for a Jazz fans. But surprising the NBA with the best record in the league has at least garnered Snyder 3rd in fan voting.
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