Sure. I know. Small sample size theater as we look at Utah Jazz stats after five total games. I get that. I'm not upset, though. We all should be encouraged at how well and have looked so far early on in the season. They aren't getting easy buckets, but they are still killing teams to a combined 23.0 ppg, 20.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.6 spg, and 5.2 bpg as a starting front court. If you look at the fact that Derrick Favors played the last two games with the flu (and only half of the last game, at that) it's all that more impressive. Sure, in previous eras of Jazz basketball we had Mark Eaton blocking 4.5 shots a game, or Karl Malone even averaging 31 points per game. I'm not marginalizing the efforts of previous Jazz bigs. I'm just point out that for our 24 and 23 year old men on the team right now there's a lot to be proud of. And they are only going to get better.
If you are Quin Snyder, though; you hope that they also get some more help. , , , and are all playing well. But I think they each can turn it up a little more still. Beyond those six, well, it's very slim pickings, indeed. and are still getting in the groove. And rookies , , and are still trying to find their footing. So I'm not upset at any perceived lack of production. I just know that this team is going to get better as the season goes on -- so that in retrospect some of their numbers after five games may not look so hot.
Anyway, here's what we're working with.