The Utah Jazz season has started worse than most would have predicted. Is it possible to turn things around?
Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune was able to speak with Dennis Lindsey who thinks so.
I spoke to Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey about his team’s disappointing start: https://t.co/q3MnExWbDT— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) November 28, 2018
There are a lot of signs of things the Jazz can turn around. Turnovers, shooting, defense, spacing, everything.
Most of the things the Jazz are doing poorly can be turned around. Things like not turning the ball over and making a better effort on the defensive end are fixable things.
As far as shooting, it remains to be seen if the Jazz can be consistent on that end. As stated in the article, the Jazz are creating good shots, they just aren’t making them at a good rate.
Is Dennis Lindsey right? Can they turn it around?
One thing that will help the Jazz is the return of a certain player’s choice ROY, Donovan Mitchell.
Donovan Mitchell will be AVAILABLE for tomorrow’s game in Brooklyn.— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) November 27, 2018
Mitchell’s scoring ability will be a welcome sight for a team that has really struggled on the offensive end. His efficiency needs to be improved, but that may be fixed by allowing Mitchell to start with Jae Crowder at the 4-spot.
Against the Sacramento Kings the Utah Jazz started Jae Crowder over Derrick Favors and saw a lot of success. One of the things that went well was the Jazz did not spot the opposing team 10 points to start the game. (On a side note: I’m a fan of hard modes in video games, I just like to beat the game before I do that. Not starting Jae Crowder is playing in hard mode.)
Donovan Mitchell deserves a chance to play with that spacing to start the game. Last season he was one of the elite finishers at the rim. With Crowder at the 4 there’s little doubt he can replicate that, especially if Snyder uses the same formula of having one center on the floor at a time. Both Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors thrived with the spacing and put up big numbers. The Jazz also won the game which tends to be a positive outcome.
There were situations against Sacramento that Snyder used Favors and Gobert together to combat specific situations on the floor and it was successful. This seems like the best course of action. Use the lineup that accentuates the strengths of your best players and then roll out the Gobert/Favors combo if it looks like it will punish a weakness at specific points in the game.
Whatever happens, having Mitchell on the floor will give the Jazz a much better chance to win.
Multiple players in the NBA have donned the head band, including the great Joe Ingles.
James Harden was the latest NBA player to put on the headband but he hasn't been the only one pic.twitter.com/NdnFjNeRd4— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) November 27, 2018
What do you think, Jazz fans? Is Joe Ingles the best at wearing headbands or is he just the greatest headband wearer in the league?
On today’s episode of Ricky Rubio: Greatest Human Being...
Like @rickyrubio9, fourth-grader Morgan has a parent with lung cancer. She wrote Ricky a letter to tell him about her dad. Ricky invited the Nielson family to @utahjazz game. #5ForTheFight #GivingTuesday #DoingGood pic.twitter.com/MweT8fQ90Z— Utah Jazz Doing Good (@JazzDoingGood) November 27, 2018
Ricky Rubio is a great basketball player but, as always, he’s an even greater human being.
His hobby is helping make the world a better place, I’m not kidding. Some of us will wallow into a dirty bean bag chair and play Red Dead until our eyes bleed and we consider calling in to work the next day. During that time Ricky Rubio will have saved two dogs, visited the sick and also made like 40 people smile at the same time.
This community is definitely better for having Ricky Rubio be a part of it.
If you haven’t noticed, Willie Reed of the Salt Lake City Stars has been balling in the G-League. He’s also a great guy. Having interviewed him you can feel how genuine of a person he is, and humble.
#CyberMonday Special!— Salt Lake City Stars (@slcstars) November 26, 2018
For $100 you get 4 courtside tickets and a VIP dinner to our next game at Vivint Arena on Thursday, December 13. Offer valid while supplies last.
Call now: 801-325-STAR ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/d9Q38PMRZD
Right now he’s averaging 23.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks on 72% shooting.
Reed’s game reminds me a lot of Deandre Jordan.He’s not super quick but he knows how to use his size and he finished lobs with ease. If there’s an injury to the Jazz at any point this season, I would definitely like to see the Jazz #callwillieup.