It was only a year ago that Utah was heralded, along with Denver, as the team that got the best of their superstar-small market split. Now, as we near the Allstar Break, the Jazz have all but squandered their return during the first half of the season. We need look no further than Derrick Favors playing just 12 minutes in last night’s loss against San Antonio. This was the guy who was supposed to be the sure-fire return on Deron Williams. The guy that could be great, and would most definitely be very good. He’s done nothing since his arrival to change my mind about that. On the season he’s shooting nearly 49%, and for as little PT as he’s getting, he’s still managing 5 boards a game. Long story short, if this guy were to get 30+ minutes he’d be a 20-10 guy, even in as raw of a state as he’s in now.
It’s not rocket science. The Jazz are not contenders this year, and they’re likely going to miss the playoffs. The question is very simple, if you’re going to play .500 ball, then why are you choosing to play .500 ball without developing your Williams return in the process? It’s tale as old as time for the Spazz: the franchise is committed to making the playoffs at the expense of winning a championship. The coaching staff and front office is content to see Favors, Kanter, and Burks rot on the bench, as long as they can snag that eighth seed. They are quick to remind Jazz fans: “We are committed to winning,” knowing most of them will drink the Koolaid, show up to the games, pay $20 for parking. And yet for those of us with a trained eye and half a brain, we know that the only way for the Jazz to get a lot better is to get a lot worse–right now. Paul Millsap is going to bring us a championship? BS. Devon Harris will be hoisting the trophy? Garbage. Play for your future now, and don’t look back. If it doesn’t turn out, at least you can say you tried.
You wanna commit yourself to slightly above average basketball? Go doop a different fan base, because Jazz fans have seen it all before, and quite frankly, we all deserve a lot better than this.