mdonnelly1989 wrote:mudsak wrote:Stoked wrote:Multiple thoughts.
No mention of the loss of Favors, clearly the biggest Jazz loss. Especially with the now lack of 48 minute elite rim D
Rubio slipped on man D at the point last year. The D change between Conley and Rubio based on that is negligible. The offense, and just as importantly ball security, is a substantial upgrade.
Defensive rebounding was somewhat addressed with Davis. Keep an eye on this.
With the roster changes the Jazz, a top 10 catch and shoot 3 t am last year now has 5 catch and shoot 3 players above 40%
Gobert is limited offensively. But he led the league in dunks, FG% and screen assists (again). His limits are over done. It’s more different than it is limited.
I say the Jazz finish 2nd in the west, Clippers #1, and anything short of WCFs is a failed season.
I think this is a pretty fair take... I think the expectation has to be WCF at a minimum. Tall order though... It's not like there aren't other teams who aren't fully capable of earning that spot just the same. Lakers, Houston, Nuggets, (Blazers made it last season...still a great team), etc... There isn't going to be any easy route. If they're going to make it to WCF they're going to have to have a magical season imo.
There are only 2 teams I can picture making it over the Jazz in the WCF's. The Lakers and the Clippers.
Otherwise, they have a much stronger balance both offensive/defensively than any other team in the WC IMO.
Imo Lakers/Clippers/Jazz are slight tier ahead of the other teams on Paper. And IMO the Lakers are a more favorable matchup for the Jazz than the Clippers are. But that series would go at least 6 IMO with the slight edge to Jazz because Gobert can give AD a very tough time downlow and the Lakers will rely too much from AD.
It's a super intriguing season. It's refreshing for the entire league that the Warriors have slipped back into normality to open things up.
I think the Clippers are going to be unbeatable when it matters (playoffs).
Two teams that I have no idea about... Lakers and Houston. AD/Lebron on the same team is scary, but both of those guys are really going to have to carry the load ALL SEASON if they want a high seed. Lebron is coming off an injury, has more miles on his body than any other player in the league not named Vince Carter, and AD has consistently missed a lot of games due to injury. The rest of their roster is make-shift. They'll need to do the heavy lifting all season long.
Houston... They have a phenomenal roster with a ton of well balanced talent, and probably the best offensive player in the NBA. If Westbrook/Harden can be effective together that team is going to be so dangerous.