Dynasty in the Making: Utah Jazz

April 10th, 2010 by The Rookie Wall Leave a reply »

On paper, everything has lined up for the Utah Jazz.  Deron Williams has played like an All-Star, Carlos Boozer is consistently contributing, they have role players at the wings who do everything Jerry Sloan could ask for, and they have depth.  They have their third 50 win season in the last 4 years and are considered to be a dark horse to win the Larry O’Brien trophy this season.  Absolutely no one wants to see the Jazz in the playoffs this year.  As this team matures, they could become the next powerhouse in the NBA.

If you’ve followed the Jazz for long enough all of this looks familiar.  After all, the Jazz would have two rings if it wasn’t for some guy named Jordan.  In the years when the Jazz went to the Finals, they had John Stockton playing like an All-Star, Karl Malone putting up MVP numbers, their role players played within the system, and they were deep.  With those teams that ran into Jordan’s Bulls in the finals, Stockton and Malone only had a year or two left.  This Jazz team hasn’t even hit its full stride yet.

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