My name is Wilson Tarpeh Jr. and I will be covering the Utah Jazz for this year’s NBA Season. It is currently Pre-Season, mostly every one’s attention is on the Defending Champion Los Angeles Lakers and the new look Miami Heat. I would like to start talking about the current state of the Utah Jazz and their prospects of competing in the Western Conference.
This past off-season was an extremely busy one, the Boozer signing was huge for the Bulls and yet no one seemed to wonder how his departure will impact Utah. Well I’m going to tell you, it’s really addition by subtraction. I honestly believe that the Jazz are a better team with Paul Millsap at the power forward position because of his ability on BOTH ends of the floor. One of the biggest knocks on Boozer was his disappearing act on defense, that really killed the Jazz in big games. Yes his offense was important, but what’s the point if he gives up just as many points as he scores?? The addition of Al Jefferson will be magnified because of the loss of Carlos Boozer, in Jefferson the Jazz finally get a big who likes to BANG. In the past the Jazz have had many perimeter oriented bigs on their team, giving Deron Williams a big who actually wants to be in the paint will be dangerous. Mind you, Al Jefferson has never played with a point guard of this caliber(Williams is arguably the best PG in the league). The Jazz also lost Kyle Korver, Korver will be replaced by 1st Round Pick Gordon Hayward. Hayward if you remember, is the young man who led Butler within a missed bank shot of beating Duke for the National Championship. What Hayward gives you that Korver couldn’t is the ability to put the ball on the floor as well as shoot. The Jazz also have Raja Bell and CJ Miles on the wing. We all know what Raja Bell gives you, but I am focused on the recent development of CJ Miles. Miles really came on last year and began contributing in the rotation. One of the players forgotten in all of this is Mr. Versatility: Andrei Kirelinko. I believe that Boozer’s departure will only unleash the restraints that were put on Kirelinko due to Boozer’s touches. Kirelinko will now be able to play both the 3 and 4, he is a mismatch for other teams at the 4 because of his length and quickness.
The first Pre-Season game of the season for the Jazz was against the Portland Trailblazers, the Jazz held on to win 100-96. Deron Williams was the big performer for the Jazz putting together a line of 15 pts,6 reb,5 ast, 3 stl, and 1 block in just 24 min of playing time. I’m not yet ready to put a number on how many wins I think the Jazz are capable of this season, but I do know they have a few things working in their favor. They have a great coach, the best point guard in the league(in my opinion), and a true center in Jefferson. I was taught that the two most important positions on a basketball team were the 1 and the 5, the Jazz are gifted in both of these positions. Hopefully by my next post I will be able to throw out a number for the number of wins I think the Jazz will garner this season.
About the Author
Written by Wilson Tarpeh Jr.
I am a passionate sports fan, who desires a job in the sports industry. I'm a graduate of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting and I have my own website as well. I believe that I have a unique view of sports and I wish to share it with as many people as I can. I hope you enjoy my work.