This is a version of Utah Jazz that you can fully believe

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) lr Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45), Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00), Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) and Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale (23) try to gain some momentum in the second half. The Utah Jazz of the Houston Rockets lost 110-120 at Vivint Arena, February 22, 2020.

Here it is, the kiss of death.

The Utah Jazz are going to be better than good this season, better than very good, better than all the wave levels of good they’ve had since the best Stockton-and-Malone years. Great? They will come to you, unless they wear it as a gown that is appropriate for shape.

They certainly think that’s what’s coming, and they have company in this corner, a corner that they are proud to not be close to homer. Just write it as it is, or, at least, as it emerges from here, while the Jazz stays healthy and plays up to form.

Prior to last season, there were a lot of people on board, pundits from coast to coast, as Jazz was an offseason and preseason darling. As a result of the smart changes of a tardy player and a couple of going down a defensive hole, the Jazz fell short, and as a result was knocked down this time.

It would also help them, if Rudy Gobert could move forward and find a reasonable, peaceful place in negotiations on a contract extension, somewhere between making a zillion dollars and a gazillion of them, allowing each a member of the Jazz team – introduce himself – finds a measure of comfort in sweeping away a main draw and dialing in on the main goal at hand.

Winning in the West. Not winning the West.

Let’s not get crazy here.

The Lakers are still Lakers, but… who ‘s next?

The cliffs? They are talented, but chased, what with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George considering their contracts in particular, promising to be given a pregame private space at the Staples Center, at best, like last year , the abandoned locker room of the cheerleaders. , where they will be eligible to lie down privately and have grains in their mouths and the best meats and cheeses that attendees will serve before the home games, while the rest of the team fog, undamaged, working in dreams dreams a. traditional green room.

The Nuggets? Maybe, if the Joker and Jamal Murray go to bankers and get 40 points per piece per night, and the rest of the team decides to go ahead and promise that so-called – what will it be called again? oh, yes – protection. Ask big.

The Mavs? The Blazers? The rockets? The Suns?

No. It’s time for the Jazz to climb up and take second or third place, at worst.

And while not everyone sees that same thing, the same thing was expected to succeed, some believing the Jazz will be lucky enough to just make the playoffs in the better half of the NBA, this is what is in clear view from this chair.

The Jazz have a chance to advance to the WC finals.

All they need to achieve that is for their two stars – Donovan Mitchell and Gobert to turn themselves from All-Stars into a little more super.

It is possible, each ascended as an ultra-confident veteran.

For the team as a whole, recognition is happy for them.

Bojan Bogdanovic, who missed them badly in the bubble playoffs, is back, full of healing and praise, ready to go. He’s in his seventh season, and he’s gotten better in each of the previous years, and he’ll get better this time too. He knows exactly what Quin Snyder wants him to do and when he wants him to do it, and the whole team knows that too.

Joe Ingles, who made 45 percent of his paintings, 40 percent from depth, in a year that was very quiet for him, apparently finally realized that he should fire the damn ball when it is open, especially from 3.

Mitchell, still just 24, appeared, but after discovering his ability and catching on, he emerged as a rock star last season, scoring an average of 24 points and turning the thrush more in the playoffs, when he went for 36.3 per game. It will set somewhere between those averages this season, even though the Jazz have options to score around. He is on the verge of joining the NBA elite.
On the away meter, Jordan Clarkson blows through the roof, reminiscing about Vinnie Johnson, the fast cooking machine that came off the bench to help the Pistons back in Bad Boy days.

Mike Conley has taken big steps in becoming a Jazzman rather than a Grizzly, now knows where to be, what to do, how to do it, in a Snyder attack – related to handling, passing and firing the ball.

The two favorite places in the modern NBA for shooting from anywhere are behind the arc and at the edge. Snyder wants these boys to pick up more bombs than ever before, and they will surrender. And when they don’t, they lobby and kick the ball into Gobert and Derrick Favors at their other favorite spot, and between the two of them the rock night flows in, night out, even with the sudden renewed efforts. of NBA defenses to stop scoring from within five feet.

Defense, as mentioned, was a problem last season, especially on the sidelines. This is a weakness that Snyder has drilled down and put pressure on position. And while the Jazz haven’t gone out of their way to add a high-profile stop machine, they’ve developed young wings in a way that makes no mistake about where the priority is – the 3’s plaid. overall team strength, but will be developed over 2019-20.

Favors ’input is very supportive of Gobert, seeing that the big man is no longer the only dude on the team defending him and around the low block and who will be next. -circulation. A season ago, Royce O’Neale was the Jazz ’s second rebounder, considering he is 6-4 and scored 5.5 boards each, this is an area that can use consolidation. Favors give it.

While riding the Celtics team bus, back in the day, Larry Bird denied that his team was strong with the five starters, but sadly the reserves were. He looked out the window and saw a park bench with the advertising words printed on it: “Bench available.” He shouted, “Hey, we’ll buy it. We need one. ”

The Jazz could be relevant last season. That’s not so much.

This is where the combination of Ingles with Favors – pick-and-roll, anyone? – and further development and development of Clarkson, who reapplied for enough money during the offseason, and Conley, coming in. But the need is more than just that. The Jazz are hoping that one of their other players – young or old – will go into a useful career to just give them enough energy and productivity to retain and, sometimes, build their conductors.

Wisely they do not come out and boldly mark land or make assertions over it, but, quietly, members of the Jazz whistle whistling words, saying that they think they have something more going on this season, something far in advance offered before.

No one is betting on their life, but it could be something to look forward to, maybe even something firm to believe in, eventually.

GORDON MONSON hosts “The Big Show” by Jake Scott during the week from 2-7pm on 97.5 FM and 1280 AM The Zone, owned by the parent company that owns the Utah Jazz.