I suppose one of the toughest things to do with an above average team is to step into the trading ring and make some giant trades to shake-up the roster. Aside from relatively sure bets, I can imagine it would be tough for a front office to look back on the previous year and simply expect a higher caliber of play from the team that they have.
Looks like this is the offseason strategy the Utah Jazz have employed. Despite loads of debate on whether or not Carlos Boozer would opt out of his contract (or after he said he was staying, whether the Jazz would try to trade him away), when the smoke settled. the Jazz didn't really have a lot of stand out moves that are going to separate them from the 8th seed - first round exit team that we saw last year.
And as a Warriors fan that saw the Jazz knock us out in the second round of our playoff run; I have no problem with their direction.
I'll take any excuse I can get to post this picture...
Okay, personal jabs aside, the Jazz do have the tools to enter the postseason. Let's not forget that their rock is sent around by one of the best points in the league, Deron Williams. And aside from the offseason drama, the Jazz are moving into 2009-2010 with Carlos Boozer, Mehmet Okur, AK-47 still on the roster. These guys still have the board pounding big brusiers that seem to serve as the perfect achilles heel for the run and gunners.
As much trash as I gave the Jazz for their first round exit, the truth is that, last year aside, this core group has posed to be a very potent force in this league. Last year Deron Williams, Mehmet Okur, and Carlos Boozer all missed a significant amount of games, resulting in the Jazz being in a less that opportune position in the first round of the Playoffs. (read: Playing the Lakers)
Ultimately, the question must be posed. Is this Jazz team good enough to win an NBA title? Probably not. But they're good enough to get up there to fight.
Wonder what that feels like...
- Finished the season 48-34
- Entered the NBA Playoffs as the 8th seed in the west.
- Dispatched in the first round by the LA Lakers, 4 games to 1.
2009 Offseason Moves
- Resigned Power Forward Paul Milsap
- Received player option from Mehmet Okur
- Received player option from Carlos Boozer
- Received player option from Kyle Korver
2009-2010 Around the Association
- Atlanta Hawks: Sorry, Mrs. Jackson. The Hawks are for real.
- Boston Celtics: Sheed in Green + Another Answer
- Charlotte Bobcats: They Do Exist
- Chicago Bulls: Ring Around the Rose-y
- Cleveland Cavaliers: Now or Never
- Dallas Mavericks: The Curse of the Dampier
- Denver Nuggets: If it ain't broke...
- Detroit Pistons: The Return of the Bay Boys
- Houston Rockets: Yao-ch!, that's gotta hurt
- Indiana Pacers: A One Man Show
- Los Angeles Clippers: Warriors South No More
- Los Angeles Lakers: Big Brother, Little Brother
- Memphis Grizzlies: Going Back to Vancouver
- Miami Heat: Need to get the point
- Milwaukee Bucks: Saving a few buck$
- Minnesota Timberwolves: Donde esta Senor Rubio?
- New Jersey Nets: The Year of the Yi
- New Orleans Hornets: Two first names, one great point guard
- New York Knicks: Is it summatime yet?
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Orlando Magic: Are they Vinsane? You be the judge
- Philadelphia 76ers: Are they (Elton) Brand New?
- Phoenix Suns: Who knows?
- Portland TrailBlazers: The Fire Keeps Burning
- Sacramento Kings: It's all up from here
- San Antonio Spurs: An Apple a Day...
- Toronto Raptors: So International
- Utah Jazz
- Washington Wizards