Are the Utah Jazz Ready for Primetime

By Derek Ferreira
Nov. 21, 2016

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

How do we remember the Utah Jazz? We remember the Utah Jazz as a team that was lottery bound.

Well, not anymore. Unless you're a diehard fan of the Utah Jazz or the NBA, you probably know the story of the Utah Jazz. If you still live underneath a rock that the Jazz is competitive, then you need to get your head fixed.

Now, they're not this sexy team, but they're below .500 with a 7-8 record. With the signings of George Hill and Joe Johnson this offseason, it has been tough for the Jazz to incorporate Hill and Johnson with the youth movement they have in place.

The issues that the Jazz have are being inconsistent and injuries. Sure, they've defeated teams like the San Antonio Spurs. Then they've had games where they struggle. For example, losing to the Chicago Bulls.

Since the preseason, the Jazz has been hit with the injury bug Players like Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks, Boris Diaw, George Hill, Rodney Hood, and Derrick Favors have been hit with injuries.

It's not easy to win games in the NBA if you have injuries. What has kept Utah in contention this season is their youth movement. For example, Rudy Gobert, who averages with 10.2 PPG and 10..7 RPG with double-double figures. Gobert is rejecting 2.4 shots per game and is the reason why the Jazz are in first place in points per game.

Yes, the Jazz could easily be 9-8, but if they want to stay competitive in games this season as they wait for the injury bug to decline, they have to play a defensive minded game.

Utah currently holds the tenth spot in the Western Conference, but the season is still young to hit the panic button. May NBA patrons believe that Utah will be a playoff team, but they need to win more games against the main event teams in the NBA to prove that they are ready for primetime.