Earlier than the Utah Jazz even started their first-round playoff sequence towards the Dallas Mavericks, there have been vital questions on their chemistry, viability as a winner, and ceiling. It was no secret that their two superstars, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, don’t look after each other. The strain between the 2 goes all the way in which to pre-pandemic occasions. Danny Ainge and the Utah entrance workplace have surrounded Gobert with a bunch of getting older perimeter gamers who can’t defend.
The 2019 commerce that introduced Mike Conley to Utah has been an unmitigated catastrophe. The 34-year-old guard is a shell of the participant he was in Memphis and by no means regained the defensive type that made him such a deadly two-way participant with the Grizzlies. Elsewhere, the Jazz roster is stuffed out with damaged gamers who, judging by their on-court rapport and play, appear genuinely sad to be enjoying in Utah i.e. Rudy Homosexual, Royce O’Neal, Hassan Whiteside, Danuel Home. Solely final yr’s Sixth Man of the Yr, Jordan Clarkson, and sharpshooting massive man Bojan Bogdanović performed with any joie de vivre.
To place it plainly, this staff must be damaged up. Not simply due to an inflated payroll or maximized ceiling, however as a result of the chemistry of this long-contained core has reached effectively previous its expiration. They stop on their metropolis and, worse, one another within the current sequence towards the Mavs. This was particularly evident in video games one via three when the Jazz starters have been outmatched in effort and pleasure by a Luka-less Mavericks squad. So, now that the reality has been laid naked, the place ought to the Jazz go subsequent? A complete rebuild appears to be the most suitable choice via continued funding in draft capital. The draft is how Utah discovered their two superstars within the first place. It’s time to return to that effectively. As we are able to all agree, nobody is selecting Utah in free company.