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Utah

Jazz

Northwest

2011-12 Team Ratings
OffenseDefense
101.3102.9
12th Overall23rd Overall
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Stats through Feb. 16

W

14

L

14

PCT

.500

GB

7.5

CONF

10-11

DIV

3-3

HOME

11-5

ROAD

3-9

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
With Al Jefferson at center and Paul Millsap at power forward the Jazz boast one of the most productive and underrated low-post tandems in the league. Gordon Hayward is still a work in progress but progressing.

B

BckCourt
Devin Harris has seen his scoring production cut in half from last season and he barely resembles the player he was earlier in his career. Journeyman Raja Bell is solid but not someone other teams worry about.

C

Defense
Once a staple for Jerry Sloan-coached teams, the Jazz simply do not have the personnel to defend at an elite level inside or on the perimeter.

D

Bench
Earl Watson actually leads the team in assists and both Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter provide quality reserve minutes behind Jefferson and Millsap. Josh Howard is a solid veteran contributor

B-

Coaching
The fact that you never hear anyone griping about the job Ty Corbin tells you everything you need to know about Sloan's successor. He's done a fine job taking things over and establishing his own style.

B

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B-

Summary

With all of the frontcourt firepower they possess, the Jazz could prove to be a nightmare matchup in a playoff series. But they need the backcourt production to matchup if they are going to be anything more than a first round out. There are just too many holes on the roster, particularly in the backcourt, for the Jazz to project as anything else. John Stockton's not walking through that door. And neither is Deron Williams. They need Harris, who is struggling more as a starter in this system than he has anywhere else in the same capacity, to step his game up.

Any worries about a philosophical shift from the Sloan era to the Corbin era were calmed when the Jazz started the season on a tear, winning nine of their first 13 games. But they've come back to earth since then, losing 10 of their next 15 games and getting worked over by opposing guards in many of those losses.

-- Sekou Smith

Explanation of Marking System

  • A - Superior
  • B - Above Average
  • C - Average
  • D - Below Average
  • F - Failing
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