|2012-13 Team Ratings|
|11th Overall||22nd Overall|
Stats through Jan. 22
Free-agents-to-be Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap have seen their FG percentages dip, but they're still the top two scorers, making the run to the trade deadline very interesting. If either is moved, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter will be beneficiaries.
They've survived through the Mo Williams hand injury and a revamped backcourt with Randy Foye joining Gordon Hayward has done what was asked, and that's make 3-pointers. Foye and Hayward are both over 40 percent.
Jefferson isn't exactly Tyson Chandler when it comes to protecting the paint, but the Jazz aren't making it easy on the perimeter either, ranking 28th in defensive 3-point field-goal percentage, which wipes out their own improved shooting.
Hayward provides a legitimate sixth man and instant-offense potential every night with his 3-point average way up to better than 40 percent. Kanter and Alec Burks bring energy and Favors has been consistent and could one day be an anchor.
Tyrone Corbin has a difficult balancing act with so many potential free agents on the roster. He's stayed true to Jefferson and Millsap, while navigating through injuries and a road-heavy schedule to have the Jazz positioned well.
The Jazz could be one of the more fascinating teams to watch as the Feb. 21 trade deadline approaches with, obviously, the futures of Jefferson and Millsap at the forefront. Depending which direction Utah management chooses, this team could look much different heading into the final two months of the season.
On the injury front, Utah will welcome Mo Williams back whenever that is, but the real bright spot is that the road-heavy schedule starts to play in their favor with an onslaught of home games. The Jazz played just 17 home games in the first half and 24 road games. Considering how much better they play at home -- 13-4 compared to 9-15 on the road -- the Jazz could get on a bit of a roll and solidify themselves as a playoff team.
-- Jeff Caplan
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||B+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||A-|
|Los Angeles Lakers||C-|
|New Orleans Hornets||C-|
|New York Knicks||A-|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B-|
|San Antonio Spurs||B+|