|2013-14 Team Rating|
|23rd Overall||30th Overall|
Stats Through Jan. 20
Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter got off to slow starts, but the lack of a point guard early didn't help. Richard Jefferson is just brutal offensively. Rudy Gobert could be a gem.
Utah is a different team with Trey Burke -- 15 games under .500 overall, five under with Burke. Gordon Hayward's scoring efficiency is way down and he's not helping his stock.
Turrible, as one TNT analyst might say. They give up the third-most points in the paint in the league and also allow the third-highest shooting percentage.
When Richard Jefferson is a full-time starter it means you have zero depth. Alec Burks has fared well as a reserve. Kanter's per-36 splits are better when he's playing less off the bench.
Ty Corbin faces a near-impossible situation. He has no contract assurances and is equipped with a bare-bones roster that was without its top pick, Burke, to start the season.
We knew this was going to be a rough season for the Jazz after committing to a youth movement last offseason. Considering how poorly things started for this club, the fact they are playing competitively on many nights says a lot about the team's attitude about wanting to improve. They're not just throwing in the towel, which would be easy to do, and playing for the most ping-pong balls -- even if that might be the overriding strategy upstairs.
Corbin's job status beyond this season likely rests with how the young players the Jazz hope to have as foundation pieces continue to develop. It can't rest solely on wins and losses. But that will be a call left up to Jazz management.
-- Jeff Caplan
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||A-|
|Los Angeles Clippers||A-|
|Los Angeles Lakers||D|
|New Orleans Pelicans||C-|
|New York Knicks||D|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||A|
|San Antonio Spurs||A|