Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Reasons to Worry About the Jazz

(Boulder-CO) As of this very minute the Utah Jazz are ranked third in Marc Stein’s power rankings viewable at http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/powerranking?season=2007&week=1. I have known since the end of last season that the Jazz were going to be improved, but is there really reason to start fretting that the divisional championship might not be won by the Nuggets again? The answer to that is yes, and I am going to give you my top five reasons why the Jazz pose a major threat.

1. The three-headed monster: The Jazz have a three pronged attack in Mehmet Okur, Andrei Kirilenko, and Carlos Boozer. AK-47 is starting off slow, but only a fool would think that his 9.3 points per game average is not going to rise along with his 7.8 rebounds, 2.25 blocks, and one steal worth of nightly stat line. Carlos Boozer is also giving opposing teams fits. Boozer is leading the team in scoring at a mark of 20.5 points a game and has been a force on the boards snatching 14 rebounds a night. And to no surprise to me, mainly because I picked him as the division’s most underrated player, are the numbers that Okur is posting nightly. Mehmet is right on course to average 20 and 10 this season and his current stat line is reading 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds a game.

2. Deron Williams: The Utah Jazz have to be excited about the production of the second year point guard. Deron is no joke and has a 3.0 assist to turnover ratio. If the young guard can keep this type of play consistent he is going to fuel the Jazz all season long. Williams is no slouch putting the ball in the cup either. He is averaging 13 points a night thus far.

3. Points scored vs. points allowed: The Jazz are averaging 106 points a game, while only giving up 96 to the opposition. It doesn’t take a genius, or a doctor for that matter, to understand what this means. They have an undefeated record, (4-0), and that means they have won each of their four games up to this point by an average of ten points.

4. Depth: The Jazz currently have five players scoring in double figures and that number could jump to seven real quick. Carlos Boozer, Mehmet Okur, Deron Williams, Derek Fisher, and Matt Harpring round out the top five, but AK-47 and Gordon Giricek are both lurking with averages of 9.3 and 8.7 points per game respectively.

5. Jerry Sloan: The old fashioned Sloan is no rookie and brings 22 years of coaching experience to the table. His career win/loss record is an astounding 988-688 and he has 158 games worth of postseason experience to boot! Sloan is a no-nonsense kind of guy and is known for developing team chemistry with the best of em.

The Nuggets better get their act straight in a hurry because it is not looking like Utah is going to drop off anytime soon. I’m not jumping ship, and never will might I add, but I’ve got a feeling that a late season battle for the division championship is in the works and these early games could play a pivotal role.

4 comments:

livid said...

You are right on here, Nugg Doctor. You could see this starting to develop at the end of last season. Right now, Utah looks as good as the Clippers; which means they look pretty good. Two other teams that look good early are Golden State and the Lakers. Fortunately they are'nt in our Division. But they could factor in for seeding at playoff time.

jans said...

Nick........Im sorry. I really am.
I just watched the highlight (lowlights) and If losing to the Knicks was bad enough.......Kenyon.....Im so sorry.
Time to blow this team up? Hold strong?
Start giving Nene some REAL minutes?
You make the call, see you on the courts.

Nugg Doctor said...

Jans,

That's alright my friend and I appreciate the sympathy. The courts are beckoning and trust me when I say that I am ready!

Thanks for reading,

The Nugg Doctor

Nugg Doctor said...

I appreciate the confirmation of thoughts, livid. You have been a very thoughtful commentor and I appreciate your readership.

Thanks for reading,

The Nugg Doctor