Friday, September 7, 2007

Can the Utah Jazz maintain momentum in '07-'08?

After last season's surprising run to the Western Conference Finals, the Utah Jazz headed into the 2007 offseason looking for a way to improve their team into becoming a legit NBA championship contender, hoping to add shooting and length to their roster to defend against the likes of Tim Duncan and shoot against defensive masters like Bruce Bowen. However, the Jazz may have slipped a half-notch based on their off-season moves after losing Derek Fisher and gaining just point guards Jason Hart and Ronnie Price.
Jazz General Manager Kevin O'Conner also failed to extend Dee Brown's contract, leaving two new point guards to back-up budding star Deron Williams- point guards that I feel aren't as good as a #2 like Fisher or a #3 like Brown. Fisher was also Utah's staring shooting guard, leaving a hole there- and leaving it up to Croatian Gordan Giricek, young Ronnie Brewer, and '07 first-round draft pick Morris Almond to seize the role. Overall, less experience and talent now fill Utah's backcourt, leaving it up to Mehmet Okur to play consistently, Carlos Boozer and Williams to be even bigger stars than they were this year, and Andrei Kirilenko to regain his typical form. Matt Harpring again takes on a larger bench role with one of last year's bench players destined to take over the starting 2-guard position.

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