The Utah Jazz began this season slowly, achieving a record that is below .500 as they sit at 5-8. The team shows a lot of promise and hopes to show great improvement from last year’s team that finished at 25-57, the franchise’s worst record since the 1981-1982 season.
This season has showcased the talents of the team’s best players, namely Gordon Hayward, Trey Burke, and rookie Dante Exum.
Hayward is responsible for arguably the best Jazz play of the season so far. The Jazz were hosting Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 5. The game was tied late when Hayward hit a buzzer beater to lift the Jazz over the Cavaliers, 102-100.
A very similar instance happened November 14 when Utah traveled to New York to play the Knicks. The game was again tied 100-100 with a few seconds left. Burke received the inbound pass and launched a mid-range jumper to beat the buzzer and again lift the Jazz to beat their opponents, 102-100.
Exum was drafted by the Jazz at pick number five in the 2014 draft. He lived in Melbourne, Australia before coming to Utah and has proven to be a good selection. Exum is Utah’s go-to shooting guard and has been a great contributor off the bench. He has played a pivotal role this year including leading all bench scorers in a big win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 18.
The Jazz have a lot of hope in doing better this year, especially after coming off last season. Utah is a more serious competitor now as they make a push to earn a spot in the playoffs.