Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Utah Jazz 2008-2009 Season Preview!

Yes! It's finally here! The AllThatJazz season preview!
More balls than you normal Getty Images photo
Photographed by Melissa Majchrzak for NBAE/Getty Images 

This is so overdue, but this is so exhausting. Other blogs have already put their previews out. My excuse for this being so late is that this season preview is so chock-full of Awesome! that it needed this long to get it done. To simplify things, I've been leaking it out over the last month. But let's get down to the nitty gritty:

2008-2009 Season Forecast:

Anything less than 65 wins this season (including playoffs) is abject failure. That's it. It's year 4 in our rebuilding, by this time we should be serious contenders or break up. As fate would have it, this may be our last year with this group anyway . . . so there's no time like now to get it done. The Jazz will win their division and secure homecourt in the 1st round of the playoffs for the first time since Stockton and Malone were playing. The Jazz have their sights on the promised land -- and you should too if you have an honest appraisal of their roster.

Team Roster:

              Season Expectations: Bonus:
Brevin Knight is soooooo much better than Jason Hart it's not even funny 2 Brevin Knight 5'10 166 PG - link Top Transaction of the Off-Season
Boozer is hungry for more! 5 Carlos Boozer 6'9 266 PF C link  
Deron Williams will direct the Jazz deep in the playoffs 8 Deron Williams 6'3 207 PG SG link Star Player Spotlight
Ronnie Brewer is ready for the bigtime 9 Ronnie Brewer 6'7 227 SG SF link  
Mehmet Okur will kill you with his offensive moves 13 Mehmet Okur 6'11 263 C PF link  
Harpring will be ready for the playoffs 15 Matt Harpring 6'7 230 SF SG link  
Ronnie Price is full of fire 17 Ronnie Price 6'2 184 PG SG link Top Breakout Player?
Morris Almond is a pure scorer who needs to learn how to get other guys the ball more 22 Morris Almond 6'6 225 SG SF link  
Paul Millsap is playing for his next contract 24 Paul Millsap 6'8 250 PF SF link Top Breakout Player?
Kyle Korver is scorching the nets so far 26 Kyle Korver 6'7 212 SG SF link Top Breakout Player?
Collins is a veteran off the bench 31 Jarron Collins 6'11 249 C PF link Top Position Battle - Back up Center
CJ starting . . . but for how long? 34 C.J. Miles 6'6 227 SG SF link  
Koufos can score, and will do that frequently in the NBA DL 41 Kosta Koufos 7'0 265 C PF link Top Position Battle - Back up Center
Fes needs to keep playing big inside 44 Kyrylo Fesenko 7'1 300 C - link Top Position Battle - Back up Center
AK looks to have a solid season as a 6th man of the year candidate 47 Andrei Kirilenko 6'9 225 SF PF link X-Factor

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Sure, my concept of how well the team will do is far different from ESPN's first take, but hey, I pride myself on knowing my own team better than they do. We'll win our division, be a top 4 team in the West and finish the season with a combined 65 wins.