|Yes! It's finally here! The AllThatJazz season preview!|
|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.
|2||Brevin Knight||5'10||166||PG||-||link||Top Transaction of the Off-Season|
|8||Deron Williams||6'3||207||PG||SG||link||Star Player Spotlight|
|17||Ronnie Price||6'2||184||PG||SG||link||Top Breakout Player?|
|24||Paul Millsap||6'8||250||PF||SF||link||Top Breakout Player?|
|26||Kyle Korver||6'7||212||SG||SF||link||Top Breakout Player?|
|31||Jarron Collins||6'11||249||C||PF||link||Top Position Battle - Back up Center|
|41||Kosta Koufos||7'0||265||C||PF||link||Top Position Battle - Back up Center|
|44||Kyrylo Fesenko||7'1||300||C||-||link||Top Position Battle - Back up Center|
- Coaching focus:
- Position Spotlight -- Shooting guard
- Full pre-season stats
- National TV schedule of Utah Jazz games and what to watch for!!!
- Key to the season: The first 20 games
- Playing time / Rotation Breakdown
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.