Tagged Utah Jazz

2019-20 NBA Season Preview: Northwest Division

The 2019-20 NBA season is just around the corner. After an offseason chock-full of player movement, the title race appears as wide-open as it has been in years. Over the past few weeks, we have examined one big question hanging over each team heading into the season. We’ll finish with the Northwest Division, where all…

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PODCAST: 2019-20 NBA Northwest Division Season Preview

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Andy Bailey (@andrewdbailey) of the Hardwood Knocks podcast preview the Northwest Division ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season. How much of a difference will Jerami Grant make with the Denver Nuggets? Is there any hope for Andrew Wiggins? How…

These NBA Contenders Have Sneaky Good Cap Situations in 2019-20

Coming out of the first heavy-spending summer since 2016, several teams are locked into their current core and will have trouble generating significant spending power over the next two offseasons. Of course, other teams are still riding out their own bad 2016 contracts and will look to get back in the game in 2020 and…

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Why NBA Playcalling Matters: A Defensive Masterclass in Foiling ATO’s

Earlier this week, we published a piece on the surprising analytic findings surrounding after timeout (ATO) situations. The data points show a slight shift favoring the defenses in these situations, despite the offense having the opportunity to reset in a specific and patterned manner under the coach’s direction. Thus, it’s more difficult to score after…

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PODCAST: Ranking the NBA’s Top-10 Duos

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) rank the top 10 duos in the NBA today. Where do Russell Westbrook and James Harden rank after joining forces this summer? How high are Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the wake of the former’s Achilles injury? Which L.A. duo…

Predicting NBA’s Defensive Hierarchy in 2019-20

Offense will always be king of the NBA. It creates superstars, packs arenas and boosts television ratings. There’s something captivating about how the sport’s top-scoring wizards make plays and create shots. Thus, it’s exceptionally difficult to play defense at a high-level thanks to the abundance of offensive talent and game rules that cater to scorers.…

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5 Teams That Won 2019 NBA Offseason

After a whirlwind start to the 2019 NBA offseason, the dust finally appears to be settling. Anthony Davis is now a Los Angeles Laker. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are Brooklyn Nets, while Kemba Walker is a Boston Celtic. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are both Los Angeles Clippers, and Russell Westbrook is reunited with…

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PODCAST: Team Winners, Losers in 2019 NBA Free Agency

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) go through the biggest winners and losers from a wild first week of NBA free agency. Which franchises came out ahead? Which should have some regrets? And who does the jury remain out on? Check out the episode to hear Morten…

Are Utah Jazz Biggest Threats to Clippers, Lakers, etc.?

Former Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kendrick Perkins spent his Fourth of July dropping hot takes on FS1’s Undisputed. With Kawhi Leonard’s next destination still up in the air at the time, Perkins said if the season started today, the Utah Jazz would be “the best team in the West.” “If the season started today, the…

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PODCAST: Mike Conley Trade, Trouble in Boston & Houston

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the Mike Conley trade, the Houston Rockets’ latest drama and Al Horford’s free-agent options. Does adding Conley cement the Utah Jazz as legitimate Western Conference contenders? Did the Memphis Grizzlies get enough for him? Can the Rockets smooth things over…