to get some conversation going lets get your guys take on where you think the jazz finish in the West.
here is my take.
1 Oklahoma City
2 LA Clippers
3 San Antonio
4 Golden State
8 New Orleans
the lakers are higher if kobe is ready for the start of the season and back to being as good as he was last year. I wouldn't be surprised if the spurs are even a little lower just because I bet really watches how much time timmy plays. Golden state is lower if they suffer any more big men injuries. I see a pretty large drop off after Houston. I think the top 6 are pretty set and could see them in almost any order except I do think the clippers and thunder will be the best regular season teams. I then see a pretty large drop off after the Lakers and think the jazz will be in a battle for the worst record.
I think this for a couple of reasons. #1 a rookie starting pg. if you listen to locke even great point gaurds don't play well their first season. #2 our bench has the potential to be the worst in the league. assuming burke-burks-hayward-favors-kanter all start you would then be looking at some combo of biendrins-jeremy evans-brandon rush-marvin williams-john lucas-richard jefferson. that is a pretty bad group of either has beens-won't bes or injury issues. #3 pretty much all of our guys will be playing a role that is completely new to them. hayward will be the #1 option. favors and kanter will now be starting and playing against other starters. burks will be starting this will just lead to a different atmosphere then what they are used to.