Before we saw the start of the 2013-14 NBA season, the Utah Jazz were one of the most difficult teams in the entire league to forecast. Obviously losing two big-time players like Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap this summer wasn’t going to benefit them, but they have a lot of solid young players and seemed to be a team that could surprise some people. However, they also had the look of a team that could be looking to tank this season.
I’m not sure if they’re trying to play as poorly as they have over six games, but they are well on their way to tanking. After losing to the Chicago Bulls in 97-73 blowout on Friday night, the Jazz now sit at a winless 0-6. Through 11 days in the NBA season, Utah is the only team that has yet to grab a win this year.
Friday was certainly the lowest of lows. With their young roster up against a defensive stalwart in the Bulls, the Jazz managed to shoot only 29.4 percent from the floor and had only three players score in double figures, though none of them had more than 15 points. Moreover, they also committed 17 turnovers on the evening.
Even before this game, though, the Jazz have looked terrible. Sure, they don’t have their first-round pick in Trey Burke due to injury, but that doesn’t change the fact that they were shooting just 41.5 percent from the floor and only 22.5 percent from three as a team coming into this game. They’ve seen some solid play from players like Enes Kanter and Gordon Hayward, but other guys like Derrick Favors have been disappointing thus far, as have many of their role players.
They may not have been on the radar for being the worst team in the season to start the year and they might improve when they get Burke on the floor, but it’s hard for me to imagine them not being in the middle of this tanking race when we are down to the final weeks of the season. This team is young, inexperienced and not good. One rookie and a bit more run this season isn’t going to completely change that.