After a tumultuous 2010-2011 NBA season, plagued by the Deron Williams trade and Jerry Sloan's retirement, Utah Jazz fans were pleasantly surprised with a postseason berth for a young and upcoming squad in 2011-12. But what can the Jazz do to ensure they will be in the postseason again next season?
Although the Jazz were swept by a veteran San Antonio Spurs squad in the first round, Utah fans still have plenty of reasons to hope.
The Jazz are a team of young studs in Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks, plus savvy veterans Mo Williams, Marvin Williams, Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson and Earl Watson. It definitely seems they may actually be better than last year, with a year of growth for the youngsters and a couple of solid free-agent additions.
But there are a few things the Jazz could improve on if they hope to make a playoff run next year.
With a tougher Western Conference where the Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors are all presumed to be playoff teams, the Jazz have their work cut out for them. If they make sure to do a few of the upcoming things, they will make that road a heckuva lot easier.