As a diehard Utah Jazz fan, I was quite nervous heading into the 2010 NBA offseason. I may not have been as nervous as the entire city of Cleveland, but the possible departure of Carlos Boozer from my beloved Utah Jazz really was something that caused me to cringe. Boozer had an incredible year this past season and really showed us all the type of player he truly is when not hampered by injuries. Led by stud Deron Williams and Boozer, the Jazz achieved an unexpected upset of a highly talented but unfortunately dysfunctional Denver Nuggets team. Eventually losing to Kobe and Pau in the second round, the Jazz once again showed us all what a consistently good franchise they always have been. But, like I said, I had my doubts heading into this NBA Offseason. The thought that Carlos Boozer would actually resign with the Utah Jazz was about as absurd as the thought that LeBron James doesn’t only care about himself (sorry I couldn’t pass up my chance to throw in my two cents). Upon hearing that Carlos Boozer AND Kyle Korver would be joining the ranks of past-rival Chicago Bulls, I started to lose much faith in my team. It didn’t seem like the front office was going to do anything to replace the coveted outside shooting of Korver and the All-Star talent of Booze Cruise. After seeing the reaction of Deron Williams with the trade of Ronnie Brewer for cash, I wasn’t excited about how he would feel about the departure of Boozer for nothing.
I was wrong. Quite wrong actually. Once again, the Jazz front office has proven to the world what a high quality franchise it is. They have shown D-Will that they are committed to winning. The Jazz have quietly had one of the more productive offseasons in the NBA and I have a feeling they will still go overlooked in the 2011 NBA season. Who am I kidding, we are always overlooked. But, in my opinion, the Jazz are now a better team than they were last season. Now after that long introduction, here are my 5 reasons that the Utah Jazz will be better next season.