NBA 2012: 5 Things the Utah Jazz Must Do to Return to the Playoffs

« Prev
1 of 8
Next »
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse the slideshow
NBA 2012: 5 Things the Utah Jazz Must Do to Return to the Playoffs
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

A quick look back on, and a few key points of, the 2011 NBA season for the Utah Jazz:

  • Utah signs-and-trades All-Star forward Carlos Boozer to the Chicago Bulls
  • Jazz acquires forward/center Al Jefferson from the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Utah signs guard Raja Bell
  • Jazz drafts forward/guard Gordon Hayward and forward Jeremy Evans in the 2010 NBA draft
  • Utah goes undefeated in the NBA preseason (5-0)

Not one true Jazz fan thought that a season with this much promise would turn out the wrong way. Well, to be blunt, things just went from bad to worse after the NBA preseason:

  • The Jazz hover just above the .500 mark during the first-half of the regular season
  • The longest-tenured coach in professional sports history, Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan, resigns/retires
  • Utah sends All-Star point guard Deron Williams to the New Jersey Nets in a trade
  • Jazz fall below .500 with a 39-43 record at the end of the season
  • Utah misses the playoffs for only the third time in the last 23 years

After spearheading the season like a battering ram, the Jazz whimpered out and let internal conflict strike rampantly.

At their last home game, fully knowing that their team had failed to make the playoffs, a sea of eager Jazz fans came to support their broken team. They caught a glimpse of hope for the future as Gordon Hayward single-handedly put away the Jazz's division rival Denver Nuggets with a stunning 34-point performance.

The majority of fans left the arena that night a little heartbroken and disappointed that their hopes had been refuted. But, with the playoffs over, the NBA draft behind us and a lockout in full swing, the average Jazz-fan must wonder: What could the Jazz do to get back in the playoff picture? 

I have some ideas, so read onward...

Begin Slideshow »

Follow Utah Jazz from B/R on Facebook

Follow Utah Jazz from B/R on Facebook and get the latest updates straight to your newsfeed!

Team StreamTM

Utah Jazz

Subscribe Now

By signing up for our newsletter, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Thanks for signing up.