The Utah Jazz are having a terrific moment right now, posting the best record in the NBA with 26 wins and only 6 losses, this team is inspired and ready to roll in a very competitive season. They left the hardest stretch of their calendar with a 7-1 record, only losing one game against the Los Angeles Clippers, another candidate to come out of the Western Conference.
Their current moment is very good and the future looks better for them but not everybody around the league actually believes this team can be a true contender for the NBA championship. Tim MacMahon of ESPN recently revealed that insiders around the league don't think that the Jazz can compete against other candidates like the Lakers, Clippers, and Nets given their lack of a proven superstar, something that the prior three have on the roster.
“One of the primary reasons skepticism about the Jazz persists among rival scouts and executives is because they lack proven star power that the Lakers, LA Clippers and Eastern Conference favorite Brooklyn Nets feature,” MacMahon wrote.
“Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and center Rudy Gobert, who are harmonious and happy after ironing out chemistry issues prior to the bubble and signing lucrative, long-term contract extensions before training camp, unquestionably form one of the NBA’s best duos. Mitchell is a dynamic scorer and developing playmaker who has demonstrated he can rise to the occasion on the playoff stage, while Gobert is recognized as the NBA’s most dominant defensive presence and is a critical cog of the Utah offense as a screener, roller, finisher and rebounder.
“But Utah’s star pairing isn’t perceived by league insiders to be on the same level as LeBron James and Anthony Davis, as [Kawhi] Leonard and Paul George or as Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving. In the NBA, star power wins playoff series — with some exceptions.
Well, it's time to prove them wrong and make some noise in the 2021 NBA playoffs. The Jazz have been playing great basketball this season and their fans hope that they continue their pace in the postseason. Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert are having terrific seasons and if they're not proven stars, this season presents a big chance for them to change that narrative and take their squad to the next level.