Jazz Notes: Is Utah Going About Rebuilding The Right Way?

Jan 30, 2024, 3:44 PM

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Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler (24) joins his teammates on the bench during the NBA basketball game between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024. (Photo courtesy of Megan Nielsen, Deseret News)

(Photo courtesy of Megan Nielsen, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – After trading away Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, the Utah Jazz appeared to be entering a rebuild.

Over the past year and a half, Utah hasn’t been in contention for a top-five pick though. What does this mean for the rebuild?

On the Jazz Notes podcast, Ben Anderson and Chandler Holt talked about the successes and failures of the Jazz’s rebuild so far.

This topic was sparked by a question in the Jazz Notes mailbag from Adam Ray King.

King asked when the Jazz front office will realize that they need to compete for a title every year to finally be named champions.

Since moving on from their All-Star duo, the Jazz have gone 61-69.

They finished as the 12th seed last season and may potentially look to fight for a play-in tournament spot this year.

Some fans have been caught off guard by Utah’s performance and think that they are either not rebuilding right or haven’t started to rebuild.

This just isn’t the case.

The Jazz are still in a position where they can improve every year and remain competitive which benefits the younger players on the roster.

Even though Utah hasn’t been as abysmal as Detroit or other rebuilding teams, this doesn’t mean they aren’t in the same boat.

The Jazz have the sixth-youngest roster in the NBA. In addition to this, trade rumors have been circulating some of the older players on Utah’s roster like Kelly Olynyk and Jordan Clarkson.

Utah understands as well as anyone that they will not accidentally win a championship and the road to the top is a long one.

This means that the Jazz are likely not interested in moves that will only slightly improve the roster. Unless a superstar becomes available and wants to come to Salt Lake City, Utah’s front office has its eyes set on the future.

“I don’t think maxing out your assets with mid-level players just to make the postseason year in and year out is all that beneficial,” Anderson said.

Luckily for the Jazz, they have a lot of young and promising pieces who could contribute to a championship team either now or in the near future.

Back to King’s question, there is no doubt that playoff experience is crucial when April and May roll around.

If Utah hopes to win a championship in five years, the two years leading up to the run need to have playoff appearances.

However, the Jazz seem to be taking things one season at a time.

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Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.

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