Dear 100 Hour Board,
Will the Jazz ever win a national championship?
Will they ever not wear tacky uniforms?
-Really Deep Questioner
NBA players would probably be offended because they call the championship the World Championship. However, I think National Championship is definitely more fitting.
The Jazz are on the right track, but it really depends on injuries. I agree with D.A.R.E. that the Jazz still need at least one more piece (although I think they need two more solid pieces). The Warriors still have a few more years left in their run and it wouldn't surprise me if their players continue to take pay cuts in order to keep the championship runs going. The Jazz also need to keep egos in check. Once you get as good as the Jazz are going to be, it can be hard to keep the team mentality, but I think Quin Snyder will keep the team grounded.
As for the uniforms: probably not.
-Sunday Night Banter
Sure, the Jazz could win an NBA title. They have a lot of the pieces in place to do it. Rudy Gobert is the anchor in the paint and a Defensive Player of the Year candidate every year, and Donovan Mitchell looks like a superstar in waiting. Ricky Rubio acquitted himself well in his first trip to the playoffs. Joe Ingles is tremendous. Derrick Favors is great. They probably need one more piece to put them into the realm of true contenders, but the future is bright in Salt Lake.
The only real problem to their ascent to contention is the same one facing pretty much other team in the NBA, and that's the Golden State Warriors. As I write this, they've just finished blowing the doors off of Houston in Game 1 and look pretty close to unbeatable. No one has their depth. No one has their versatility. No one has the two greatest shooters of all time. No one has multiple MVPs in their primes. If the Jazz want to contend for a title, they'll either have to wait out this Warriors run, or figure out a way to injure Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala all at the same time.
As for the tacky uniforms, yes, the Jazz look like a team of tequila sunrises out there, but that's the trend in the Association ever since Nike took over the uniform contract last year. Every team has a uniform like that. Some have several. These things come and go in waves. Give it a couple of years and they'll be back to something a little tamer. Or worse, I dunno.
I have to agree with Sunday and D.A.R.E. The Jazz are a good team, but they need one more player who can score regularly to contend for a title. However, I can't see this Warriors team remaining unchanged in the next three years. I think it's going to be too expensive to keep them all together, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the front office try to pull a superstar trade for one of their All-Stars to maximize the return. Unless LeBron joins the Rockets this off-season, the Jazz have a real chance to be a contender for the next 5 years. Their star players, Gobert and Mitchell, are 25 and 21 respectively, and that is a fantastic core to build around. They also both love playing here in Utah. In addition to that, Dennis Lindsey and Quinn Snyder have shown time and time again that they can build and develop a great roster from players who were cast off by other teams. I mean, Joe Ingles was cut from the Clippers, Ricky Rubio was a lost cause in Minnesota, and Jae Crowder was non-existent in Cleveland. All three of those guys turned into major contributors on a playoff team. For that matter, Gobert and Mitchell have greatly exceeded expectations. As long as Lindsey and Snyder are around, I think the Jazz will always be a contender.
And tacky uniforms? Did you see the City Edition uniform of other teams around the league?
This is what the Mavericks were wearing:
The Lakers dressed in faux snakeskin (I get that this is a nod to Kobe "Black Mamba" Bryant, but really? Snakeskin? In the NBA?):
The Magic wanted to be astronauts:
Plus, the Jazz got a sweet court to go with their jerseys:
All in all, I loved the jerseys this year and hope that the city edition version sticks around for a long time. It's a great time to be a Jazz fan!