We have finally reached the part of the NBA offseason where things are calm and peaceful.
The draft was back and forth, the biggest free agency moves are over, and the NBA Summer League is over. The only thing left to do before training camp opens is to speculate wildly on the upcoming 2021-22 season.
It seemed like the perfect time to open the mailbag and answer some of these burning speculative questions.
Will jazz experiment more this year (compositions, tusks)
– James Gubler (@gubihero) August 21, 2021
In Quin Snyder’s seven years as the Utah Jazz head coach, he hasn’t really been a role model for experimentation, so I wouldn’t count a ton. That’s not to say there won’t be changes and a bit of time spent trying things out, especially given some new faces on the roster, but it doesn’t really sound like Snyder’s style.
If I were a betting lady, I would put my money on Snyder by being tight with her spins and not changing too many things. That being said, Snyder is also playing on the strength of his staff and he has different pieces that will require some flexibility.
Do you think Rudy Gay at 5 will be decently standard for a few minutes a night, or saved more for games or the playoffs?
– Jacob David Perazzo (@JacobPerazzo) August 22, 2021
I think Rudy Gay will take over George Niang’s minutes for the most part, playing mostly four-a-side and the use of Gay five-a-side will be game-based, especially when it comes to the playoffs.
As I mentioned above, having the staff to play a small five ball can mean that Snyder has to use it every now and then just to get the team used to it and getting to grips with the way the rotations are. and the switches are supposed to work, but I wouldn’t expect this to be a nighttime thing.
With the roster more or less defined what remains the biggest holes and / or question marks for Jazz and their quest for a title
– Rhyno (@ rkdavidson13) August 22, 2021
Health is going to be the biggest obstacle in Jazz, but it is the case for all teams in the NBA. Providing a healthy team in the playoffs is no small task and it takes diligence, planning and a lot of luck.
As for things more based on the roster, the Jazz wing’s defense has been improved slightly with the addition of Gay to the squad, but the biggest question I have is, is That’ll do? I don’t really think there is much concern about Gay training and adjusting to the Jazz system. Adaptation has been Gay’s calling card throughout his career.
There are also questions about how long it will take rookie Jared Butler to be ready for the NBA and whether or not he will have a significant role on the team this season.
As the season progresses and the Jazz have a better idea of where they stand against the competition, this is when the biggest holes in the list and question marks are revealed. .
Do you think the offseason is moving – Rudy Gay, Whiteside, Butler – is moving the needle? Related, do you think we could have beaten the clippers with a healthy team in the playoffs?
– Well Duh (@SlugLarson) August 22, 2021
The Jazz did not enter the offseason by seeking to revamp the list. The goal was to work around the roster limits and make minor changes that would benefit the team and I think the Jazz did. On paper I think the Jazz has improved this offseason and that moves the needle for me.
Thinking back to last season’s playoffs, I think if Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley were both healthy, the Jazz could have beaten the Los Angeles Clippers.
Will there be any other front office additions?
– Ethan Day (@ EthanDay81) August 21, 2021
There was a lot of rumbling when Dennis Lindsey first stepped down from his leadership role at Jazz, but since then there hasn’t been much noise about potential front office additions.
Maybe the Jazz are waiting to see how things turn out with Justin Zanik only holding the reins and running things. So far, so good.
Will Dennis Lindsey stay on board for a while in his advisory role?
– Dog (@DblDogDare) August 22, 2021
Sources familiar with the situation have indicated that Lindsey is expected to stay at least this season. While Lindsey doesn’t have a role to play in day-to-day operations, the team still pays for him and so why wouldn’t he stay and spend time with his family without having to do much?
I think once the right opportunity presents itself Lindsey will move on to greener pastures, but right now there’s no real reason for him to pack his bags and go.
How much do Jazz players (Donovan? Jared? Post-Olympic Miye? Post-Up Rudy?) Work harder to improve than players on other teams?
– Always following (@osteomath) August 22, 2021
I know the fans want to believe that the players on their favorite team are the hardest working players in the league, but that just isn’t true.
Most of the top players in the league have similar training regiments and schedules and work just as hard as the next one. Players who are still developing and trying to make their way through the league are trying to emulate the stars of the league, so their routines are not far off.
There are of course a handful of players who are less likely to train and more likely to hang out with celebrities or party and post on Instagram, but these are the exception.
What are your favorite dining choices in Utah?
– The Red Stapler Guy (@RedStaplerGuy) August 22, 2021
I’m definitely not claiming to be a foodie or combing Utah’s food scene, but I did find a few favorites during my time here.
My favorite restaurant in Salt Lake City is probably Laziz, everything on the menu I tried is to die for. Other favorites include Proper Burger (highly recommend the Hipster Burger), Level Crossing (the GOAT sandwich is one of the best things I’ve ever had) and Hopkins Brewery (try the Tatchos, which are tater tot nachos and they are amazing).
If you would like an answer to your question, you can send it to me at [email protected] with “mailbag” in the subject line, or you can send it to me via Twitter @NBASarah with the hashtag #UtahJazzMailbag.