Reason 32: The Re-Vamped Jazz
The point guard is the “quaterback” of the basketball team. The floor general calls and makes the plays. He is the coach on the floor. Since 2005, the Utah Jazz have been under the leadership of Deron Williams. The 6’3″ point guard from Illinois was drafted third overall in that 05 draft. In his first year, “D-Will” averaged 10.8 ppg and almost 5 apg and made the All-NBA Rookie Team. In his second season, Williams led the Jazz to a 12-1 record to begin the season, which is the best start in franchise history. Williams started to become a double-double machine his third season, and led the Jazz back to the playoffs, where they had a three year drought. He was a two-time All-Star and an Olympic Gold Medalist. Then in February of 2011, the Jazz traded away their quaterback to the New Jersey Nets. Devin Harris and Derrick Favors packed up their kicks and flew to Utah, along with two first round draft picks and cash. 6’10″ center Enes Kanter was taken with one of those first round picks at number three overall. Devin Harris brings experience at the point guard position for the Jazz. And with Al Jefferson, Adrei Kirilenko, Mehmet Okur, and C.J. Miles back after a successful 2010 campaign, these young, athletic players will help the Jazz to feel that they haven’t skipped a beat.