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Don’t Reward Losing: Reworking the NBA Lottery

October 2nd, 2013 | by Clint Johnson
With every Jazz loss this season—and odds are there will be plenty—many Jazz fans will salve their pain with thoughts of the 2014 NBA Draft.  Enough L’s might translate into Andrew Wiggins, after all, with Jabari Parker...
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The Rewards of Selfishness: How Young Players Are Incentivized To Look Out For #1

September 27th, 2013 | by Andy Larsen
Rumors swirled around Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins all summer regarding his availability for an extension this summer, and finally last night, the news came through: according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports,...
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The 2013-14 Jazz Season Can Be Enjoyable, if….

August 27th, 2013 | by Denim Millward
I’d like to begin this post with a hard truth about Jazz fans. We’re not great with objective analysis and reasonable expectations for our team. I don’t want to begin my post with such negativity, but it has to be said. ...
Shaquille O’Neal and the Death of the True NBA Center
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Shaquille O’Neal and the Death of the True NBA Center

August 26th, 2013 | by Kyle Hunt
In June of 2011, at age 39, Shaquille O’Neal announced his retirement from the National Basketball Association. It’s possible a few basketball experts were already aware of the negative impact Shaq’s decision would have on...
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Derrick Favors & Gordon Hayward: Do They Get Extensions, and For How Much?

August 8th, 2013 | by Dan Clayton
The Jazz have just under three months to complete what would be their most important transactions of this off-season (no offense, Richard Jefferson). The extension deadline for Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors looms in late...
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Primer: NBA Contract Extension Rules

August 8th, 2013 | by Dan Clayton
As Peter Novak and I were preparing for our nerd smackdown debate on extension values for Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors, Peter aptly threw in a primer on extension rules. I decided to share those here as a companion post for...
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2013-14 Utah Jazz: Figuring out a Rotation

August 6th, 2013 | by Denim Millward
In a season that most anticipate to be a rebuilding effort for the Jazz, the prime objective seems to be giving the young core as much playing time as reasonably possible.  Despite this clear path, Utah’s rotation is, as my...
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The Jazz Fan Twitter Code of Conduct

July 30th, 2013 | by Denim Millward
I’ve had the idea of hammering out a Utah Jazz Fan Code of Conduct ever since I saw my first absurd Twitter fight that began as a disagreement over playing time, and devolved into such vicious mudslinging that a southern...
Jimmer to the Jazz: The Pros and Cons
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Jimmer to the Jazz: The Pros and Cons

July 23rd, 2013 | by Denim Millward
  When it comes to hypothetical situations, none tears Jazz nation asunder more quickly than mentioning “Jimmer Fredette” and “Utah Jazz” in the same sentence.  Normally put aside in favor of a shared Jazz fandom,...
What if the Deron Williams Trade Never Happened?
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What if the Deron Williams Trade Never Happened?

July 17th, 2013 | by Denim Millward
A wise man once said “dealing in hypotheticals is a fool’s errand.”  (Okay, I actually just made that up, but doesn’t that sound like something a wise man would say?)  Regardless, I’m preparing to embark on a...