It’s hard to predict the future of basketball, but, stats are fascinating and they’re fun to look at. They also can point out some alarming trends. For example, when the team is under .500 in January, they usually miss the playoffs. And for a team that misses the playoffs only every twenty years or so, that’s a big deal. In fact, the year before their (unprecedented) 20-year post-season run started, they went 6-10 in January of 1983.
This infographic shows that in the last 10 seasons, any time the Jazz have won half their games or more in the month of January, they’ve at least gone to the playoffs. Also, interestingly enough, the last time the Jazz went to the Western Conference Finals they were 8-8 in January.