Infographic – Jazz January Woes

February 5th, 2011 | by Chris

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.

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  1. Brian says:

    I’m kind of taking the opposite message from this. Namely, that the Jazz often have a mediocre record at the end of January (26-21, 24-22, etc.) but usually end up making the playoffs.

    Then their success in the playoffs seems almost entirely predicted by whether they have to play the Lakers. Let’s hope they don’t end up with the 7th seed.

    • Chris says:

      I totally agree with you. And I totally should’ve pointed out the mediocre records as part of the post. I think this year the Jazz are still playoff bound, especially after watching the team play recently, but if they end up paired against a team that they historically struggle against (read: Spurs or Lakers) it’s going to be a quick trip.

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