By G Moniy
HHV Sports Staff Writer
In an era of NBA super-teams, every franchise tried to make a big move to land a superstar. But, the abandoned teams have proven that there’s something to be said for homegrown teams. When Gordon Hayward left the Utah Jazz, everybody counted them out.
After the Kyrie Irving/Isaiah Thomas trade, all eyes were on Boston, like it was 2007. The Celtics have done good, but DeRozan’s Raptors have done great. Meanwhile, out West, the OKC Thunder have struggled with Melo and Paul George, and Victor Oladipo’s Pacers are rolling.
The Utah Jazz, though? These dudes are balling out of their minds, right now, and are number five out West. They are at 40-30, on the season, and have won 21 of their last 23 games, which have them paced as the NBA’s best team, during this stretch, and Donovan Mitchell an immediate star.
Look, this isn’t to say that the Portland Trail Blazers, who are pretty much locked in as the third seed, aren’t THE major threat out West, but the Utah Jazz can roll with almost anyone. The Jazz could very easily upset the Thunder, in the first round, if current seedings hold, and they could push Harden’s Rockets harder than expected. If Portland, led by Damian Lillard, somehow survived Golden State, they could probably take Utah and get the title.
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