Is Quin Snyder about to leave jazz?


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Last season, the Utah Jazz looked like a powerhouse, finishing with the best record in the NBA and boasting one of the most powerful offenses in the league.

They ended up losing in the second round of the playoffs to the Los Angeles Clippers in six games, even after Kawhi Leonard suffered an injury and was ejected for the rest of the playoffs.

So far this season, Utah has been a relative disappointment, and there are rumors that if it falters again in the playoffs, there could be changes in the order.

The biggest change that has been rumored is that head coach Quin Snyder could leave the team.

Jazz is underperforming

Currently, Donovan Mitchell and company are only fifth in the Western Conference.

It’s a disappointing position since at one point they were 28-10 this season.

The Jazz are still on top of offensive efficiency, but their 3-point shot, murderous last year, has weakened a bit.

This year Utah is eighth in 3-point shooting percentage, which seems pretty good, but last season they were fourth in that category.

What makes matters worse is that the Jazz’s defense has gone down even further.

In 2020-21, they were fourth in defensive efficiency and third in runs allowed, but this year they’ve dropped to 11th in defensive rating and 10th in runs allowed.

The Jazz could very well lose in the first round of the playoffs, especially if they draw with Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

On the season, Utah is 1-2 against the Warriors, with its only win against them coming when Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were both out of action.

The Jazz recently went on a five-game losing streak, and in a contest they blew a huge lead and lost to the inferior Clippers.

Some of them may not be Snyder’s fault

The Jazz certainly have a strong and well-rounded roster, but when it comes to stepping up to the next level, they have a big deficit.

Although Mitchell is, at worst, a borderline superstar, the team lacks a bonafide second star or superstar.

Point guard Mike Conley is a good player, but he lacks the ability to constantly force the problem by scoring runs and adapting defenses.

Bojan Bogdanovic is the team’s second top scorer, but he’s mostly a player who needs to be prepared, and he doesn’t have the legitimate ability to take his own shot.

Center Rudy Gobert is an exceptional rebounder and rim protector, but he also lacks the ability to create his own shot consistently.

Mitchell has shown he can score 40+ points in any playoff game, but to overcome the difficulty he will need a co-star or two at some point.

Where could Snyder go?

If Snyder is indeed fired, or if he simply decides to walk away, there are already at least a few teams that would be interested in him.

The Los Angeles Lakers are set to fire Frank Vogel very soon, and with LeBron James and Anthony Davis still under contract, they’ll likely prefer a proven head coach to go one last run in another championship while James is still an elite player. .

The other hot rumor is that if San Antonio Spurs boss Gregg Popovich retires, Snyder could very well replace him.




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