Dallas Mavericks trending up as Utah Jazz are trending down following Quin Snyder’s departure
The Mavs just reached the conference finals under first-year head coach Jason Kidd. They have a 23-year-old superstar that is unquestionably one of the five best players in the NBA, and Dallas believes they can win the championship with a few roster tweaks.
The Jazz face an offseason of uncertainty. They have been bounced in the first round of the playoffs three times in four years and have struggled to get over the hump, despite having two All-Stars at the top of their roster. Starting point guard Mike Conley is 34 years old and Bojan Bogdanovic is 32. The Jazz need to upgrade their roster or their window for contention will close quickly as Rudy Gobert turns 30 this summer.
Snyder is one of the league’s top coaches, but that does not prevent the Jazz from improving under a new voice. Rick Carlisle left Dallas last offseason after 13 seasons in charge and a championship with a similar reputation, and the Mavericks took a step forward under new head coach Jason Kidd. Utah needs an impactful hire that can improve their defense and manage the star personalities.
The head coach is not the only thing that will be changing in Utah this offseason.