- Joe Kaiser, Fantasy, Insider
Utah and its thin rotation have fought and battled hard in the early going this season, yet its record (0-3) doesn't reflect that. A glance at the schedule ahead shows that it could get even worse, and fast, before it gets better for the Jazz.
The Jazz head East for their first extended road trip of the season, starting with Tuesday's game against Brooklyn and continuing to Boston, Chicago and Toronto.
Even if Utah manages to win two of those games, it will still be 2-5 when it returns home next week, and the schedule won't get any easier. The following nine games include Denver, New Orleans (home and away), San Antonio, Golden State (home and away), Dallas, Oklahoma City and Chicago.
Once Trey Burke returns, the Jazz will have a pretty young solid starting unit in place, with Alec Burks serving as the super sub off the bench. However, unless the Jazz can successfully navigate through this difficult part of the schedule, Burke could be joining a team with one of the worst records in the league. Today, our own Chad Ford listed the Jazz second in his weekly Tank Rank column after starting the season at No. 7.
"This season's Jazz team was going to be either a pleasant surprise (if their young players took a big step forward) or a major disaster. It's been a little of both so far. The Jazz are 0-3 and one of those losses came at the hands of the Phoenix Suns. That's the good news for those in the Jazz tanking camp. But the bad news for those hoping the Jazz score the No. 1 pick in June is that the team has played both the Thunder and Rockets pretty tight and Alec Burks, Enes Kanter, Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors all look improved. Once they get a point guard running the team, they should start winning some games and likely slide a few spots down this chart."