Jazz try hard to downplay optimism

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The Jazz went 19-10 after the All-Star break last season. They allowed – by far – a league-low 94.8 points per 100 possessions in that span. They were historically young.

Rudy Gobert looks like a future star. Gordon Hayward is more confident. Derrick Favors has rounded into an impressive player. Alec Burks, Rodney Hood and Trey Burke all have potential to reach the next level.

Many are optimistic about Utah this season, myself included.

Jazz coach Quin Snyder wants to hear none of it.

Jody Genessy of the Deseret News:

Hayward has bought into the message.

Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune:

Consider my optimism only increasing. If the Jazz remain hungry to improve, that only serves them well.

Snyder is right that it’s too soon for Utah to rest on its laurels. This group hasn’t even made the playoffs, though I suspect that will change this season.

But Snyder is underselling what this team has accomplished. The Jazz are good and should be even better this season – especially if they follow his lead on this.