The NBA's best record resides in Salt Lake City, not in Los Angeles. What the Jazz are doing on both ends is notable: they're an elite defense and are the league's most consistent shooting team.
What makes them special, though, is how they've become the best extra pass team in the NBA. Watching them play brings back memories of the 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs, who dismantled more talented teams with their cohesion, tough defense and ability to create open looks for each other.
Whether this Jazz group can capture the same level of success remains to be seen. But they're a joy to watch and are a great reminder that sometimes the best thing to do for a franchise is to have patience, resist external calls to blow things up and bank on gradual improvement to take the next steps.
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