Using analizational techniques developed and honed by some of the brightest minds of ISH, I have finally arrived to an epochal discovery that explains why the Jazz are currently 9th in the West, when they have more talent but a few teams in the NBA. Contrary to popular beliefs, it's not the prepondrance of white players on the team, it's the lack of that elusive street hunger that every champion needs.
The problem, quite simply, is that not one player on the Jazz grew up poor. Having led pampered, affluent, lives, the Jazz players simply don't have the hunger(no pun intended) displayed by such ghetto superstars as Telfair, Alston, and the like. Let us take a minute to analyze this.
Carlos Boozer - Grew up in Juneau, Alaska, father in the army. Middle class.
Ronnie Brewer - Grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, father played 8 years in the NBA in the early 80s. Upper middle class.
Jarron Collins - Went to prep schools in LA then Stanford. Member of a mostly white, exclusive fraternity. Upper class.
Matt Harpring - Father and grandfather played college football, as did his uncle...at Notre Dame(!). Mother an accountant. Middle class.
AK47 - Grew up in communism, and there's no such thing as poverty there. Comrade class.
Deron Williams - Grew up in Colony, Texas, a planned community with a poverty rate of 1%. Middle class.
Mehmet Okur - His 2 grandfathers were an imam and an Olympic wrestlers. Working class.
Kyle Korver - Father a reverend. Middle class.
Ronnie Price - Born and raised in Friendswood, Texas. In 2007, CNN/Money Magazine rated Friendswood as one of "America's Best Places to Live. 'Nuff said.
As everyone can plainly see, the Jazz players are mostly in the NBA as an afterthought, as they would all have been lawyers, doctors, army officers, vodka tasters, and other such luminaries. Clearly, the street hunger is not there, so I invite all you fans of other teams to suggest some trade offers, sending your most underpriviledged players to the Jazz so that they might lead by their example.
Why wasn't this a problem last year then? The Jazz are 9th (it's actually 8th at this exact moment) in the West because the talent is freaking crazy in the West right now. It's as simple as that. Only 5.5 games separate the top 10 teams in the West. There is still a lot of time for the Jazz to get back into the top teams...