Each year before the start of the season, the NBA shares its results from a league-wide survey for the 30 general managers. With questions ranging from who are the best players to which coach makes the best adjustments in the game, GMs were asked to answer a total of 48 questions.
Having been one of the best teams in the league for the past two seasons, it’s no surprise that Jazz has once again been mentioned among the league’s elite.
Here’s a breakdown of where Utah fell in the rankings.
As a team, Utah was the overwhelming favorite to finish second in the Western Conference, receiving 53% of the vote. The Los Angeles Lakers were selected to finish first with 80% of the vote, while 13% had Utah having a field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Speaking of the home court, the Jazz were voted the team with the best home court advantage – an honor no doubt helped by its boisterous fan base. They also received votes as the funniest team to watch in the league.
Over the past two seasons, Snyder has been hailed as one of the league’s brightest minds and leaders, and this year should be no different.
He was voted third best coach in the league behind Erik Spoelstra (Miami) and Monty Williams (Phoenix). Spoelstra got 55% of the vote, Williams 17% and Snyder rounded out the top three with 14%.
He is arguably the best coach in the league when it comes to offensive and defensive plans. He won the category which leads the best attack while taking third place in which the coach has the best defensive pattern, joining Mike Budenholzer (Milwaukee) as the only coaches in the top three in each category.
He is tied with Nick Nurse (Toronto) for fourth place among coaches who make the best adjustments in the game.
It wasn’t just Snyder who took home coaching honors. Assistant Alex Jensen received votes in the Best Assistant Coach category.
It’s no surprise that the three-time defensive player of the year is still the best inside defender in the league, receiving 77% of the vote. Gobert was also voted the league’s second best defensive player, receiving 17% of the vote, while Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee) took first place with 47% of the vote.
“I have an organization, a team of coaches, my teammates who all believe in me every night and I give them that confidence back and we do it together.”#Take note | @ rudygobert27 pic.twitter.com/UphJ8ihOOQ
– utahjazz (@utahjazz) June 10, 2021
Rookie Jared Butler received votes in the biggest robbery category of the draft from where he was selected. After being ranked No.40 overall, Butler could carve out a role as reserve goalie for Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley, alongside reigning sixth man of the year Jordan Clarkson. Conley is tied for fourth on the list of active players who would one day make the best head coach.