The Utah Jazz were the best of the worst in three statistics this year

We know that jazz was bad.

If the 31-51 record and 12thTh The best place in the Western Conference was not meaningful, the record of 5-25 at the end of the season should be sufficient proof.

Just like the stats above, accurate stats can be one of the clearest indicators of how much a team is struggling or succeeding on the hardwood.

When you break down the final stats for the 2023-2024 Jazz team, you'll find three specific things the Jazz failed at more than 29 other NBA teams.

This isn't a single Out article where we analyze Player A's shots or Player B's ratio of turnovers to assists, but rather we focus on what the team as a whole consistently failed to do .

It won't shock you to know that both stats are on the defensive side of the ball, as the Jazz's offense can be lethal at certain times of the year.

The Jazz defense was 29Th The worst number of points allowed (120.5 per game) unsurprisingly gave up the most three points per game to their opponents.

If you were playing against the Jazz, you would probably shoot around 14.8 three-pointers in a game.

The NBA's top scorer, the Indiana Pacers, only made 10.7 three-pointers per game.

The 29thTh The Bulls were the opponent's highest-ranked team with three pointers scored at 14.6.

Knowing this, you won't be surprised that teams, on average, had their best shooting nights downtown against the Jazz.

With a whopping 39.5 percent (30Th in the NBA) for downtown opponents, perimeter defense could be circled as a must-have scenario this offseason.

The teams were able to do their best against Utah not because of sheer luck or high shooting numbers, but because the look was clean and efficient and the Jazz couldn't suppress that.

It wasn't a coincidence, it was and is still a problem today.

This is very much related to the other statistics.

When teams shoot well or get a clean shot, it is most likely a sign that they are moving the ball effectively.

Whether it's hurling the ball over the edge, driving and kicking it, or moving it from the inside out, passing is crucial to getting open looks.

The conclusion is that the Jazz allowed opponents to distribute the ball more quickly than any other defense in the organization.

The Hornets (28.7 APG) and Wizards (29.0 APG) were better at slowing opponents' ball movement than Utah, which averaged 29.8 assists per game allowed.

Of course, this was last place in the NBA and just 0.2 away from reaching the 30 mark.

This is the worst assist mark an NBA team has allowed since 1996, as far back as will let me give it. Who knows, it could be historic.

For comparison, the best team, the Orlando Magic, only allowed 23.9 assists per game.

When you combine these together, there is a difference of six assists between the best and the worst.

Assuming an assist is a byproduct of a 2- or 3-point field goal, a difference of 12 to 18 extra points is allowed.

This calculation would once again make it clear that the Jazz had major problems on defense.

Statistics don't tell the whole picture and will never be complete, but these small examples should tell you everything you need to know about what needs to be improved/fixed next year.

Anna Harden

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