Emmanuel Mudiay thinks Jazz are trying to ‘get back’ to the winning days of Karl Malone, John Stockton
New Utah Jazz guard Emmanuel Mudiay likes the position he’s in right now. From his observation, the team is trying to get back to the glory days when Karl Malone and John Stockton were at the helm.
Mudiay — who signed with the Jazz this summer — shared his thoughts on the Jazz during introductory press conference on Tuesday.
“If you look at the team, it’s definitely a great place to come to if you’re trying to win,” Mudiay said, per Ryan McDonald of Deseret News. “The way it’s trending, the way it’s going, it’s definitely becoming a winning program. I think everybody’s trying to get back to the days when Stockton and Malone were here and they were winning a lot of games, so I think it’s going into the right direction for sure.”
The statistics certainly prove Mudiay’s claims. For the past three seasons, the Jazz have made it to the postseason. Slowly and surely, they are turning out to be one of the teams to look out for in the Western Conference.
Back in the late 80s and the 90s, the Jazz were considered one of the best teams out West. Led by the dynamic duo of Stockton and Malone, they made it to the NBA Finals twice and were a perennial playoff team.
Now, they are a completely different team led by a young guard in Donovan Mitchell, a defensive stalwart in Rudy Gobert, and a great coach in Quinn Snyder. The addition of Mudiay — a former lottery pick — can possibly boost their chances at going back to their glory days.