The Utah Jazz head into the 2012-2013 NBA season with largely the same roster that earned a trip to the playoffs last season. The Jazz have a talented group of players under 25 that will likely benefit from a full training camp with Coach Tyrone Corbin.
Provided that they exhibit some growth and improvement, Alec Burks, Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter may all see a little extra playing time this season. The amount of improvement that these young players exhibit will not only determine the amount of success that the Jazz experience, but it may also impact what Utah's roster may look like at the end of the season. If Favors or Kanter show marked improvement, the Jazz may move Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap by the trade deadline.
The Jazz kept their young players together with the hopes that they will grow collectively as a group. To help foster that growth, Utah brought in former All-Star point guard Mo Williams (2009) to lead the team and provide some veteran leadership.
Mo Williams, along with the other newcomers, Randy Foye and Marvin Williams, directly address one of Utah's major needs heading into the offseason. Last season, the Jazz made just 4.1 threes per game (third worst in the NBA) on 32.3 percent shooting from behind the arc (fourth worst). Foye and the two Williamses combined to make 4.1 threes per game on 38.7 percent shooting from three-point land last season.
Improved three-point shooting, continued growth along with some veteran leadership should help the young Utah Jazz earn their second straight playoff appearance.
Game 1, Wednesday, October 31 versus Dallas Mavericks- Jazz drop their season opener to Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks (Record 0-1).
Game 2, Friday, November 2 at New Orleans Hornets- Jazz get a road win over the young Hornets (Record 1-1).
Game 3, Saturday, November 3 at San Antonio Spurs- Jazz drop the second half of a back-to-back to the Spurs (Record 1-2).
Game 4, Monday, November 5 at Memphis Grizzlies- Jazz close a 1-2 road trip with a loss to the Grizzlies (Record 1-3).
Game 5, Wednesday, November 7 versus Los Angeles Lakers- Jazz lose a home game to the visiting Lakers (Record 1-4).
Game 6, Friday, November 9 at Denver Nuggets- Jazz visit the Mile High City and get a victory over the Nuggets (Record 2-4).
Game 7, Saturday, November 10 versus Phoenix Suns- Jazz beat the Suns to successfully complete a back-to-back (Record 3-4).
Game 8, Monday, November 12 at Toronto Raptors- Jazz begin a four-game East Coast road swing with a loss to the Raptors (Record 3-5).
Game 9, Wednesday, November 14 at Boston Celtics- Jazz fall to the Celtics at the TD Garden for the fifth straight time (Record 3-6).
Game 10, Friday, November 16 at Philadelphia 76ers- Jazz rebound with a victory over Andrew Bynum and the 76ers (Record 4-6).
Game 11, Saturday, November 17 at Washington Wizards- Jazz play for the third time in four nights and drop a road game to the Wizards (Record 4-7).
Game 12, Monday, November 19 versus Houston Rockets- Jazz defeat the Rockets to open a brief two-game homestand (Record 5-7).
Game 13, Friday, November 23 versus Sacramento Kings- Jazz beat the Kings in the first half of a home-and-home back-to-back (Record 6-7).
Game 14, Saturday, November 24 at Sacramento Kings- Jazz fall to the Kings at Power Balance Pavilion (Record 6-8).
Game 15, Monday, November 26 versus Denver Nuggets- Jazz get a quality home win over the Nuggets at EnergySolutions Arena (Record 7-8).
Game 16, Wednesday, November 28 at New Orleans Hornets- Jazz fall to the Hornets and drop to 3-7 on the road (Record 7-9).
Game 17, Friday, November 30 at Oklahoma City Thunder- Jazz lose to the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena (Record 7-10).
Game 18, Saturday, December 1 at Houston Rockets- Jazz close a disappointing 0-3 road trip with a loss to Jeremy Lin and the Rockets (Record 7-11).
Game 19, Monday, December 3 versus Los Angeles Clippers- Jazz continue to struggle and drop a home game to the Clippers (Record 7-12).
Game 20, Wednesday, December 5 versus Orlando Magic- Jazz get a much-needed win over the Magic (Record 8-12).
Game 21, Friday, December 7 versus Toronto Raptors- Jazz close a 2-1 homestand with a victory over the Raptors (Record 9-12).
Game 22, Sunday, December 9 at Los Angeles Lakers- Jazz fall to the star-studded Lakers at the Staples Center (Record 9-13).
Game 23, Wednesday, December 12 versus San Antonio Spurs- Jazz get an impressive home win over the Spurs (Record 10-13).
Game 24, Friday, December 14 at Phoenix Suns- Jazz lose the first half of a back-to-back to the Suns (Record 10-14).
Game 25, Saturday, December 15 versus Memphis Grizzlies- Jazz play for the third time in four nights and drop a home game to the Grizzlies (Record 10-15).
Game 26, Tuesday, December 18 at Brooklyn Nets- Jazz fall to the Nets at the Barclays Center (Record 10-16).
Game 27, Wednesday, December 19 at Indiana Pacers- Jazz capture the second half of a back-to-back with a victory over the Pacers (Record 11-16).
Game 28, Saturday, December 22 at Miami Heat- Jazz lose to the Heat (Record 11-17).
Game 29, Sunday, December 23 at Orlando Magic- Jazz defeat the Magic to close a respectable 2-2 road trip (Record 12-17).
Game 30, Wednesday, December 26 versus Golden State Warriors- Jazz open a brief two-game homestand with a victory over the Warriors (Record 13-17).
Game 31, Friday, December 28 versus Los Angeles Clippers- Jazz beat Chris Paul and the Clippers (Record 14-17).
Game 32, Sunday, December 30 at Los Angeles Clippers- Jazz drop a road game to the Clippers at the Staples Center (Record 14-18).
Game 33, Wednesday, January 2 versus Minnesota Timberwolves- Jazz fall to the Timberwolves at EnergySolutions Arena (Record 14-19).
Game 34, Friday, January 4 at Phoenix Suns- Jazz get a road win over the Suns (Record 15-19).
Game 35, Saturday, January 5 at Denver Nuggets- Jazz lose the second half of a back-to-back to the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center (Record 15-20).
Game 36, Monday, January 7 versus Dallas Mavericks- Jazz play for the third time in four nights and drop a home game to the Mavericks (Record 15-21).
Game 37, Wednesday, January 9 at Charlotte Bobcats- Jazz get back on track with a victory over the Bobcats (Record 16-21).
Game 38, Friday, January 11 at Atlanta Hawks- Jazz defeat Devin Harris and the new-look Hawks in the first half of a back-to-back (Record 17-21).
Game 39, Saturday, January 12 at Detroit Pistons- Jazz fall to the Pistons at the Palace (Record 17-22).
Game 40, Monday, January 14 versus Miami Heat- Jazz drop a home game to LeBron James and the visiting Heat (Record 17-23).
Game 41, Saturday, January 19 versus Cleveland Cavaliers- Jazz beat the Cavaliers for the sixth straight time (Record 18-23).
Game 42, Wednesday, January 23 versus Washington Wizards- Jazz close a 2-1 homestand with a victory over the Wizards (Record 19-23).
Game 43, Friday, January 25 at Los Angeles Lakers- Jazz fall to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in the first half of a back-to-back (Record 19-24).
Game 44, Saturday, January 26 versus Indiana Pacers- Jazz play for the third time in four nights and drop a home game to the visiting Pacers (Record 19-25).
Game 45, Monday, January 28 versus Houston Rockets- Jazz get back on track with a close home win over the Rockets (Record 20-25).
Game 46, Wednesday, January 30 versus New Orleans Hornets- Jazz get a home win over the Hornets (Record 21-25).
Game 47, Friday, February 1 versus Portland Trail Blazers- Jazz open February with a victory over the Trail Blazers (Record 22-25).
Game 48, Saturday, February 2 at Portland Trail Blazers- Jazz defeat the Trail Blazers to successfully complete a home-and-home back-to-back (Record 23-25).
Game 49, Monday, February 4 versus Sacramento Kings- Jazz win a close game over the visiting Kings (Record 24-25).
Game 50, Wednesday, February 6 versus Milwaukee Bucks- Jazz continue their winning ways with a victory over the Bucks (Record 25-25).
Game 51, Friday, February 8 versus Chicago Bulls- Jazz defeat the Bulls to complete a perfect 3-0 homestand (Record 26-25).
Game 52, Saturday, February 9 at Sacramento Kings- Jazz drop the second half of a back-to-back to the Kings (Record 26-26).
Game 53, Tuesday, February 12 versus Oklahoma City Thunder- Jazz fall to Kevin Durant and the Thunder in the first half of a back-to-back (Record 26-27).
Game 54, Wednesday, February 13 at Minnesota Timberwolves- Jazz head into the All-Star break with a loss to Kevin Love and the Timberwolves (Record 26-28).
Game 55, Tuesday, February 19 versus Golden State Warriors- Jazz open the second half of the season with a home win over the Warriors (Record 27-28).
Game 56, Saturday, February 23 at Los Angeles Clippers- Jazz win a close road game against the Clippers (Record 28-28).
Game 57, Monday, February 25 versus Boston Celtics- Jazz get a solid home win over the Celtics (Record 29-28).
Game 58, Wednesday, February 27 versus Atlanta Hawks- Jazz defeat the Hawks and win the season series for the first time since the 2006-2007 season (Record 30-28).
Game 59, Friday, March 1 versus Charlotte Bobcats- Jazz open March with a victory over Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Bobcats (Record 31-28).
Game 60, Monday, March 4 at Milwaukee Bucks- Jazz defeat the Bucks and win the season series for the third straight time (Record 32-28).
Game 61, Wednesday, March 6 at Cleveland Cavaliers- Jazz drop a close road game to Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers (Record 32-29).
Game 62, Friday, March 8 at Chicago Bulls- Jazz lose to the Bulls at the United Center (Record 32-30).
Game 63, Saturday, March 9 at New York Knicks- Jazz close a disappointing 1-3 road trip with a loss to Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks (Record 32-31).
Game 64, Monday, March 11 versus Detroit Pistons- Jazz defeat the Pistons and earn their fifth consecutive home win (Record 33-31).
Game 65, Wednesday, March 13 at Oklahoma City Thunder- Jazz drop a road game to the Thunder (Record 33-32).
Game 66, Saturday, March 16 versus Memphis Grizzlies- Jazz open a brief two-game homestand with a victory over the Grizzlies (Record 34-32).
Game 67, Monday, March 18 versus New York Knicks- Jazz defeat the Knicks at EnergySolutions Arena for the sixth straight time (Record 35-32).
Game 68, Wednesday, March 20 at Houston Rockets- Jazz begin the Texas Triangle with a victory over the Rockets at the Toyota Center (Record 36-32).
Game 69, Friday, March 22 at San Antonio Spurs- Jazz lose to the savvy Spurs at the AT&T Center (Record 36-33).
Game 70, Sunday, March 24 at Dallas Mavericks- Jazz drop the final leg of the triangle to the Mavericks at the American Airlines Center (Record 36-34).
Game 71, Monday, March 25 versus Philadelphia 76ers- Jazz get a home win over the 76ers in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 37-34).
Game 72, Wednesday, March 27 versus Phoenix Suns- Jazz play for the third time in four nights and drop a home game to the visiting Suns (Record 37-35).
Game 73, Friday, March 29 at Portland Trail Blazers- Jazz defeat the Trail Blazers for the seventh consecutive time (Record 38-35).
Game 74, Saturday, March 30 versus Brooklyn Nets- Jazz beat Deron Williams and the visiting Nets in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 39-35).
Game 75, Monday, April 1 versus Portland Trail Blazers- Jazz drop a home game to the Trail Blazers (Record 39-36).
Game 76, Wednesday, April 3 versus Denver Nuggets- Jazz fall to the Nuggets (Record 39-37).
Game 77, Friday, April 5 versus New Orleans Hornets- Jazz end a disappointing 1-3 homestand with a loss to Anthony Davis and the Hornets (Record 39-38).
Game 78, Sunday, April 7 at Golden State Warriors- Jazz earn their 40th victory with a road win over the Warriors (Record 40-38).
Game 79, Tuesday, April 9 versus Oklahoma City Thunder- Jazz get an impressive home win over the Thunder (Record 41-38).
Game 80, Friday, April 12 versus Minnesota Timberwolves- Jazz defeat the Timberwolves to close a brief two-game homestand (Record 42-38).
Game 81, Monday, April 15 at Minnesota Timberwolves- Jazz fall to the Timberwolves at the Target Center (Record 42-39).
Game 82, Wednesday, April 17 at Memphis Grizzlies- Jazz close the regular season with a road win over the Grizzlies (Record 43-39).
Prediction: Behind the growth of their young players, some veteran leadership, a full training camp and improved three-point shooting, the Utah Jazz will likely make a second straight trip to NBA playoffs.
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More 2012-2013 game-by-game predictionsRandy Foye NBA Statistics, Marvin Williams NBA Statistics, Mo Williams NBA Statistics; ESPN.com's Utah Jazz 2013 Schedule and 2011-12 Regular Season NBA Team Stats was used for this article.