Frequently in the NBA, the bulk of the focus gets placed on which players are relocating and which ones are staying put and re-signing in pursuit of a title. What gets lost far too often, then, is the importance of making sure the right coach is in place. For all of the talent that that a core of top players can provide, an organization that can't get the most out of them isn't worth very much.
And that fact is what makes the Utah Jazz's decision to lock head coach Quin Snyder into a contract extension just as important to their long-term plans as any trade or free agent acquisition-- if not more so.
Snyder had two more years left on his deal, but he'll now be in SLC for quite awhile longer, reports Adrian Wojnarowski.
The constant that's been at the heart of Utah's recent basketball resurgence has been Snyder. Since he took over as head coach at the start of the 2014-15 season, the Jazz have gone 227-183 with playoff appearances in each of the last three years.
What he's done with the team is downright impressive. The Jazz won 51 games with Gordon Hayward in the 2016-17 season only to watch him leave in free agency. So, what did Snyder do? He squeezed another 48 wins out of the squad in the following season and even eked out one more playoff win than he managed to with Hayward.
It's amazing what he's done for this team. They've yet to finish with fewer than 38 wins in a season. He's done nothing but help them win in an ultra-competitive conference, and will have a real chance to record his best season yet now that Mike Conley is in town and the Warriors dynasty is over.
Now that he has more time under his belt to get the most out of this team, it wouldn't be unreasonable to think that he could be the coach that helps finally bring a championship to Salt Lake City.