Utah Jazz for real?

The expectation was to replace either Victor Wembanyama or Scoot Henderson after they traded Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell to All-Stars last summer. Instead, the Jazz led the Western Conference 10-3 in Friday games — a game better than their start in the 2020-21 season en route to the NBA’s best regular season record.

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With each passing victory, it becomes more and more difficult to call a team an accident. How well can we expect Utah to perform if this club sticks together throughout the season? And is that potential worth more than trading veterans and playing the lottery?

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What can history tell us about the Jazz’s start and their chances of retaining a Western Conference playoff spot?

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Throughout the NBA season, I answer your questions about the latest and greatest topics in basketball. You can tweet me directly on @kpeltonwrite your questions using the hashtag #peltonmailbag or email them [email protected].

In addition to the main question, this week’s mailbox also looks at the effect of home court advantage during the season and all international starting fives.