Quin Snyder has done an incredible job since taking over the head coaching duties from Tyrone Corbin in 2014.
He has amassed a 129-117 record, while helping the Jazz gradually improve and increase their wins in each year. Going from 38 wins in 2014, 40 wins in 2015, and finally to 51 wins last season along with a trip to the playoffs.
He has the looks of a mad scientist and the results of an evil genius.
Snyder has instilled a defensive culture with this team, and that is something that is not going to leave with the departure of Gordon Hayward.
This team will still win games because they are going to out work opponents on the defensive end of the floor. They play tough perimeter defense and force opponents off the three-point line, where they are corralled into the waiting 7’9″ arms of Rudy Gobert.
Offensively is where the Jazz may struggle. It is not easy for any team to replace 22 points a game. The benefit the Jazz have in replacing that offense is Snyder’s equal opportunity offense.
The Jazz rarely ran isolation plays on offense outside of end of shot clock or end of game situations. They move the ball around consistently on offense so everybody get’s touches and feels involved.
Hayward may be gone, but he got his baskets in the flow of the offense. This isn’t like losing Russell Westbrook where everything revolved around him.
Quin Snyder’s defensive mindset and equal opportunity offense, will help the Jazz weather this storm.