Quin Snyder Unleashed
Updated: Sep 17, 2019
After a franchise great off-season, one stands to gain more from the roster adjustments than Coach Snyder.
Jazz fans aren’t privy to how Quin Snyder operates behind the scenes.
Sure, there are reports of his brainstorming sessions and mad scientist white boards. There is all sorts of talk about his detail oriented practices and thorough film sessions.
We know he’s a genius, but you have to wonder: how much is he still holding back?
From the very beginning you could tell Quin was a cut above the other budding coaches in line for a head job. His experience, approach, and strategies were fresh and cutting edge.
Jody Genessy of the Deseret News wrote about Quin’s basketball philosophy following
his introductory press conference:
“‘Attention to detail,’ winning with an up-tempo, creative offense, having a trusting
group that plays unified on defense, developing players as individuals and as a
group, and instilling more of his core concepts: being unselfish, competitive and
Over the past six years, Quin Snyder has
accomplished nearly every item on his list:
He took young, inexperienced players and taught them about angles, timing, advantage basketball, and spacing. Today, they are one of the best teams at executing their playbook. The Jazz were #1 in the league last season at generating wide open shots.
Quin also instilled unified defense into his rag tag group. Outside of Snyder’s first season as head coach, the Jazz have ranked 7th or better in the NBA’s defensive rating statistic. The streak doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon.
Player development has been an incredibly successful aspect of Snyder’s tenure. Gobert, Ingles, Mitchell, and O’Neale have all benefited from his staff’s process. Recent addition to the roster, Emmanuel Mudiay, joined the Jazz primarily due to their reputation for development.
Unselfishness, competitive nature, and accountability have been seen countless times over the years and are values instilled in every member of the current team. Unsurprisingly, it appears the same values exist in all of Utah’s recent acquisitions.
One point on his list is still missing, however: “an up-tempo, creative offense”.
Since joining the Jazz, Utah has ranked 16th, 16th, 12th, 16th, and 14th. The Jazz pace has been even more dismal, ranking 30th, 30th, 30th, 25th, and 14th respectively.
Quin Snyder is an offensive coach who throughout his tenure has had to make due with a roster lacking the skills he is best suited to maximize. Quin has been held back from his potential, yet still finds a way to get it done.
Quin’s leadership piloted the Jazz to three playoff visits and two series wins. Their playoff losses have come at the expense of their offense, as was the case this past post-season against the Houston Rockets.
In his exit interview at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season, Dennis Lindsey commented that, "While we have a very good team, the results told us we don't have a great team."
Since that disappointing interview, the Jazz front office got to work. They pulled off a trade for All-Star caliber point guard Mike Conley, signed Bojan Bogdanovic as a free agent, and added Jeff Green and Ed Davis around the edges.
Of course these additions came at the expense of multiple Jazz favorites such as Rubio, Crowder, and Favors. However, the net result of the roster construction translates to a significantly improved offense
and a slightly weakened (if at all) defense.
No one stands to gain more from the roster adjustments than Coach Snyder.
Quin believes in analytics and efficient basketball, which tells us that the best shots are at the rim and from the corner 3.
With improved spacing and personnel the Jazz can go to work in the pick and roll to get, and make, these shots.
Imagine a high pick and roll with Gobert and Conley with Ingles, Mitchell, and Bogdanovic stretched out to the 3.
Gobert is the best rolling big in the NBA
Conley’s 0.96 PPP in the PnR is miles ahead of Rubio’s 0.78
Mitchell’s catch and shoot 3 was 40% last year
Ingles and Bogdanovic shot 40% and 51% from the corner 3 last year
What does the defense do?
Leave the shooters? No, they’ll make roughly every other shot.
Trap the ball handler? No, Rudy will break his own record for most dunks in a season.
Sag onto Rudy? Maybe, but few players took more above the break 3s than Conley last year with a greater percentage.
Hurry back to cover the shot? Maybe, but Bogdanovic, Conley, and Mitchell are all above average on drives.
Such is the conundrum Quin Snyder will force opposing teams to confront. A similar strategy was in place last year but without the personnel to make the defense pay every time.
This year, the possibilities are endless.
Conley, Mitchell, Ingles, and Bogdanovic can all run the pick and roll as the ball handler.
O’Neale and Niang can space out as excellent shooters.
They can play fast with Mitchell, Bogdanovic, Conley, O’Neale, and others who are all excellent in transition efficiency.
Quin can run Ingles, Mitchell, Conley, or Bogdanovic off weak side screens to bend the defense and create scoring opportunities.
The Quin-tessenntial (see what we did there) Spain pick and roll has immense potential with so many of the aforementioned players capable of playing any role with precision.
One thing is for sure: Quin knows exactly how to maximize this roster. He's had nearly six years of prep. We’re about to see Quin Snyder unleashed.
And he’s never been more ready.