Take note: At 26-6, Utah Jazz are the NBA's best team so far

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Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell celebrates after dunking against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Looking at individual stats reveals nothing about the Utah Jazz.

They have one player among those with the 50 highest scoring averages so far this season. They have only one player among the top 50 per game in rebounding. They don’t have anyone with a top-30 assist average.

And they have the NBA’s best record — by a considerable margin.

Take note: The Jazz are off to the best start in franchise history, are on pace to shatter the NBA record for 3-pointers made per game, have won 20 of their last 22 games and just handed the reigning champion Los Angeles Lakers their worst loss of the season.

“They’re the hottest team in the league,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said after his team, which was without Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder, lost 114-89 in Salt Lake City on Wednesday night. “Nobody’s playing as well as the Utah Jazz in the NBA right now.”

At 26-6, the Jazz sit atop the NBA. That alone is impressive.

The rest of the team numbers only adds to the story.

They have led by double figures at some point in 26 of their 32 games, led by at least 20 points in 19 of them and led wire-to-wire six times. They are third in the NBA in points per game scored — despite playing at the league’s 22nd-slowest pace — and are second in points per game allowed.