The young Utah Jazz were a surprise playoff team last season. Can they take another step forward as the rest of the Western Conference contenders also advance?
In this episode of "Basketball by Association," NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes break down all the key roster losses and additions, discuss the biggest storylines to watch and set realistic expectations for the Jazz.
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Utah arguably had the worst backcourt in the NBA last season. Now they've upgraded to an average unit of Mo Williams, Gordon Hayward, Randy Foye, Alec Burks and Marvin William. Will they be reliable enough to at least not be a detriment for the rest of the team?
The Jazz also have big decisions to make up front, as Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter can all contribute, but can't share enough of the minutes.
Who should stay, and who should become trade bait? Which players should the Jazz be pursuing in return, and how will they use their nearly $32 million in open cap space next offseason?
There's no denying that the Jazz are on the right track. Yet, how long of a rebuilding project will this be, and what are the realistic expectations for a team that still might need another year or two?
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