My apologies to the loyal, ravenous fanbase of the Utah Jazz, but this team is not going to be good this year.
In the future? Possibly. There are a few young players worth investing, such as Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Gordon Hayward, but there were a few acquisitions, Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins, that lead one to believe that Utah is not going to be exactly adamant about going for a title this season.
Utah can at least be satisfied with the deals that brought in Brandon Rush and John Lucas III, as well as the draft that brought in Trey Burke and Rudy Gobert, but this team will be on the outside looking in come playoff time.
Overall, the past few years have been tough for the Jazz. They lost their coach (Jerry Sloan), All-Star point guard (Deron Williams) and All-Star power forward (Carlos Boozer). This offseason, they have already lost Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, but those two have been in the trade rumors for awhile.
It's clear and evident: the Jazz are in rebuilding mode. They recognize they can't keep up with the Houston's or the San Antonio's or the Oklahoma City's, and it's a great thing they recognized this before marching out a product that's going to be first-round fodder.
It's always darkest before the dawn. For the Jazz, it may be dim for awhile. Even with a number of lottery picks on the roster, reliable players are few and far between on the current roster.
16 players, including those who have yet to be signed by other franchises but have agreed to deals, are on the current Jazz roster and we took the time to rank each and every last one of them.