NBA Podcast: 2013-14 Utah Jazz Season Preview

Joel C. Cordes@@bballJoelNBA Associate EditorSeptember 19, 2013

Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors are about to become one of the NBA's scariest frontcourts.
Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors are about to become one of the NBA's scariest frontcourts.USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Jazz are going to "tank" the right way.

They won't win many games this year due to inexperience and one of the league's worst benches. Yet, they'll be watchable due to their youth, upside and progress. 

Fledgling cornerstones like Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Trey Burke, Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward are going to get all the developmental minutes they can handle. Brandon Rush will get to prove whether he can bounce back from injury issues. Rudy Gobert can show he was an NBA draft steal. 

In the process of racking up both losses and growth time, the Jazz will position themselves to pick multiple times in the 2014 NBA draft, one of the most enticing ever. They'll also have some of the most free-agency cap space in the league during an all-time stacked class. 

Growing pains like this are fun because there's so much room to grow. Plus, the not-so-future payoff is going to be worth it on multiple levels. 

NBA Featured Columnist Adam Fromal joins assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes for the latest episode of Basketball by Association.

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We look at the best and the worst of the Jazz offseason, along with the biggest questions heading into 2014. We'll also detail Utah's keys to a successful year while predicting its final position in the standings.


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