The Utah Jazz—intentionally or not—embraced losing in 2013-14 by sporting the league’s worst defensive rating (109.1 points allowed per 100 possessions) combined with the NBA’s 25th-ranked offensive rating (100.6 points per 100 possessions), per ESPN.
At the very least, Utah has set itself up for favorable draft position this summer, but scouting can’t be management’s only focus.
The Jazz sport an intriguing combination of youth and expiring contracts. The once-proud franchise has plenty of questions to answer, but those promising factors help paint a picture of the future.
Gordon Hayward and head coach Tyrone Corbin will each have their respective deals come off the books this summer. One of those two should be retained at near any cost—the other, not so much.
With youth, cap space and a potential top-five lottery pick on the horizon, Utah should be an NBA team on the rise in the not-too-distant future. That is, if the Jazz make smart decisions during the 2014 offseason.