The Utah Jazz aren't going to be very good, but at least they're going to be entertaining. Wildly entertaining even, assuming you enjoy watching young players who could go off at any minute.
During Las Vegas Summer League, the Jazz have been giving heavy minutes to four players who look likely to receive substantial playing time during the regular season—Trey Burke, Dante Exum, Rodney Hood and Rudy Gobert.
And every one of them is going to be worth watching.
Burke didn't have a particularly impressive rookie season in Salt Lake City, but he's still brimming over with offensive potential. He was a floor general in the truest sense of the positional moniker during his time at Michigan, invoking legitimate comparisons to Chris Paul (a poor man's version, but still a version).
He hasn't found his shot in Vegas, but the confidence and desire are clearly there.
As for Exum, the Australian rookie is clearly going to require a lot of development. He's quite raw, but every once in a while, he makes you realize exactly why he was thought so highly of heading into the 2014 NBA draft. Of course, he's averaging just 7.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
"With [Exum], he has so many expectations and so much pressure, I try to relieve some of it. He's got so much potential, I'm just going to have to be that leader and continue to mentor him and get him going," explained Burke, via USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt.
However, that's not it.
Rodney Hood has been quite spectacular, averaging 13.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 42.1 percent from the field, 35.7 percent beyond the arc and 90.0 percent at the charity stripe. He, even after a disappointing final game against the Portland Trail Blazers, might make more of an impact than Exum as a rookie.
Plus, how can we forget about Rudy Gobert?
His mile-long arms would reach over and slap us if we did. The second-year big man has boatloads of potential, and he's already terrorizing shooters who dare enter the paint, rejecting 2.5 blocks per contest. Only Cole Aldrich (just one game played) and Justin Hamilton have averaged more shots blocked.
Utah will lose plenty of games in 2014-15, but at least the young guns will get run and show glimpses of why they're so highly regarded, if only in spurts.