Early Predictions for Utah Jazz Starting Lineup Next Season

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Early Predictions for Utah Jazz Starting Lineup Next Season
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Predicting who will start for the Utah Jazz this season may be more difficult than you think.

The young core Utah had in place last season is a year older and more experienced. And logically, Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward, Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors fit together.

But new head coach Quin Snyder isn't into conventional basketball. According to Tony Jones of The Salt Lake TribuneSnyder said:

We don’t want to define positions. We think basketball should be position-less. We want to have great shots each time down the floor. There have been times this week where the ball has moved extremely well. We aren’t perfect, we probably will never be. But I’m pleased with what I’ve seen this week.

The quote came in response to the most common question facing the Jazz during the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas: Can Burke coexist with incoming rookie Dante Exum?

Exum plays the same position as Burke, but because of his size (6'6" with a 6'10" wingspan), he could move over to shooting guard. Or, if we take Snyder at his word, neither will even have a position. As long as they can defend opposing backcourts, it doesn't matter what they're called.

The same can be said of the forwards, bigs, frontcourts, or whatever you call the other three players in "position-less" basketball.

So, trying to predict Utah's starters is about picking the five who'll give the team the best chance to win, without necessarily worrying about specific positions.

Whether the opening-night lineup remains the same throughout the season remains to be seen, but this is likely what it will look like coming out of the gate.

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