Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert are two of the more interesting franchise players in the league. They are stars for their own teams but it’s not clear if they can be superstars in the league.
The new NBA season is their chance to prove that they are in the same level as other All-Stars and leading the Jazz to the postseason will validate their status in the league.
Utah Jazz 2016-2017 Depth Chart
Point Guards: George Hill, Dante Exum, Raul Neto, Shelvin Mack
Shooting Guards: Rodney Hood, Joe Johnson, Alec Burks, Joe Ingles
Small Forwards: Gordon Hayward, Chris Johnson
Power Forwards: Derrick Favors, Trey Lyles, Boris Diaw
Centers: Rudy Gobert, Jeff Withey, Henry Sims
Hayward led the team in scoring last season scoring 19.7 points per game but he is a versatile forward that can help in the rebounding (5.0 rebounds) and running the team (3.7 assists).
Meanwhile, Favors is an athletic big man who averaged 16.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He forms a powerful defensive frontcourt with Gobert, who is known for his shot blocking. The French center averaged 9.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.2 shot blocks per game last year.
The biggest change in the Jazz’s line-up this new season is the arrival of veterans George Hill and Joe Johnson. Hill will get the starting point guard job while Johnson will be the primary wingman off the bench for the Jazz. Both will provide stability to the team given their NBA experience.
Utah Jazz 2016-2017 Prediction: Barring any major injuries, the Jazz will play above the expectations of being a playoff team in the West. They will end up in 5th place or even battle for a first round homecourt advantage for the NBA Playoffs.
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