Utah Jazz 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Utah Jazz 2016 Preview
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The Utah Jazz have improved their record the last two seasons and are getting closer and closer to clinching a playoff spot. This club has to like its chances to get over the hump in its third year under coach Quin Snyder.
Can the Jazz make the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12?
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Here is your 2016 Utah Jazz NBA preview.
Key Player Losses: Trey Burke is gone after three seasons in Utah in which he averaged 12.1 points and 4.2 assists. Burke is still a young point guard with upside, but injuries have been an issue and he’s shooting just 38.4 percent from the field. Trevor Booker is out after two seasons in Utah after being a reliable shooter off the bench and consistently providing five rebounds in 20 minutes of play.
Key Player Additions: The Jazz added a trio of veterans in Joe Johnson, George Hill and Boris Diaw. Hill is a consistent knockdown shooter who has made 37.6 percent of his threes for his career, Diaw is one of the best passers in the league with championship experience and Johnson is the old guy who can still drop 30 when he’s feeling good. These pickups add quality depth to the Jazz roster and experience needed if the franchise is serious about making a run once getting into the playoffs. While the three players have a combined age of 99 years old, they do make Utah a better team.
Draft: Joel Bolomboy is a rebounding machine who can play center or forward and could develop into an energy spark off the bench. Tyrone Wallace is a very talented guard who could become a key role player eventually if he improves his outside shot. Marcus Paige is a smart basketball player and a downright gamer who rises when the lights are most bright. There’s a place for Paige in the NBA at some point down the road.
Outlook: The Jazz just missed out on the playoffs last season and managed to bring back all of their key players while adding quality veterans. It would be a disappointment if Utah doesn’t snap its playoff drought this season. The Jazz are well coached, one of the better defensive teams in the league and now has some shotmakers on the outside to open things up. Utah Jazz fans, get your playoff tickets now.