Predicting the Utah Jazz’s Starting Five for Next Season

Predicting the Utah Jazz's Starting Five for Next Season

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The Utah Jazz had another disappointing season in 2013-14, winning just 25 games. This offseason, Utah has an opportunity to completely revamp its team. The Jazz have a high lottery pick and a ton of cap room. They will also be hiring a new head coach. With many changes on the way, here is a look at how Utah's starting lineup could look for the 2014-15 season.

5. Center - Enes Kanter

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5. Center - Enes Kanter

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Enes Kanter showed noticeable improvement from his second to third NBA season. The 22 year-old center averaged 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during the 2013-14 season, both career highs. After starting just 37 games last year, the Jazz will look for Kanter to assume a full-time starting role in 2014-15.

4. Power Forward - Derrick Favors

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4. Power Forward - Derrick Favors

Derrick Favors Utah Jazz
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Utah made a long-term investment in Derrick Favors at the start of last season, signing him to a four-year extension. Like Kanter, Favors improved upon his numbers and became a more reliable player for Utah. He averaged 13.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in 2013-14. The Jazz needs Favors to continue to improve his game, particularly on the offensive end, in order to warrant his extension.

3. Small Forward - Jabari Parker

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3. Small Forward - Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker Utah Jazz
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The Jazz holds the fifth pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. However, watch for Utah to trade up into the top-three spots to draft Jabari Parker. Parker is widely regarded as the most polished offensive player in the draft. He would be an instant star in Utah and one of the team's best players. A possible trade package to land Parker could include the fifth pick, a future first-rounder and Alec Burks.

2. Shooting Guard - Evan Turner

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2. Shooting Guard - Evan Turner

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Gordon Hayward is a restricted free agent and is likely to command big money offers from other teams. If Hayward's price becomes too steep, look for the Jazz to turn to free agency to land a versatile player to replace him. One option is Evan Turner. Turner was having a career-year with Philadelphia before being traded to Indiana and falling out of their rotation. Turner is still young and could help the Jazz.

1. Point Guard - Trey Burke

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1. Point Guard - Trey Burke

Trey Burke Utah Jazz
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Trey Burke had a strong rookie season, finishing third in Rookie of the Year voting. Burke showed a strong all-around game in his first year, but will need to continue to become more efficient as a scorer. If he can add a more consistent outside shot during the offseason, his game will go to the next level. As the talent around him improves, so will Burke's play.

 

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