Utah Jazz: Updating the Depth Chart Following the Draft
The Utah Jazz had one of the more exciting drafts of any NBA team. They selected the ultimate unknown in Australian prospect Dante Exum, and they also added an extremely talented Rodney Hood out of Duke. The Jazz have quickly become a team absolutely loaded with raw talent, that if properly harnessed, could turn into something special.
1. Trey Burke
2. John Lucas III
3. Diante Garrett (Team Option)
Trey Burke is a very talented young point guard and has demonstrated he wants to be viewed as a leader. Assuming he can improve his offensive efficiency, he could turn into a top 10 point guard down the line. Beyond Burke on the depth chart are two very borderline NBA players, and that’s putting it nicely. Dante Exum should see some minutes running the point in relief of Burke.
1. Alec Burks
2. Dante Exum
3. Ian Clark (Team Option)
Burks has all the tools to be a consistent 20-plus points per night guy in the NBA. There is no doubting his role on this team. The Jazz need him to score, and he should be able to deliver. The selection of Exum is an intriguing one, and I still think it's a bit overhyped. It will be interesting to see what Exum can do against players who have fully exited puberty.
1. Gordon Hayward (Restricted)
2. Rodney Hood
I think the Jazz will re-sign Hayward and make him their long-term answer at the three spot. There is no reason to let him get away when he fits in nicely with this roster. Rodney Hood is definitely capable of becoming a very good NBA player. He has enough versatility to stretch between SG and SF and can offer some immediate relief at either of those spots.
1. Derrick Favors
2. Jeremy Evans
3. Malcolm Thomas
4. Erik Murphy
The Jazz essentially mortgaged their future at this position on Favors when they let Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson walk last summer. He finally began to fulfill the promise that made him the third overall pick in 2010. If he can improve his mid-range game, he could become a perennial All-Star. Evans offers fantastic energy off the bench and fills a huge role for this team.
1. Enes Kanter
2. Rudy Gobert
The Jazz have amazing size at the center position, but both Kanter and Gobert are incredibly raw. I still think you will see Gobert take over the top spot on the depth chart by the end of next season due to how much of a defensive liability Kanter is. If Gobert can amount to any sort of offensive threat, Kanter could be off the team by this time next year.