The Jazz stacked their roster, they got extremely better and they will be a serious problem.
In addition to trading Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver, Jae Crowder, the No. 23 pick in the NBA Draft and a future first round pick to the Grizzlies for Mike Conley, they signed Bojan Bogdanovic (four-years, $73 million), Ed Davis (two-years, $10 million), Jeff Green (one-year, $2.5 million) and Emmanuel Mudiay (one-year). Here’s their updated depth chart:
Utah Jazz Roster & Starting Lineup
*Notates expected starter
C: Rudy Gobert*, Ed Davis, Tony Bradley
PF: Bojan Bogdanovic*, Georges Niang, Jarrell Brantley (rookie)
SF: Joe Ingles*, Jeff Green, Royce O’Neale
SG: Donovan Mitchell*, Miye Oni (rookie)
PG: Mike Conley*, Dante Exum, Emmanuel Mudiay, Justin Wright-Foreman (rookie)
With Conley, the Jazz have a top-tier point guard they have pursued for a year to pair with their rising star Donovan Mitchell.
Conley is a significant upgrade at point guard for the Jazz, he will complement Mitchell and take the team to another level, filling a huge need on offense. He’s also a perfect fit on defense, making the Jazz a dominant team at both ends of the court.
A defense led by Rudy Gobert (plus-5.1 Defensive Box Plus/Minus last season) with Mike Conley (plus-4.8 Offensive Box Plus/Minus last season) and Donovan Mitchell (plus-0.8 Offensive Box Plus/Minus last season) carrying the offense makes them a team to watch in the Western Conference.
Bojan Bogdanovic is a great offensive player, he can do more than just shoot. With Conley, Mitchell, Bogdanovic and Ingles the Jazz now have four players that can create their own shot and also drive the ball and they have a dominant center.
The Jazz took the most catch and shoot 3-pointers in the NBA last season. Here’s how their current roster did on catch and shoot 3-pointers:
Ed Davis is a quality big off the bench that will bring much needed depth to their frontcourt and this is what Dwyane Wade had to say about Jeff Green:
“I do NOT understand how and why Jeff Green keep signing these 1 year deals for the minimum. This is now 3 years in a row. He’s never injured, He’s never been a problem in the locker room, He’s athletic, he can shoot the 3, he can guard multiple positions and he’s not old.”
Emmanuel Mudiay is a solid signing as well, if he works hard and plays with a chip on his shoulder, his development can continue an upward trajectory with head coach Quin Snyder and Mike Conley helping him. The Jazz are a great fit for him.
Odds to Win the 2019-20 NBA Championship
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Los Angeles Lakers +175
Milwaukee Bucks +650
Toronto Raptors +850
Philadelphia 76ers +900
Golden State Warriors +1250
Houston Rockets +1250
Utah Jazz +1350
Denver Nuggets +1750
Los Angeles Clippers +1750
Brooklyn Nets +2500
Portland Trail Blazers +2750
New Orleans Pelicans +3300
Oklahoma City Thunder +3500
Boston Celtics +3750
Dallas Mavericks +5250
Indiana Pacers +6000
San Antonio Spurs +6000
Orlando Magic +10000
Sacramento Kings +10000
New York Knicks +15000
Atlanta Hawks +15000
Chicago Bulls +15000
Miami Heat +15000
Minnesota Timberwolves +20000
Phoenix Suns +20000
Washington Wizards +20000
Memphis Grizzlies +25000
Detroit Pistons +30000
Cleveland Cavaliers +50000
Charlotte Hornets +50000