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Utah Jazz Team Overview

2010-11 record: 39-43

Fourth place, Northwest Division

Did not make the playoffs

DRAFT PICKS:

Round: 1

#12 : Alec Burks

Areas of Strength:
Frontcourt depth. Led by Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, the Jazz have solid pieces to work with up front. They also have youngsters like Derrick Favors and Jeremy Evans, two athletic bigs with loads of potential. A health(ier) Okur solidifies the first unit and offsets some of the potential sting of losing a veteran like Andrei Kirilenko.

Needs Work:
Backcourt depth. Devin Harris put up solid numbers (16 points and 5 assists) after coming over in the Deron Williams deal, but there are still questions about the guys behind him. Both Ronnie Price and Earl Watson could go elsewhere, leaving the Jazz without a clear option behind Harris.

Two Stats That Matter:
21.5
-- Without Williams around to lead the way, Jefferson assumed the role as the No. 1 scoring option for the Jazz. Both his scoring (18.6) and rebounding (from 9.6 to 11) numbers rose after the All-Star break.

.595 -- For a player as active on the boards as Favors has proved to be, he has to shoot much better from the free throw line if he expects to log crunch time minutes.

The Way To Go:
With two picks in the Lottery (No. 3 and No. 12) the Jazz should be able to get what they need in the Draft. The only team in a more advantageous position is Cleveland (No. 1 and No. 4). The Jazz could use the picks to swing a deal for an established talent, but they need to add bodies to their rotation, particularly in the backcourt. They'll have their choice of virtually whatever they need with the 3rd pick and then with the 12th pick they can fill another position of need with a Lottery talent.

2010-11 Team Stats:
Offensive: 104.9 (14th)
Defensive: 107.3 (24th)

Under Contract:
G: Raja Bell
G: Devin Harris
F: Paul Millsap
F: Derrick Favors
F: Gordon Hayward
F: Jeremy Evans
F/C: Mehmet Okur
C: Al Jefferson

Free Agents:
G: Earl Watson (Unrestricted)
G: Ronnie Price (Unrestricted)
F: Andrei Kirilenko (Unrestricted)
F: C.J. Miles (Team Option)
F: Francisco Elson (Unrestricted)
C: Kyrylo Fesenko (Unrestricted)

-- Sekou Smith

Recent Draft History
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
9. Gordon Hayward 20. Eric Maynor 23. Kosta Koufas 25. Morris Almond 14. Ronnie Brewer
55. Jeremy Evans 50. Goran Suon 44. Ante Tomic 55. Herbert Hill 46. Dee Brown
53. Tadija Dragicevic 47. Paul Millsap

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