Bench Mobs: The NBA’s Best Backup Squads
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No. 5: Utah Jazz
Yes, the Jazz have slipped down to the eighth seed in the West and are desperately trying to hold on to that last playoff spot, but if they do manage to make the postseason, it’ll have a lot to do with the efforts of their impressive backup crew. Between Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, they have two incredibly talented big men who have played limited roles behind Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap this season. Still, given the opportunity, both youngsters have broken out with big-time performances. Crafty wing player Gordon Hayward adds to the depth, and guards Jamaal Tinsley and newly-acquired Earl Watson strengthen the Utah backcourt. Also in the mix is Jeremy Evans, the 2012 Slam Dunk champion. Together, they are one of the top five most efficient benches in the league.