|2009-10 Team Rating|
|8th Overall||11th Overall|
2009-10 Season Stats
Carlos Boozer is gone, but Paul Millsap remains and Al Jefferson arrives. Concerns are Mehmet Okur and Andrei Kirilenko staying healthy.
Despite the stacked competition, Deron Williams may be the league's best point guard. C.J. Miles took a step forward in the playoffs, while vet Raja Bell enters the equation.
Solid showings last season in points allowed and field-goal percentage. Jefferson should help rebounding and Bell is a dogged perimeter defender.
Took a hit with losses of Wesley Matthews and Kyle Korver. Kosta Koufos was traded and Kyrylo Fesenko's situation is unresolved. Lottery pick Gordon Hayward steps in.
Just having Jerry Sloan on the bench promotes stability, even if the roster is in flux. Major challenge is pushing Jefferson, who has All-Star talent.
Made the best of losing former franchise cornerstone Boozer by trading for Jefferson. Bringing on board a 20-10 bruiser hungry for the chance to win should lead to a big payoff for both Jefferson and the Jazz. Bringing back Bell makes sense on the court and inside the locker room.
Money continues to be tight, as the front office maneuvers within luxury-tax territory. The team couldn't afford to keep Matthews, who signed a $33 million deal with Portland after his rookie season. Korver also bolted, joining former Utah teammates Boozer and Ronnie Brewer in Chicago.
Whether or not the Jazz have enough to seriously contend in the Western Conference is uncertain. What's crystal clear is contending for a title is Williams' only priority, and keeping the All-Star playmaker satisfied is an ongoing concern in Salt Lake City. D-Will has two years left on his contract before he can opt-out.
-- Art Garcia
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||D+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||C|
|Los Angeles Lakers||A|
|New Jersey Nets||B|
|New Orleans Hornets||C|
|New York Knicks||B|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B|
|San Antonio Spurs||B+|