Trade update I: Jazz acquire No. 9 pick Trey Burke from Minnesota in exchange for No. 14 pick Shabazz Muhammad and No. 21 pick Gorgui Dieng.
Trade update II: Jazz acquire No. 27 pick Rudy Gobert from Denver Nuggets in exchange for No. 46 pick Erick Green (and cash)
Trade update III: Jazz acquire No. 47 pick Raul Neto from Atlanta Hawks in exchange for 2015 second-round pick
Areas of Strength
The Jazz much-talked about frontcourt is overloaded with veteran and young talent and it's been a constant source of vexation for a franchise that will likely loose Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap or both in free agency and turn more heavily to a youth movement of Derrick Favors and Enes Kantner. Gordon Hayward made significant progress in Year 3 as a sixth man scorer who hit 41.5 percent of his 3-point attempts.
The backcourt must be major focus. Mo Williams and Randy Foye will both be free agents (as will Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley). The team continues to seek clarity at point guard since abruptly dealing Deron Williams to the Nets during the 2011-12 season in the aftermath of the blowup with coach Jerry Sloan that led his stunning resignation.
Two Stats That Matter
13-28 -- The Jazz were one of six teams in the West to win at least 30 home games (30-11). The other five finished in the top five of the conference standings. They were also one of six teams in the West to win fewer than 13 road games. The other five finished in the bottom five of the conference.
98.0 -- Only one team in the West made the playoffs while averaging less than 100 ppg. That was Memphis, which allowed a league-best 89.3 ppg.
The Way To Go
The Jazz have two first-round picks at No. 14 and No. 21 (from Golden State via Brooklyn) to add to a youth movement that includes Favors, Kanter, Hayward and Alec Burks. Utah has a large amount of cap space considering Jefferson, Millsap and Mo Williams all come off the books totaling $32 million, as well as having trade and sign-and-trade potential.
2012-13 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 103.6 (12th)
Defensive: 104.3 (21st)
F: Marvin Williams (early termination)
F/C: Derrick Favors
C: Enes Kanter
G/F: Gordon Hayward
G: Alec Burks
F: Jeremy Evans
G: Kevin Murphy (non-guaranteed)
C: Al Jefferson
F: Paul Millsap
F: DeMarre Carroll
G: Mo Williams
G: Randy Foye
G: Earl Watson
G: Jamaal Tinsley
G: Raja Bell
G: Jerel McNeal
Recent Draft History
2012: Kevin Murphy (47)
2011: Enes Kanter (3), Alec Burks (12)
2010: Gordon Hayward (9), Jeremy Evans (55)
2009: Eric Maynor (20), Goran Suton (50)
2008: Kosta Koufos (23), Ante Tomic (44), Tadija Dragicevic (53)
2007: Morris Almond (25), Herbert Hill (55)
2006: Ronnie Brewer (14), Dee Brown (46), Paul Millsap (47)
-- Jeff Caplan