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Old 10-27-2013, 09:35 AM   #200
Xiao Yao You
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Default Re: 2013 Fall camp/Pre-Season!


Utah Jazz

2012-13 Record: 43-39

Top Addition: Trey Burke | Biggest Loss: Al Jefferson

Loss of Jefferson was the best thing that happened!

Whether you want to call it “tanking” or “rebuilding with passion and intellect,” the Jazz will likely be among the league’s worst teams this season and it’s at least partially by design. Four of the 2012-13 team’s top-five scorers left this summer -- Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Mo Williams and Randy Foye -- and Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey made no real effort to replace them. Instead, he took on the expiring contracts of Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins to acquire draft assets, and he elected to turn over the bulk of the minutes to a talented, but largely unproven, young core made up of five lottery picks: Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks and Trey Burke. Unfortunately, Burke, the team’s projected starting point guard, was lost for the beginning of the regular season with a finger injury. That’s an ominous start for what figures to be a long and rough road to the 2014 lottery.

The skinny: This year will be labeled a success if Favors, who was recently handed a four-year extension, Hayward and Kanter all show they can be impact starters when given the largest roles of their young careers. A top-three pick in this year’s draft would be pretty great too.
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