Utah isn’t at the cream of the crop of the West, but they are going to be a pesky team for any of the elite teams in the Western Conference. We haven’t seen a major upset in the playoffs for a while, but the Jazz have played the top teams tough this season. Donovan Mitchell is now in his second season, and the front court is looking very stout with Derrick Favors rounding into form. The scoring might be hit or miss at times, but the Jazz should be able to push a team deep into a series.
Will The Second Unit Keep It Up?
Jae Crowder has been an excellent addition off the bench, and adding Kyle Korver gave them a three point threat. Utah has balanced the point guard role with Mitchell at times with the second unit, but the injuries to Dante Exum has dropped this unit down a bit. Adding another play maker or big off the bench would have been a nice addition to the bench that will desperately needed at times in the postseason. This should be an area they address over the offseason, or put more of a focus on next year at the deadline if they are in the playoff hunt.
Is There Enough Depth For The Point Guard Injuries?
Ricky Rubio has been mostly durable with his time in Utah, but Dante Exum has not. With them missing occasional time, and sometimes at the same time, we have to wonder if they can get by. Royce O’Neal jumps into the starting lineup when Rubio is missing time, while Donovan Mitchell moves over to the point. The future point guard is not on the roster, which is fine, but the injuries racking up put them in a tough spot. At any moment the Jazz could be very thin in the backcourt, and sorry, Grayson Allen isn’t the answer.