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Analysis of the Utah Jazz Roster for the NBA 2020-21 Season

| December 8, 2020 11:43 am PDT
Utah Jazz Roster for the NBA 2020-21 Season

The Utah Jazz were supposed to fight for the Western Conference titles last season, but they were dramatically eliminated by the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

The team will be hoping to improve in the upcoming campaign by keeping a similar group of players together. I share my thoughts and evaluation of the Utah Jazz roster in this post by going through the strengths and weaknesses of the team.

Complete Utah Jazz Roster for 2020-21

Let’s begin with a closer look at the full Jazz roster heading into the 2020-21 NBA season.

Guards

  • Mike Conley
  • Nigel Williams-Goss
  • Trent Forrest
  • Justin Wright-Foreman
  • Donovan Mitchell
  • Jordan Clarkson
  • Miye Oni

Forwards

  • Joe Ingles
  • Elijah Hughes
  • Juwan Morgan
  • Jake Toolson
  • Bojan Bogdanovic
  • Royce O’Neale
  • Georges Niang
  • Jarrell Brantley

Centers

  • Rudy Gobert
  • Derrick Favors
  • Udoka Azubuike
  • Romaro Gill

Some of the players above will be cut so the Jazz can reduce the roster size to the required 15 players. I expect to see a starting lineup of Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Rudy Gobert. The fifth guy will be Joe Ingles at times, but I don’t think he will be a starter every single night.

Jordan Clarkson is the one to lead the bench, and the likes of Derrick Favors, Royce O’Neale, and Georges Niang will be the other key members of the second unit.

Offensive Strengths and Weaknesses

Let’s begin with the Jazz offense that was the problem last year. Donovan Mitchell is the key player here, and he averaged 24 points in the previous season. The shooting guard is only 23 and should only get better in 2020-21.

He’s good enough to be the first option on a contending team, and we saw that clearly in his first three NBA seasons.

The biggest problem is that Mitchell had too much to do on the offensive end. Bojan Bogdanovic did well in the regular season but was injured in the playoffs, while Mike Conley failed to meet the high expectations.

The point guard had a bunch of injuries, and that certainly didn’t help. Conley will have another chance to impress after staying with the Jazz and I believe his performance is the key to success.

If Conley can create enough opportunities for himself and others while staying fairly efficient, the Jazz could improve offensively.

There are some concerns about the bench, but Jordan Clarkson should deliver enough offense, and Joe Ingles might be part of the second unit at times.

Defensive Strengths and Weaknesses

There’s little doubt that the Utah Jazz will heavily rely on their defense to find success. Mike Conley is a strong perimeter defender who can guard the opposition’s backcourt stars, while Rudy Gobert is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year.

He is an expert in protecting the paint and one of the best defenders in the NBA during the regular season. The rest of the starters are solid on that end of the floor too, and the only concerns are about Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles.

Both are a liability on defense, but they make up for that with their production on the other end.

The main problem of the Jazz is related to the playoffs. We saw how the Denver Nuggets exploited Gobert by forcing him to guard the perimeter. He’s usually solid at this, but the best teams have the means to drag him out of his comfort zone.

Can This Jazz Roster Fight for the Title?

After analyzing the Jazz roster for the 2020-21 NBA season, it’s time to answer the big question if the franchise is ready to challenge for the Championship.

I love Donovan Mitchell, and I believe that he can lead a team to the title. But I don’t think it will be this one. Even if Mike Conley improves and the other key players stay healthy, I believe that the Jazz is a step behind the league’s best.

The Lakers and the Clippers should be better, the Nuggets and the Mavericks are probably slightly stronger, and there are a couple of teams on the East that could be a problem.

The Jazz might be able to eliminate one opponent that’s better than them, but beating two or three is not a plausible scenario.

Do you agree with my assessment of the Jazz roster, or do you believe I’ve missed something important? Let me know in the comments below.

Also, feel free to check out the following posts on other NBA teams.

Jerry Summer
Jerry Summer

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