5. The Jazz made numerous high-quality acquisitions
Although the Utah Jazz did not land any of the superstar free agents on the market, they arguably had the busiest and most productive summer of any team in the league.
The team acquired Mike Conley via trade with the Grizzlies, and Bojan Bogdanovic, Ed Davis, Jeff Green, and Emmanuel Mudiay through free agency, significantly bolstering their starting lineup and bench.
They also signed promising rookies to fill out their roster and given the team’s prior success with developing young players, it’s exciting to see what this year’s class can turn into down the road.
Conley provides a significant improvement in both shooting efficiency and scoring over Ricky Rubio, while supplying the team with equivalent passing ability. Conley also gives the team veteran leadership and playoff experience that Utah previously lacked.
Bogdanovic was among the top three-point shooters last season, and his presence gives this Utah team elite floor spacing and shooting prowess one through four in their starting lineup.
Off the bench, Mudiay and Green, while not the most consistent of players, are each capable of having excellent scoring outings, which is particularly valuable when the starters are having an off night.
Finally, and perhaps the most underrated, is the acquisition of Davis, who provides the Jazz with a viable and productive bench center, which the team lacked last season. Davis is an elite rebounder and while he typically plays limited minutes, his energy is infectious.