Utah Jazz Begin a Promising 2016-2017 Season

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The Utah Jazz have been struggling to win for the last five seasons, but they are looking to turn it around this season.

It has seemed like an endless loop “oh next year is our year” ever since the Deron Williams era in 2011, but this season has some real substance behind it. The Jazz made several off season moves that greatly improve their team. They added three players via trade and free agent signings, George Hill, Joe Johnson, and Boris Diaw.

Last season, the Jazz relied heavily on rookie point guard Raul Neto and who many considered as a defensive liability Trey Burke. Their point guard rotation graded out as the worst in the NBA. This season, however, they traded their 12th pick in the 2016 draft for 30-year-old George Hill from Indiana, who, two years ago, averaged 16 points and five rebounds per game. Along with this addition, they also get Dante Exum back from injury, who tore his ACL, and missed all of last season.

This Jazz team was the youngest in the league last year, and had almost no playoff experience. Joe Johnson and Boris Diaw both bring veteran leadership and a lifetime of playoff experience between the two. Joe Johnson is a five-time all-star, and has played in 33 playoff games with Atlanta, Phoenix, and Boston. Boris Diaw has played in 108(!) playoff games, the majority of them coming as a member of the San Antonio Spurs, where he also received a championship ring.

With these new additions, and the development of a young core, including Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood, and Rudy Gobert; the Jazz have a great mix of young skill and veteran leadership which fans hope will lead to a playoff berth.

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