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Jazz draft picks Hood and Exum. Photo courtesy of deseretnews.com

Jazz draft picks Hood and Exum. Photo courtesy of deseretnews.com

It’s late October and that means that the NBA season is starting up again. The Utah Jazz have high expectations to bounce back from last year and are in hopes of a playoff run this year.

The Jazz play their final preseason game against the Phoenix Suns on Thur. Oct. 24. The regular season tips off on Wed. Oct. 29, against the Houston Rockets at home.

Utah finished the season last year with a record of 25-57, the worst record they have ended with since the 1981-82 season when they earned the same record. The Jazz hope to turn it around this year with new coach Quin Snyder and new players acquired this offseason.

In the 2014 NBA draft, the Jazz selected Dante Exum from Australia with the fifth pick and Rodney Hood from Duke University with pick number 23 in the first round.

The Jazz are strong at the point guard position this year as rookie Dante Exum and sophomore Trey Burke are battling for main point guard responsibilities. Burke has more experience after starting the majority of games last year but Exum brings more size, power and defensive ability.

The decision of who to start at point guard may not come until the season starts, but whoever is decided will take on significant team-leading responsibilities.

Returning to the Jazz is offensive specialist Gordon Hayward, who will take on a large portion of scoring responsibilities.

These players will be under the spotlight at the beginning of the season as the Jazz front office is still looking for adjustments to improve the team from last year.

Tyler Pierce is the Head Sports Editor for the Snowdrift and is attending Snow College as a communications major. Tyler is from West Jordan, UT and graduated from Copper Hills High School in 2014. Tyler played volleyball in high school and loves to follow professional sports, especially the NFL and his favorite team, the New Orleans Saints.

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