James Herbert of CBS Sports looked at seven teams that could have breakout seasons in 2016-17, and the Utah Jazz is the first team he listed.
“This team should be a powerhouse,” he writes. “Most opponents will not have the big men to deal with a frontcourt duo like Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert. Most will not have two top-notch perimeter defenders to match up with Gordon Hayward and Rodney Hood, either. George Hill is the perfect low-maintenance, defense-first, floor-spacing point guard for this group, and Utah’s bench depth means that few teams will be as versatile on both ends. Imagine if Dante Exum has a breakout season.”