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Eric Freeman of Yahoo Sports’ Ball Don’t Lie took a look at the outlook for the Utah Jazz heading into the 2016-17 season.

“All the pieces are in place for a very successful year. The Jazz followed up a strong final few months of 2014-15 with a 40-42 campaign, their best finish since winning 43 games in 2012-13 (another non-playoff year),” writes Freeman.

After talking about the injury problems that plagued the Jazz last season, he continued, “The good news is that a lot went right. When Favors and Gobert did team up, they served as one of the league’s top interior tandems, giving Utah a very good chance of dominating the paint on any night.”

Freeman then brings back expectations a bit, saying, “This group is still well off the upper echelon of the Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers, but they could finish fourth or fifth if a few factors go their way.”

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