The Utah Jazz are one of the biggest dark horses in the Western Conference. Then again, it seems like they just don’t get the credit and respect they deserve even though they’ve been a perennial contender and a tough team to be on their court.
Donovan Mitchell continues to break out as a superstar and Rudy Gobert is perhaps the best rim protector we’ve seen in decades. Then again, it still feels like they need another star if they want to get over the hump in the stacked west.
The Jazz are still young and up-and-coming. They’ll only get better with time and coach Quin Snyder has done an outstanding job during his time in charge. Today, we’re going to let you know about their projected starting lineup for the 2020-21 season.
Bench: Nigel Williams-Goss, Trent Forrest, Justin Wright-Foreman, Shaquille Harrison, Jordan Clarkson, Miye Oni, Elijah Hughes, Juwan Morgan, Jake Toolson, Royce O’Neale, Georges Niang, Jarrell Brantley, Derrick Favors, Udoka Azubuike, Romaro Gill
Point Guard: Mike Conley
Mike Conley was one of the most disappointing players in the NBA last season. He looked lost from time to time and was far from the dominant defender he was during his days with the Memphis Grizzlies, up to the point where some people thought he was done in the league.
Conley then came back to his former self during the bubble. He was making plays on both ends of the floor, knocking down three-pointers at a high rate, and setting his teammates up where and when they needed him. Hopefully, the Jazz will get that version of Mike Conley in 2021.
Shooting Guard: Donovan Mitchell
If people needed further proof that Donovan Mitchell is the real deal, then he made sure to showcase his entire skillset in the bubble, especially in the playoffs. Of course, he would change those 50-point games for a trip to the second round in the blink of an eye.
The Jazz’ meltdown vs. the Denver Nuggets was pretty heartbreaking and Mitchell vowed to come back stronger than ever. He’s coming off signing a huge contract extension that will keep him in the mountains for a very long time and now has to prove that he has what it takes to lead the team.
Small Forward: Joe Ingles
I can’t stretch this enough but Joe Ingles is one of the most underrated players in the league. There’s literally nothing he can do. He’s one of the best defenders on the team, he can knock down shots from all three levels and can guard and play multiple positions.
When Conley struggled, Ingles was actually the Jazz’s best playmaker. He can run the point, spot-up, drive, pull-up from deep, and he can get stops like the best of them. His numbers just don’t resemble how much of an impact he’s made for this team.
Power Forward: Bojan Bogdanovic
Chances are that the Utah Jazz would have beaten the Denver Nuggets in the playoffs if they had a healthy Bojan Bogdanovic. While he took away Joe Ingles’ rhythm earlier in the year, Bogdanovic played a huge role in their success in the regular season.
Bojan Bogdanovic is one of the best three-point shooters in the league and it’s not even close. The Jazz need him out there knocking down shots, and his length and size advantage provides them with a lot of versatility. Also, his defense improved a lot last season.
Center: Rudy Gobert
Well, Rudy Gobert is one of those players who don’t need an introduction anymore. He’s made a name for himself for being a perennial frontrunner to take home the Defensive Player of the Year award and has made great strides as a scorer as well.
Gobert continues to improve on every single aspect of his game as the years go by. There are rumors about his desire to leave as he doesn’t get along with Donovan Mitchell, but the Jazz know that having him in the paint gives them a huge shot to dominate.