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Utah Jazz Considered "Biggest Threat" To Lakers And Clippers This Season

(via Forbes)

(via Forbes)

The Western Conference is no longer dominated by the Golden State Warriors. In the NBA's new duo-ruled league, several teams have been given a chance to win it all -- with the Lakers and Clippers being the favorites.

But which team is really going to be L.A.'s biggest challenger? Among a number of candidates out West, it seems the community, and some within the league itself, believe the Utah Jazz could be their most likely challenger.

(via Sean Deveney of Heavy)

“The Lakers and Clippers are battling within Southern California, but both expect to be Finals contenders. The Rockets made the headline-grabbing acquisition of Russell Westbrook and having two former MVPs in the backcourt will keep Houston under pressure to win now. Utah, meanwhile, had an outstanding offseason that makes the Jazz the most likely challenger to the L.A. teams. And two teams that were solid last season and should develop more this year, Portland and Denver, are also expecting to be contenders in the West.”

After suffering an early playoff exit last year, the Jazz are hoping to finally get over the hump behind the acquisitions of Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic, Ed Davis, Jeff Green, and Emmanuel Mudiay.

Of course, they can only go as far as Donovan Mitchell takes them, and his development will be a huge factor for this team going forward.

But if they really want to be considered in the same class as some of these other elites, they will have to get all of their ducks in a row before the postseason. The Jazz are well overdue for a long playoff run.