It's the Jazz bloggers turn in the CelticsBlog's now annual NBA blogger preview. Catch more at CelticsBlog.
This was written of course before Deron went down with his ankle injury on Saturday. So the win/loss will be affected a bit depending on how long Deron is out. And it was also before learning that Kirilenko will come off the bench. But the rest of the preview will hold true.
The drafting of Kosta Koufos was the continual effort of the Jazz to find a suitable backup center. Koufos was probably the best of what was available at #23. His work ethic has already earned Sloan's praises. He'll push last year's center pick, Kyrylo Fesenko, for playing time. He'll likely start the year out in the D-League.