Several Jazz fans have repeatedly voiced the opinion that the Jazz will never have a chance of winning the NBA title without an "all-star" player.
The problem with procuring an all-star player is that not too many teams foolishly trade away all-stars or potential all-stars, without getting similar value in return--like OKC did with James Harden a few years ago.
In addition, not too many all-stars sign with different teams in free agency, such as LeBron James did a couple of years ago and Kevin Durant did last summer. And, even if an all-star decides to switch teams in free agency, the Utah Jazz is usually not a preferred free agent destination.
Finally, the most likely way for a small market team to get an all-star is through the NBA draft--but at this point in time, the Jazz team is too good to "earn" picks in the lottery range of the NBA draft (and therefore, has less of a chance to select a future all-star in the draft without some unusually good luck).
To realistically assess whether the Jazz could potentially procure an all-star at this point in time, I looked through the rosters of all 30 NBA teams, and came up with a list of 60 current NBA stars or potential stars, as set forth below (in the order I would currently rank them, using my own arbitrary criteria, which includes how well I believe they would fit into the current Jazz team).
The Jazz may already have some all-stars or potential all-stars on its team, whereas on my list, the Jazz have players #16 (Rudy Gobert), #24 (Gordon Hayward), #42 (George Hill), #49 (Derrick Favors) and #50 (Trey Lyles).
Also, if the Jazz doesn't believe any of its current players are or will become all-stars, perhaps the Jazz could package some of its players (along with future draft picks, if necessary) for a player who the Jazz believe is an all-star or will become an all-star.
The star NBA players who may be available in free agency next summer (unless they don't opt out; unless they are traded away first to a team that would re-sign them; or unless they are given an extension or re-signed by their current team) are #5 Kevin Durant, #9 Stephen Curry, #10 Chris Paul, #19 Blake Griffin, #24 Gordon Hayward, #30 Kyle Lowry, #38 Paul Millsap, #40 Andre Iguodala, #42 George Hill, #52 Dwayne Wade, #53 Danilo Gallinari, #54 Otto Porter (restricted) and #55 Rudy Gay.
The star players who will not be free agents next summer, but who I believe may be available for the right trade pieces are #13 DeMarcus Cousins, #20 John Wall, #21 Paul George, #22 Carmelo Anthony, #39 Goran Dragic, #41 Kevin Love, #47 Jaylen Brown and #57 Brook Lopez.
Which star players on that list, if any, do you like better than our current Jazz players, and which of those players do you think the Jazz would have a realistic chance of signing in free agency or of obtaining in a trade?
Also, if the Jazz aren’t able to retain Gordon Hayward and/or George Hill (as the Jazz's own free agents), which free agents, if any, do you believe might be good replacements for them?
Current NBA Star Player List
2-Giannis Antetokounmpo 3-Russell Westbrook 4-James Harden 5-Kevin Durant (can opt out to be free agent) 6-Anthony Davis 7-Karl-Anthony Towns 8-Kawhi Leonard 9-Stephen Curry (free agent) 10-Chris Paul (can opt out to be free agent) -- 11-Damian Lillard 12-Klay Thompson 13-DeMarcus Cousins 14-Kristaps Porzingis 15-Kyrie Irving 16-Rudy Gobert 17-Joel Embiid 18-Jimmy Butler 19-Blake Griffin (can opt out to be free agent) 20-John Wall - 21-Paul George 22-Carmelo Anthony 23-DeMar DeRozan 24-Gordon Hayward (can opt out to be free agent) 25-DeAndre Jordan 26-Myles Turner 27-Ben Simmons 28-Hassan Whiteside 29-Draymond Green 30-Kyle Lowry (free agent) - 31-LaMarcus Aldridge 32-Marc Gasol 33-Andre Drummond 34-Andrew Wiggins 35-Zach LaVine 36-Al Horford 37-Isaiah Thomas 38-Paul Milsap (can opt out to be free agent) 39-Goran Dragic 40-Andre Iguodala (free agent) - 41-Kevin Love 42-George Hill (free agent) 43-C.J. McCollum 44-Jabari Parker 45-Kemba Walker 46-Nikolas Batum 47-Jaylen Brown 48-Brandon Ingram 49-Derrick Favors (would be a lot higher on this list if not for recent injuries) 50-Trey Lyles - 51-Marquese Chris 52-Dwayne Wade (can opt out to be free agent) 53-Danilo Gallinari (can opt out to be free agent) 54-Otto Porter, Jr. (restricted free agent) 55-Rudy Gay (can opt out to be free agent) 56-Devin Booker 57-Brook Lopez 58-D’Angelo Russell 59-Steven Adams 60-Tony Parker
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