Best Case Scenario: Backup Center, Spot Starter
Worst Case Scenario: Backup Center, Spot Starter
For all the questions on this team at other positions, the center position is the easiest to predict. The Jazz’s center situation is arguably the best in the league.
One of the marks of a real contender is when backup players would be legit starters for other teams in the league. Instead of starting elsewhere, Ed Davis will back up Rudy Gobert every night. If Rudy ever sits with injury or load management, Davis will step in and bring high level center play. It’s a massive luxury.
Davis also allows the Jazz to play a more fluid style. Because he and Gobert are players of a similar mold, whether Gobert or Davis is on the floor, the other players on the team will have less to worry about in terms of style changes on offense and defense.
And because of all the high level talent, the style will also be more simplistic. This bodes well long term but also means if the Jazz make a trade mid season, the incoming player will have an easy time acclimating.
Justin Zanik, along with Dennis Lindsey, will get consideration for Executive of the Year for picking up Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic. A move like getting Ed Davis should make it a lock.
Best Case Scenario: 3pt shooting champion (I don’t know if this is what it’s called I just needed a name for the player with the best 3pt percentage)
Worst Case Scenario: High Level Role Player
For those that aren’t familiar with the Jazz last season, every time someone on the starting unit shot the ball, outside of Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles, it was a bit of an adventure. Bogdanovic will shore that up immediately.
And Bogdanovic isn’t just a shooter. He can put the ball on the floor and is a decent passer. That ability to move the ball and shoot at a high level is a big part of why Utah’s offense is going to make a massive leap next season. Also, when you consider how many open shots the Jazz created last year and the plethora of misses, there’s a chance Utah shocks people with how good they will be. And it looks like it’s happening quicker than we thought. In training camp Rudy Gobert is showing why he makes everyone on the floor a better player.
Asked how quickly he and his new teammates could used to each other, Rudy Gobert said: “Apparently pretty quick. Bojan threw me a lob on the first play.” pic.twitter.com/zgCCk6ENoM— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) October 1, 2019
Imagine facing a team that has no one shooting below 36% from three on the offensive end, with at least two shooting 40%+, and on the other end the Stifle Tower. It’s unfair.
Best Case Scenario: First-time All Star
Worst Case Scenario: High level starter
Mike Conley was easily one of the most underrated signings of the offseason. Last season things got rough at the point guard position.
In just pure handling of the offense, the Jazz will be vastly better. Conley is one of the best in the league protecting the ball. According to Basketball Reference Conley turned the ball over 1.7 times per game the last two seasons. Ricky Rubio? 3.2 and 3.0.
On top of that you’ll see Conley give the Jazz the thing they most needed from his position: shooting and better playmaking. Conley was better in almost every category on the floor and at an efficient level. Gone are the days of leaving the Utah Jazz point guard all alone.
Things are also looking to gel quickly for Conley and the team (this shouldn’t be surprising considering how rock solid his game is.)
Mike Conley, on the benefits of playing with Rudy Gobert: “He’s a big, big dude, man. The screens he sets, and what he opens up with his ability to roll — I’ve probably thrown more lobs in the last two days than I have in a long time.” pic.twitter.com/9iraL8GM9t— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) October 2, 2019
Adding Conley gives the Jazz a higher ceiling than they’ve had since the Stockton and Malone days. If they’re able to win 60 games, he might get that first all-star nod.