3 things that need to happen for the Utah Jazz to win an NBA title

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The Utah Jazz must enjoy versatile play

If there’s anything that last season showed Utah Jazz fans, it’s that the team is going to have to be more versatile. While the narrative that Rudy Gobert was “played off the court” versus the Clippers has been overblown, there is some truth to it. Gobert averaged 12.5 points and 11.7 rebounds in the six games against the Clippers. While these are solid stats, All-NBA level players are typically expected to produce at a higher rate.

Going into the 2021-22 season, we know Gobert will do everything he can to improve. We can already tell by the results from his summer training that he will be in top shape. However, there is only so much that he can do. When the Jazz face teams like the Warriors and Clippers that like to run “small ball” lineups, it would be ideal for Utah to be able to counter with a small ball lineup of its own.

This simply wasn’t possible last season.

The Jazz didn’t have players with the size or skill set to be able to display much versatility. But now with the additions of Rudy Gay and Eric Paschall, that looks a lot more plausible. For Utah to reach and then win the NBA Finals, these two players will have to show just how versatile of a skill set they each possess. They’ll need to be efficient playing from the wing as well as holding down the middle when need be.