The Jazz had one of the quieter offseasons in comparison to other teams in the league. But despite their lack of big moves, Danny Ainge has assembled quite a young and competitive roster in Utah.
With depth in both the backcourt and frontcourt next season, the Jazz have the potential to put one of the most versatile lineups on the floor.
The Jazz could have one of the most versatile lineups next season
The team added a high-flying forward in John Collins through a trade with the Atlanta Hawks and signed former Miami Heat big man Omer Yurtseven to a multi-year deal. Outside of these two additions, the Jazz seemingly elected to run it back with their young core, who arguably overachieved last season. The team brought back a few familiar faces in Jordan Clarkson and Talen Horton-Tucker, who could have left the team this offseason.
Now, with a full season under rookie head coach Will Hardy’s belt, the Jazz have added more talent and are looking to make a push for the postseason next year. Utah is in a position to put together one of the most dangerous lineups on the court next season with their depth and cause nightmares for opposing defenses.
The Jazz could potentially throw together a starting lineup of Collin Sexton, Jordan Clarkson, Lauri Markkanen, John Collins, and Walker Kessler to start the season. Not only does that lineup have the potential to be lethal, but with multiple options on their bench, including their top selection, Taylor Hendricks, to add even more length and shooting, Hardy and his staff will have a number of lineup options to choose from.
With Lauri Markkanen being able to play more minutes at the small forward position and allowing Collins and Hendricks to interchange playing alongside Kessler, the Jazz could improve drastically on both offense and defense. The potential length and two-way approach of Utah’s lineup could be what keeps the team in games next season, and perhaps that’s exactly why Ainge and Hardy constructed the roster the way they did.