Ranking every Utah Jazz player by how impactful they can be this year

Mar 13, 2023; Miami, Florida, USA; Utah Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen (23) throws a pass as Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) defends during the second quarter at Miami-Dade Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 13, 2023; Miami, Florida, USA; Utah Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen (23) throws a pass as Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) defends during the second quarter at Miami-Dade Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 8, 2023; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Ochai Agbaji (30) prepares to shoot against the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2023; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Ochai Agbaji (30) prepares to shoot against the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports /

7. Ochai Agbaji

With Ochai Agbaji, off goes the limitations conversations, and in comes the “just wait” conversations. Agabji played very well as a rookie for the Utah Jazz and is going to get minutes as both a backup guard and small forward.

Going in for Jordan Clarkson and Lauri Markkanen, Agbaji is going to have a real shot to score some points off the bench. And as a natural shooter, especially from three, Agbaji may just come out of nowhere to contend for the Most Improved Player of the Year Award.

And while his scoring is going to help, it’s his defense that should have a lot of us excited. The most dynamic part of his game during the preseason was his playing defense. He was everywhere, and looking every bit as advertised coming out of college.

If he can keep his shot falling at a consistent rate and become the perimeter defender needed to pair with Walker Kessler, Agbaji may not be a bench player for very much longer.