To rebuild, or not to rebuild? That is the question for the Utah Jazz this season

With a 13-19 record (on pace for a .400 season), the Utah Jazz are stuck in the middle. They can't afford to stay there.

Dec 28, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) shoots against New
Dec 28, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) shoots against New / Matthew Hinton-USA TODAY Sports
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#2 - Make shrewd trades and grow your young guys - Sacramento Kings (2018-2023)

De'Aaron Fox, Domantas Sabonis
Phoenix Suns v Sacramento Kings / Ezra Shaw/GettyImages


The Sacramento Kings were in a perpetual state of mediocrity and badness, from 2006-2018. So it's tougher to gauge their rebuild. For the sake of argument, we will consider it starting during the 2018-19 season, in DeAaron Fox's 2nd year.

That season for Fox (17.3 points, 7.6 assists, 1.6 steals, and much-improved 3-point shooting) was enough to get the ball rolling for the Kings on him as their franchise player.

They went 39-43 that season and resisted the temptation to think their rebuild was done. The only players they kept from that team until now were Fox and Harrison Barnes.

They went 31-41, 31-41, 30-52 over the next 3 seasons while reshaping the roster and moving on from Luke Walton as coach in favor of Mike Brown.

In 2022-23 they made a trade for Domantas Sabonis with Indiana, bringing a 2nd All-Star to their young core, and though they went 9-15 after the trade, the synergy with Fox was there and that translated the following season when they went 48-34, making the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

The Kings now have young talent surrounding Fox and Sabonis, are in 5th in the Western Conference at 17-12 this season, and have several assets that they can use to strengthen their roster into a contending playoff team moving forward.