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Utah Jazz 2022-23 Team overview
Utah had one of the busiest offseasons in the NBA, trading both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. The reconstruction is started. Collin Sexton and Lauri Markkanen are now the top options, while other newcomers like Malik Beasley, Talen Horton-Tucker and Jarred Vanderbilt will be looking to carve out bigger roles.
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2021-22 review: 49-33; lost in the first round
2022-23 Total NBA Win Odds: 24.5 wins (DraftKings)
2022-23 NBA title odds: +100000 (DraftKings)
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The Jazz are rebuilding, trading Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell over the summer. Right now, Conley is the starting point guard, but he’s probably also in the trading block, and it would be surprising if he made the team to start the year. As a result, it’s hard to predict what awaits the veteran. Last year, he appeared in 72 games and ranked 76th in fantasy production per game with 13.7 points, 5.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 28.6 minutes.
For much of the offseason, Sexton’s future with the Cavs seemed to be up in the air, but the team sent him to Utah as part of a multi-player deal that also includes Lauri Markkanen. and 2022 first-round pick Ochai Agbaji, as well as three future first-round picks and two future pick trades. As part of the deal, Sexton will sign a four-year, $72 million contract with the Jazz, which is fully guaranteed. Sexton only played 11 games last season due to a torn meniscus, but is said to be fully recovered and should be ready for the start of training camp. In 2020-21, Sexton had a career year, posting 24.3 points, 4.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.6 threes per game while shooting 47.5% since field. With the Jazz having now left Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, they appear to be heading for a rebuild. Although they likely find themselves near the bottom of the Western Conference standings this season, Sexton should have plenty of opportunities to thrive. If Utah chooses to leave veterans like Jordan Clarkson and Mike Conley, it would free up even more possessions for Sexton, who could very well end up functioning as the team’s No. 1 option.
Markkanen’s addition to Cleveland last season on a four-year, $64 million deal was a bit odd given the presence of Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley and Kevin Love already in the frontcourt. However, the team made it work by giving Markkanen most of his minutes as the small forward – a new development in his career. Previously, the seventh overall pick of 2017 only spent significant time at four and five. The change didn’t affect Markkanen’s numbers much from the previous two seasons. In 30.8 minutes per game, he averaged 14.8 points on 45/36/87 shooting, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists. It was good for rank 100 in fantasy production per game. Markkanen failed to capitalize on the advantage he showed as a sophomore with the Bulls in 2018-19. He ranked 54th in fantasy production per game that season behind 18.7 points on 43/36/87 shooting, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 32.3 minutes. However, with the rebuilding of Jazz, which will presumably aim to feature him, it’s possible that Markkanen’s trends will move closer to those numbers again. A rebound year may be in store.
Utah Jazz depth chart for 2022-23
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Utah Jazz predictions for 2022-23
Utah sits in the lower part of the West with the Spurs, Thunder and Rockets. However, there are more proven NBA players on this team than on the other three. They may be able to fight their way to 27 wins, even if they have no interest in doing so.
- 12 seeds
- Miss the playoffs
Lauri Markkanen averages 20 points per game.
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