4. Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz had a near-flawless offseason and are now my dark horse title threat for next year.
The addition of Mike Conley creates a new big three for this Jazz team with Rudy Gobert manning the paint and protecting the rim and Donovan Mitchell who will be looking to make another leap in year three.
Conley is the perfect point guard for this team and he should help them on both ends, serving as a calming presence both on and off the floor.
The other notable success of Utah’s summer was replacing Derrick Favors and adding a lot more shooting and depth to the roster.
To replace Favors, the Jazz signed Bojan Bogdanovic who is a terrific floor spacer and shot creator. To improve their depth, they brought in guys like Jeff Green, Ed Davis, and Emmanuel Mudiay, all guys who are capable of contributing in a big way for their team.
The one main question for this Jazz team will be if they have enough star power come playoff time to make a deep run but if Mitchell can develop into a borderline superstar (which could happen next season) then that problem will essentially take care of itself.