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Camp Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Coach: Quin Snyder, two seasons; 78-86 overall.
Last Season: 40-42, did not make playoffs.
Key Returnees: Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks, Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert, Rodney Hood, Dante Exum, Joe Ingles, Chris Johnson, Trey Lyles, Shelvin Mack, Raul Neto, Jeff Withey.
Key Additions: George Hill (Indiana), Boris Diaw (San Antonio), Joe Johnson (Miami), Joel Bolomboy (rookie, Weber State), Marcus Paige (rookie, North Carolina).
Key Losses: Trevor Booker (Brooklyn), Trey Burke (Washington), Tibor Pleiss (Turkey).
Outlook: The Jazz should’ve made the playoffs last year, but the fact they failed wasn’t a major disappointment. Thanks in large part to the coaching of Quin Snyder, this is an organization with a real sense of purpose and strong culture. Gordon Hayward is a borderline All-Star. Same goes for Derrick Favors. And the backcourt is loaded with the likes of George Hill, Joe Johnson (who may have a decent year in him still), Dante Exum (recovered from a major knee injury), Alec Burks and Rodney Hood. Versatile forward Boris Diaw was a nice addition as well. So are the Jazz finally playoff-bound? Hey, it sure really feels that way.