BACKCOURT: Burke and Hayward are both great leaders. They took unexpected teams to the NCAA Championship, largely on their backs, although Burke had much more help than Hayward at Butler.
Burke can come in and run an offense. He can penetrate, but his jumper is in question a bit. Can he get his own shot off at his size in the NBA? Fair question, but Burke is the kind of point guard who can put teams on his back.
Hayward is a budding star. Maybe not star, but a budding impact guy in the NBA. He can shoot, handle, rebound and sort of defend. He has also stated his desire to be the team's leader and someone who wants that kind of pressure is someone who you want.
BENCH: This group is a little thin. Whoever loses out in the starting spot between Hayward, Williams and Burks will be the first guy off the bench.
Rush was acquired in the salary dump by the Warriors. He missed basically all of last season thanks to a torn ACL in the second game. Rush is an outstanding 3-point shooter and could be the one who ultimately plays the most minutes at two guard.
Lucas is a capable backup point guard. Evans is explosive and Gobert is the French rookie big man who measured a combine record wingspan and reach. (He can almost dunk flat-footed and can probably scratch his knees without bending over.) Throw them all in the rebuilding plan.
COACHING: Corbin took a very average team last season to a 43-39 record. If Utah posted that record this season, Corbin would win the Coach of the Year award unanimously.
This roster is just so young and inexperienced. Improvement is Corbin's only charge. Wins and losses shouldn't matter so long as Burke, Favors, Kanter and Hayward grow together.
OUTLOOK: The Jazz are going to be among the worst teams in the league record- wise. That's pretty clear when you look at their personnel.
But again, this season won't be about playoff contention or things like that. It's about making Burke and Favors the Stockton and Malone of this generation. That's completely unfair, obviously, but the hope is they grow into something reasonably close.