NBA Off Season Update, Part 5: Northwest Division – August 20th

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Mar 30, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) dunks in the second quarter against the Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz





Jazz point guard Dante Exum has torn the ACL in his left knee:

— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) August 7, 2015


Like Minnesota the Jazz have developed their young core and have depth and versatility at most positions. The only spot they might want to add a player is via a gritty wing with some veteran presence to help develop the team in the locker room. Perhaps a younger version of Paul Pierce with more grit.

Without any major additions it appears the Jazz are going to take the slow patient approach to developing their core. That patience will get tested with news Dante Exum has torn his ACL.  This will set back the Jazz a bit from automatically building on the momentum of how they ended 2015 and may halt their goal of reaching the post season. Regardless,  look for up and coming coach Quinn Snyder to keep his team focused on replicating their second half defensive efforts.  Also, keep an eye on Rudy Gobert to see if his ceiling is even higher than what we saw after February.

This is Part 5 of the comprehensive 6 part series on all off season moves by team, here are the links to the other 5 Divisions:

Part 1  Atlantic Division:

Next: Atlantic Division Off Season Update - Aug 20

Part 2  Central Division:

Next: Central Division Off Season Update - Aug 20

Part 3: Southeast Division:

Next: Southeast Division Off Season Update, Aug 20

Part 4: Pacific Division:

Next: Pacific Division Off Season Update, Aug 20

Part 6: Southwest Division:

Next: Southwest Division Off Season Update, Aug 20