The new-look Utah Jazz will have the versatility to roll out several exciting and effective lineups in the 2019-20 season.
With all of the Utah Jazz’s offseason moves, there’s no questioning that they’re going to have a much different squad in 2019-20. While the team indisputably got better by undergoing a massive upgrade at the point guard spot with Mike Conley over Ricky Rubio, by adding sharpshooter Bojan Bogdanovic and a host of reliable bench presences, there were also some heavy losses, particularly defensively.
What I’m referring to is the departure of Derrick Favors and Jae Crowder, both of which were excellent defenders and gave Utah a length and strength that they won’t quite be able to match this upcoming season. Fortunately, the addition of Jeff Green and Ed Davis should help quite substantially to make up for that void.
But the loss of Favors does make Utah’s starting lineup somewhat unclear. Some have postulated that the Jazz could continue to start Joe Ingles at the three and have Bojan Bogdanovic fill the slot as the small-ball stretch-four. Others have hypothesized that Bogey would take over Ingles’ spot in the starting five in his more comfortable small forward position with the veteran Jeff Green starting at the four, even though he’d likely ultimately cede more minutes to Jinglin’ Joe.
There are other hypotheses as well including the likes of Royce O’Neale and Ed Davis, which we’ll touch on a little later, but the fact of the matter is that Quin Snyder has a lot of flexibility in what he can put out on the floor, be it with his starting lineup or other combinations. As such, I wanted to take a look at three in particular that I’m extremely excited about, starting with one that I’ve already mentioned and could be one of Utah’s best.