Jazz Mailbag – The Athletic


Four weeks.

We are four weeks from the start of training camp. Jazz fans, can you believe it? It looks like we just finished the playoffs. And here we are, counting down the days to another season.

Here is a big batch of questions about mail bags. This survey series has a lot of questions about the new roster, how it fits, what the game rotation will be, and how things move beyond the game rotation.

So here we are, and let’s go. And keep flipping this calendar. Once camp has started, the preseason will begin almost immediately.

(Editor’s note: Questions have been edited slightly for clarity.)

Hi Tony, thanks for the cover! One question looking to the future, it seems to me that our wing depth would benefit from a real 3 and D wing (well, really it would benefit from a Paul George type, but that’s pretty unlikely!). Do you agree? If so, how lucky are we to sign a Matisse Thybulle guy? – Matthew D.

Royce O’Neale is one of the best 3-and-D guys in the league. Maybe he’s not at the level of a Mikal Bridges, but he’s pretty good at what he does. I think Rudy Gay’s signing helps a lot here because it makes the Jazz bigger and longer and more athletic and versatile in the frontcourt. And that allows O’Neale to play smaller up front as opposed to the power striker.

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