Utah Jazz 2021-22 NBA Roster: Updated Roster After All the Trades and Signings

Published 09/10/2021, 3:02 PM EDT
Jan 26, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) slaps the hand of center Rudy Gobert (27) during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Utah Jazz wins 108-94. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports


Utah Jazz has never won an NBA title in their history. However, they have come close to winning on several occasions. Karl Malone-led Jazz made it to the NBA Finals twice consecutively in 1997 and 1998. However, they lost both the finals to Jordan’s Bulls. The Jazz has qualified for the playoffs in the past five seasons but have failed to go past the second round.

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Last season, they finished top of the Western Conference with a 52-20 record in the regular season. But they lost to the Clippers in the conference semis and had to settle with the Northwest Division title. They have signed five players during the off-season and have let go of five players. The Jazz has also re-signed three players ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season.

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Incoming players

Rudy Gay

Rudy Gay spent most of his career with Memphis Grizzlies, before being traded to the Raptors in 2013. However, Toronto Raptors traded him to Sacramento Kings, the same year. After spending four seasons with the Kings, Rudy signed with the Spurs in 2017 and became an integral part of the Spurs squad. He brings with him a much-needed veteran experience to the Jazz roster and could come in handy in their run for the first NBA title this season.

Eric Paschall

Golden State Warriors drafted the 2018 NCAA champion, Eric Paschall, in 2019. He made 60 NBA regular season appearances in his rookie season and made it to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2020. After an encouraging rookie season, Eric started just two games last season and has been traded to the Jazz for a protected 2026 2nd-round pick via the Grizzlies.

Hassan Whiteside

The 32-year-old center has played in Lebanon, the USA, and China since being drafted by Sacramento Kings in 2010. He made his comeback in the NBA through Miami Heat. After five seasons in Miami, Hassan was traded to the Blazers. He then signed with the Kings for one season.

Jared Butler (40th pick- 2021 Draft) and MaCio Teague (undrafted- 2021 Draft)

Outgoing players

Derrick Favors (Oklahoma City Thunder)

The 30-year-old power forward spent 10 seasons with the Jazz in two different stints. The Jazz traded Derrick to Oklahoma City Thunder for a 2021 2nd-round pick and cash considerations.

Georges Niang (Philadelphia 76ers)

Niang signed with the Sixers after spending three seasons in Utah. Last season, Niang played 72 games and averaged 6.8 PPG.

Matt Thomas (Chicago Bulls)

Matt was traded to the Jazz in April 2021 and featured in 19 games since then. However, he was waived by the Jazz in the off-season and signed with the Bulls in free agency.

Ersan Ilyasova and Juwan Morgan – Free Agents

Utah Jazz 2021-22 NBA Roster

Jun 14, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks for a basket against Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) and forward Marcus Morris Sr. (8) during the second half in game four in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Frontcourt

Udoka Azubuike

Bojan Bogdanovic

Jarrell Brantley

Rudy Gay

Rudy Gobert

Elijah Hughes

Joe Ingles

Royce O’Neale

Miye Oni

Eric Paschall

Hassan Whiteside

Backcourt

Jared Butler

Jordan Clarkson

Mike Conley

Trent Forrest

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Donovan Mitchell

MaCio Teague

The Jazz finished as the Western Conference leaders last season but failed to replicate their form in the playoffs. However, with some quality additions, they have a good shot at their first NBA title. Quin Snyder has been their head coach since 2014 and with an improved roster, he can guide the Jazz to another top finish in the Western Conference.

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It’ll be interesting to see how the Jazz perform with the new additions in the coming season.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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