The Utah Jazz have made quite the splash this off-season with the acquisitions of Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and George Hill, and more than just Jazz fans are taking notice.
In Bleacher Report's most recent NBA Power Rankings, Utah has been given a more than favorable ranking thanks to their play when having most of their young pieces on the floor last season.
Columnist George Hughes described the potential of the Jazz: "When healthy last year — which we'll define as 'having Rodney Hood, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert on the floor together' — the Utah Jazz were awesome. That foursome only took the court in 45 games, but it posted a net rating of plus-5.0 points per 100 possessions, regardless of who the fifth body was. That would have been good enough to rank sixth in the league."
Jimmer Fredette makes headlines after summer league performance
Jimmer Fredette is back at it in Las Vegas, trying to show as many teams as he can that he is worthy of an NBA contract.
His stock went up on Saturday night as he made Shaun Powell's list of summer league standouts after a dominating performance in the Denver Nuggets 106-62 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
"Yet, if only for a day, Fredette was clearly the best player on the floor when the Nuggets beat the Grizzlies," Powell said.
Fredette finished the game with 26 points on 4 for 8 shooting from 3-point land to go along with three assists and two steals in 26 minutes.
Damian Lillard shows right moves off the court
Damian Lillard has been a star on the floor since his days playing at Weber State, where he showed that he can make all the right moves. The same can be said for his off-the-court endeavors as well.
After receiving an Instagram message from a mother whose son wanted to attend his camp, Lillard made room in the sold-out basketball camp and even paid the fees for the young man to be there.
Jay Yeomans is a writer for DeseretNews.com. Twitter: @jmoneysports