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How good are the Utah Jazz? Here’s what NBA GMs think

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Quin Snyder speaks with his Utah Jazz team in an NBA game against the Chicago Bulls.

Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder talks with the team during a timeout in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 2, 2021. The Jazz won 113-106. Snyder figured prominently in the 2021 NBA general managers survey, released on Tuesday.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Each year at the beginning of the NBA season, the league releases results of a survey of the 30 team general managers in which they are asked a variety of questions about the top teams, coaches, players and other miscellaneous items.

The results of the 2021 survey were released Tuesday, and the Utah Jazz make a number of appearances. Here’s the rundown, in order of where they appear on the survey.

  • The Jazz were voted far and away the second-best team in the Western Conference behind the Los Angeles Lakers, receiving 53% of the second-place votes (the Lakers got 80% of the first-place votes, and the Jazz were second with 13%).
  • Jared Butler received some votes as the biggest steal of the 2021 draft relative to where he was picked (No. 40 in Butler’s case).
  • Rudy Gobert was named the second-best defensive player in the league behind Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo. Gobert got 17% of the votes for the question of who is the best, while Antetokounmpo received 47%.
  • Gobert was named far and away the best interior defender in the league, getting 77% of the vote compared to 13% for the second-place Antetokounmpo.
  • The Jazz were voted the second-best defensive team in the league, getting 33% of the vote compared to 40% for Milwaukee.

  • Quin Snyder was voted the third-best coach in the league behind Miami’s Erik Spoelstra and Phoenix’s Monty Williams. Spoelstra got 55% of the vote, Williams 17% and Snyder 14%.
  • Snyder tied with Toronto’s Nick Nurse for fourth place among coaches who make the best in-game adjustments.
  • Snyder won the category for which coach runs the best offense, garnering 27% of the vote. Golden State’s Steve Kerr was second at 23%.
  • Snyder placed third in the category for which coach has the best defensive schemes. He got 13% of the vote compared to 37% for New York’s Tom Thibodeau and 17% for Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer.
  • Alex Jensen received some votes for best assistant coach in the league.
  • Mike Conley tied for fourth place in the question of which player will make the best head coach someday, getting 7% of the vote with Miami’s Udonis Haslem and New Orleans’ Garrett Temple. Joe Ingles also received some votes.
  • The Jazz got some votes as the most fun team to watch.
  • The Jazz won the question of which team has the best home-court advantage by a big margin, getting 47% of the vote compared to 20% for second-place Denver.