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Will the Utah Jazz be a top-10 team next season?

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Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell, center, celebrates with Royce O’Neale, left, and Mike Conley after the Jazz defeated the Denver Nuggets in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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SALT LAKE CITY — How quickly a forecast can change.

At this time last year, the Utah Jazz were being talked about as a potential contender for an NBA championship after the summer acquisitions of Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic, Ed Davis and Jeff Green.

The Jazz fell considerably short of that lofty goal, however, finishing the strange 2019-20 season sixth in the Western Conference (to be fair, some of that had to do with purposeful late jockeying to set up a more desirable playoff matchup) and getting eliminated in the first round of postseason by the Denver Nuggets.

What can be expected of Utah next season, whenever that may come? If ESPN analysts Kevin Pelton and Bobby Marks are to be believed, not great things.

In a story Monday identifying each of their top 10 title contenders for 2021, neither had the Jazz listed, meaning they both predict that Utah will not finish in the top third of the NBA.

Both Pelton and Marks wrote that they feel as though the Los Angeles Lakers will be the frontrunner to win it all (the Lakers will face the Miami Heat in this year’s NBA Finals, starting Wednesday), and both feel as though the LA Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks will be their main challengers.

They also had unity in terms of listing five other teams in their respective top 10, although they ranked the Heat, Nuggets, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors in a different order.

The pair did have the same team at No. 10, the Dallas Mavericks.

Pelton alone had the Philadelphia 76ers on his list (No. 8), while Marks had the Toronto Raptors (No. 9) on his.