Utah Jazz: Inquiring minds want to know — who's going to start for Jazz?

Published: Saturday, July 28 2012 9:28 p.m. MDT

Jefferson could be the biggest beneficiary of the offseason moves. If the Williamses and Foye — not to mention the Jazz's youngsters — can hit from outside like the team is counting on, that should prevent teams from playing defense with "one foot in the paint," as O'Connor admitted opponents were able to do last year.

"I can't project it, but I think what it's going to do," the Jazz GM said about the increased outside firepower, "is it's going to create an opportunity for a little bit more space."

On the other hand, O'Connor only half-jokingly said, "Maybe we can talk to our bigs about making sure they pass it to them."

The Jazz will count on an increased presence — including on the offensive end — from Enes Kanter now that he's no longer a teenager or a rusty rookie.

The possibility of Favors at center is intriguing, too, given his strength and quickness edge over the majority of NBA bigs.

Lead man: Al Jefferson

Supporting role: Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors

Projected Utah Jazz lineup


PG: Mo Williams

SG: Gordon Hayward

SF: Marvin Williams

PF: Derrick Favors

C: Al Jefferson

Key reserves

PG: Jamaal Tinsley, Earl Watson

SG: Randy Foye, Alec Burks

SF: DeMarre Carroll, Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap

PF: Paul Millsap, Jeremy Evans

C: Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors

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