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ESPN says Utah Jazz looking bright in their Future Power Rankings

Published: Thursday, Aug. 16 2012 5:28 p.m. MDT

Utah Jazz's Enes Kanter (0), DeMarre Carroll (3), Alec Burks (10) and Derrick Favors (15) wait on the sideline during a timeout in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 114-83. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Our Take: The Utah Jazz roster looks very different now than it did two years ago, and it remains to be seen whether the moves the team has made are for the better. But ESPN's Future Power Rankings, which analyze a variety of on-court and off-court factors to determine a team's direction, are bullish on the Jazz, ranking them fourth overall:

A year and half ago, the Jazz looked dead in the water. Franchise legend Jerry Sloan retired in the middle of the season and All-Star point guard Deron Williams was abruptly shipped to the Nets at the trade deadline for a handful of prospects.

But after two really solid summers and a better-than-expected season in 2011-12, our optimism for the Jazz has never been higher.

Read more about ESPN's Future Power Rankings on ESPN Insider.

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