The Utah Jazz's trade for point guard George Hill over the summer might not have received the same level of national attention as the Golden State Warriors' signing of forward Kevin Durant, but according to an annual survey of the NBA's general managers, the addition of Hill was the most underrated move in the league during the offseason.
The survey, which is released each year just before the NBA's regular season is about to begin, has a number of other Jazz-related items in addition to Hill receiving 24.1 percent of the vote for the question, "Who was the most underrated player acquisition?"
Most notably, Utah finished in a tie for second with the Indiana Pacers on the question of which team made the best overall moves of the offseason. Both teams received 6.7 percent of the vote, with the Warriors winning the category in a landslide.
Incidentally, the Jazz and Pacers were both involved in the trade that brought Hill to Utah, with the Jazz sending the 12th pick in the draft to the Atlanta Hawks. Atlanta sent point guard Jeff Teague to Indiana.
Teague finished second in the underrated player acquisition category.
Elsewhere, Utah was effectively predicted to finish sixth in the Western Conference and finished second in the category of most improved team behind the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Having built a reputation over the past few years as a strong defensive team, the Jazz finished in a tie for third with the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers in that category. The San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics claimed the top two spots.
Individually, center Rudy Gobert was voted the second-best interior defender in the league behind Los Angeles Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan. Gobert didn't make the top five for best international player, but he did receive votes.
Gobert's fellow Frenchman and Utah newcomer Boris Diaw received votes in the underrated player acquisition category, and Hill got some on the question of which acquisition will make the biggest impact.Comment on this story
The Jazz are still seen around the league as a team with a strong home-court advantage, as they took fifth in that category behind the Warriors, Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder and Spurs.
Utah is 3-2 in the preseason with one more game remaining Wednesday night at home against the Portland Trail Blazers before its regular season opens a week later on the road, also against Portland.
The Jazz's home opener is Oct. 28 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.