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New Orleans Pelicans' Frank Jackson, right, shoots over Chicago Bulls' Kris Dunn during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)

Former Lone Peak star Frank Jackson was hurt all of last season, his first with the New Orleans Pelicans after getting drafted in 2017, but appears to be on track to contribute this season.

Earlier this week during an open practice, the 6-foot-3 guard threw down an impressive alley-oop.

Jazz could be "a surprise top-two seed"

The Utah Jazz are a trendy pick among national media to have a successful season, but what do some of their opponents say?

Sports Illustrated published its annual "NBA Scouts Unfiltered" piece this week, where anonymous scouts dish freely about the teams in the league. While not attributed to any certain person, the section about the Jazz was largely complimentary, with praise for general manager Dennis Lindsey, a bunch of players and the team's defense.

The one weakness of the team mentioned is that it doesn't have the personnel to play at times with no traditional big men like the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets do frequently.

"Their entire rotation is back. They have unbelievable continuity," a scout is quoted as saying. "If anyone is going to be a surprise top-two seed, it’s them."

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And finally...

Jazz wing Royce O'Neale was at Larry H. Miller Used Cars recently with teammate Georges Niang and was "caught" on camera pulling off a pretty impressive trick shot.

There's no word yet concerning whether or not Utah head coach Quin Snyder will let O'Neale shoot that shot during a game.