We are in the second week of the NBA pre-season and the Jazz still have many decisions to make. As the move towards the youth movement continues, which players are going and which are staying?
While we may not find out for another week or two, let's take a look and get to know the 20 Jazz players competing for the final roster spots.
In addition to information about the team from Deseret News Jazz writer Jody Genessy, DeseretNews.com has brought together highlights and stats from each player.
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Position: Point Guard
Prior to NBA: University of Michigan
The 2013 national player of the year struggled at times during his summer league debut, but his fellow teammates believe in his talent, competitiveness, leadership and playmaking abilities. These are the reasons why the Jazz traded two first round picks (14th and 21st) for the floor general Minnesota selected ninth overall.
Burke was considered to be best point guard in the draft this year and will have many opportunities to show what he can do, as the Jazz head into the season as one of the youngest teams in the league.
Position: Point Guard
Prior to NBA: Oklahoma State University
In a somewhat surprising move, the Utah Jazz signed free agent veteran Lucas. One reason it was so surprising is the Jazz passed on last year's backup Jamaal Tinsley. The Jazz obviously like what they see in John Lucas and feel that he will be a great mentor to Trey Burke.
During the 2011-2012 season, Lucas played an NBA career-best 49 games (two starts) and averaged 7 points, 2 assists, 1.6 rebounds in 14 minutes. Lucas shot 39 percent behind the arc (27th in the NBA) and 87 percent from the line. He led the team in scoring six times and in assists on five occasions. Lucas scored 10 or more points in 15 games, including four games with more than 20-plus points.
Position: Point Guard
Prior to NBA: Belmont University
Undrafted combo guard Clark made a name for himself after his great performance at the NBA's Summer League in Las Vegas.
Playing for the Golden State Warriors in Las Vegas, Clark showed off his abilities as he turned in one the best performances of the summer league with his 33-point performance in the championship game.
The Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers and the Utah Jazz all expressed interest in him. Luckily for Jazz fans, the 6-3, 175 combo guard, choose the Utah Jazz as his home.
Prior to NBA: University of Colorado
Burks was drafted by the Jazz with the 12th overall pick in the 2011 draft. While Burks has shown flashes of brilliance, he hasn't had a lot opportunities to show what he can do. This year will certainly be different. Burks will have a major role with the team and will be counted on early to help carry the team.
Last year Burks had many memorable games, such as his 14 points in 22 minutes against the San Antonio Spurs, as well as his 19 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals performance against Milwaukee.
Position: Point Guard
Prior to NBA: University of Washington
Many people know Holiday as just the brother of Jrue Holiday. He played college basketball at the University of Washington and has been fighting his way up the NBA ladder.
Last season, Holiday played in nine games in the NBA averaging 15 minutes per game. He shot 33 percent percent from the field, 25 percent from behind the arc, 75 percent from the line and 4 points per game.
Position: Point Guard
Prior to NBA: University of Iona
Many people around Utah know Machado as the guy who lost to BYU during the 2012 NCAA tournament. In that game, BYU came back from 25 points down to make it the biggest comeback in NCAA history.
Last season, Machado played in six games in the NBA averaging three minutes per game. He shot 50 percent from the field, 100 percent from the line and averaged 1.3 points per game.
Prior to NBA: University of Kansas
Rush was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 13th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Rush has skipped around in the NBA and was part of a three-team deal that sent him and two other teammates (Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson) to Utah along with multiple draft picks.
During the 2011-2012 season Rush appeared in 65 games (one start), averaging a career-high 9 points to go along with 3rebounds and 1.4 assists in 26 minutes. Rush had career highs when he shot 50 percent from the field, 45 percent beyond the arc (tied for 6th in NBA) and 79 percent from the free throw line. He hit over 41 percent from three-point land for a third consecutive season, joining teammate Stephen Curry and Kyle Korver as the only players to hit 41 percent-or-better.
Prior to NBA: BK Skonto/Latvia
Like Rush, Biedrins was part of a three-team deal that sent him and two other teammates to Utah to go along with multiple draft picks.
Biedrins was selected with the 11th overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the 2004 NBA Draft. Last year he appeared in 53 games, averaging 47 percent from the field to go along with two rebounds and 0.5 points per game in just nine mintues a game.
The Jazz will hope that the Latvian big man will recreate his double-double season (2008-09) when he averaged 11 points and 11 rebounds a night.
Prior to NBA: University of Illinois
Cook has been in the league for a long time. He was drafted by the L.A. Lakers in the first round of the 2003 draft.
In his NBA career, Cook has averaged 13 minutes per game while shooting 43 percent from the floor, 38 percent from beyond the arc, to go along with 2 rebounds and 5 points per game.
Prior to NBA: University of Western Kentucky
Evans was selected by the Jazz during the second round of the 2010 NBA draft. Evans has struggled to get playing time during his stay with the Jazz because of players such as Millsap, Jefferson, Favors and Kanter taking up the bulk of the minutes. However, when he does come on the floor, he brings energy and entertainment (dunks) that fans love to see.
Now that Millsap and Jefferson are gone, Evans will have a bigger role this year. Evans will look to show the Jazz that they did not make a mistake by getting rid of those players and keeping him on the team.
If you haven't already heard by now, Jeremy Evans is often refereed to as the Human Pogo Stick. His best NBA moment came during the 2011-12 All-Star break when he won the slam dunk contest. Evans dunked two balls at once to claim the title.
Position: Small forward
Prior to NBA: Rice University
In his short NBA career, Harris has averaged 8 minutes per game, while shooting 45 percent from the floor, 61 percent from the line, to go along with 2 rebounds and 2 points per game.
During the 2009-2010 season, Harris was named the NBA D-League's most valuable player. Harris averaged 27 points per game while shooting 58 percent from the field, to go along with his 10 rebounds per game.
Position: Small Forward
Prior to NBA: Butler University
Hayward returns with some of the most experience on the team. With the return of Hayward, this is Utah's most solidified position. Interestingly, the fourth-year pro is the only player on the Jazz roster who averaged double-figure scoring last year in the NBA.
Hayward’s play over the summer at Team USA’s minicamp showed he’s more than able to hold his own against top-level competition. His stats don’t tell the full story, either, as the 6-8 swingman can be a two-way factor.
Jazz big man Derrick Favors voiced his confidence in Hayward’s offensive abilities: “I think he can take on that role of being the leading scorer on the team.”
Prior to NBA: University of Tennessee-Martin
Hudson joined the NBA in 2009, when he was a second round pick by the Boston Celtics. Hudson has bounced around in the NBA and looks to finally have a home in Utah. With Trey Burke's recent injury it might open up a spot for player's like Hudson.
In his NBA career, Hudson has averaged 10 minutes per game, while shooting 37 percent from the floor, 26 percent from beyond the arc, 81 percent from the line to go along with 1.3 assists and 4 points per game.
Hudson's best NBA game came when he was playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers on a 10-day contract. He scored 26 points against the nets. After that performance, Cleveland signed him to another 10-day contract. Hudson is hoping to break the streak and sign a much longer contract.
Prior to NBA: University of Arizona
Jazz fans would’ve been ecstatic to get Jefferson four years ago when he was averaging 22 ppg (2007-08) and 19 ppg (2008-09). But the 33-year-old only averaged 3 points per game in a non-role with Golden State last year.
Like Rush and Biedrins, Jefferson was part of a three-team deal that sent him and his teammates to Utah, to go along with multiple draft picks.
With Marvin Williams out for another month or so, Jefferson will have a bigger role to start the season. With Jefferson's experience ,the Jazz are counting on him to be a leader on the team and to help mentor the young Jazz team.
Prior to NBA: Fenerbahce Ulker/Kentucky/Turkey
Kanter hasn't had a lot of time to show what he could do since playing time was hard to come by with players, such as Millsap, Jefferson and Favors. However, when he does come on the floor, he brings a lot of energy and hustle.
Kanter’s health is also a concern. Last season he had season-ending shoulder surgery. The 6-11 center’s rehab continues to progress as he’s ahead of schedule.
One of Kanter's biggest accomplishments was when he played for the Turkish U18 national team and led them to a bronze medal while averaging 18 points and 16 rebounds.
Kanter's best NBA game came on March 1, 2013 when he had 23 points and 22 rebounds. Kanter became the first Jazz player to do this since Carlos Boozer did that back in 2010.
Prior to NBA: Fresno State University
McGuire joined the NBA in 2007, when he was picked up by the Washington Wizards in the second round of the 2007 NBA draft.
In his NBA career, Jones has played in more than 342 games while averaging 15 minutes per game, while shooting 42 percent from the floor. McGuire is 65 percent from the line, to go along with 3 rebounds, 1.2 asists and 2 points per game.
Position: Forward Center
Prior to NBA: Georgia Tech University
Favors has been patiently biding his time behind Paul Millsap since being traded to Utah in 2011 as part of the D-Will deal. The 6-foot-10 big man is more than eager to step up now. He’s worked harder this offseason than ever after being encouraged to work on his physical shape and leadership skills at exit meetings in April.
“They (Jazz management) challenged me,” he said, “to be a better player, come in as a leader and just be ready to go from the jump.”
Favors looks to be the centerpiece of the Jazz offense this year and will be counted on to fill the voids left by Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson.
One of Favors best games came against the Milwaukee Bucks last year. Favors had 23 points, 15 rebounds, a block, a steal and an assist.
Prior to NBA: University of North Carolina
Williams was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the second overall pick in the 2005 draft. Williams played for the Hawks in his first seven seasons, before being traded to the Jazz as part of the Devin Harris deal.
Williams had a decent year with the Jazz last season. However the biggest concern now is will he play this year and how good will he be. Williams had offseason Achilles' heel surgery and it's uncertain when he will be back. It's projected that he will be out until December or so.
With such a young team this year, Williams is now one of the older guys and will look to mentor and help the young guys out.
Prior to NBA: Cholet Basket/France
Gobert was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 27th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft. The Jazz worked out a trade to be able to land the big Frenchman.
Last year, Gobert averaged 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and shot 73 percent from the field for Cholet Basket in France. The Jazz knew they wern't going to hold onto Millsap and Jefferson for very long which is why they went after Gobert.
Even though Gobert is 7-1, his wingspan is enormous at 7-9 with a 9-7 standing reach. You can't teach height/length and the Jazz certainly like what they see from him. Gobert will look to backup Kanter at the center spot.