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Who the Jazz should look to add before the NBA Trade Deadline

We break down the Utah Jazz roster and pick out the top player they should look to trade for before Thursday’s deadline.

Mike Conley #10 of the Utah Jazz looks on during the game against the Chicago Bulls on March 22, 2021 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images

The NBA trade deadline is 24 hours away and there will be many teams looking to make that last move before the playoffs begin in May.

One team that hasn’t been mentioned in trade rumors and does not need to make a move is the Utah Jazz. The Jazz has been the best team in the association with a record of 31-11 this season.

Quin Snyder’s team has played phenomenal basketball on both ends of the floor. They can defend the perimeter but also shoot the lights out from behind the three-point line. Utah is led by the quartet of Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, Rudy Gobert, and Jordan Clarkson.

Mitchell is averaging a career-high 25.4 points per game and shooting 37.8% from three-point range. Conley is shooting the ball well at a career-high 42.2% from behind the arc.

The only recent roster move that team has made is signing free-agent veteran forward Ersan Illyasova. According to Tony Jones of The Athletic, Utah is likely to fill their last roster spot either by the trade deadline or through the buyout market. Jones adds that the Jazz are looking for a perimeter defender, who could play 10-15 minutes and be able to make some three-pointers.

Jazz’s Top Target: Stay Put

The Jazz are just one of the few teams who do need to make any major moves to upgrade their roster ahead of the trade deadline. They are shooting the ball well and scoring a ton of points (116.8 ppg). Utah is also one of the best defensive teams in the NBA, only giving up 108.5 points per game.

The Jazz also have six players scoring at least 10 points or more per game. Out of those six players, the only non-starter is Jordan Clarkson. Clarkson is the leading candidate for the Sixth Man of the Year award. He is the team’s second-leading scorer with 17.5 points per game, while shooting 43.3% from the field and 36.3% from three-point range.

This is team is complete and should be one of the favorites to get to the Finals, let alone have a chance to win it.