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Dante Exum says Jazz have a team full of ‘guys that wanna work and get better’

Dante Exum

Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum says Utah has a team full of “guys that wanna work and get better.”

Exum likes the Jazz’s chances of competing for a title next season because everyone on the team is a good person, both on and off the court.

“I think we have a great team,” Exum said, via Olgun Uluc of Fox Sports Australia. “And it’s not just on paper; everyone’s good all round.

“I think everyone’s a good person, and is gonna gel well together. I’ve already worked out with Mike Conley and (Emmanuel) Mudiay, and it’s all guys that wanna work and get better, and we’re all team guys. As long as we’re winning, everyone’s happy. I think, whenever you have that type of mentality on an NBA team, it’s the best thing.”

The Jazz had a tremendous offseason. They acquired Mike Conley from the Memphis Grizzlies and signed Bojan Bogdanovic, Ed Davis, Jeff Green and Emmanuel Mudiay in free agency.

Many have the Jazz as firm title contenders. Utah’s projected starting lineup for next season is Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Bojan Bogdanovic and Rudy Gobert. That’s as good as any starting five in the NBA.

Dante Exum had a difficult 2018-19 season. He played in just 42 games during the regular season and missed the entire 2019 playoffs after tearing the patellar tendon in his right knee.

The 24-year-old is looking to have a bounce-back 2019-20 campaign and has been training hard this summer.