The Utah Jazz had the best record in the NBA last season, while the Oklahoma City Thunder had one of the worst. Judging by their offseason moves, the two teams both appear to be pursuing similar results in 2021-22. Utah, which hosts Oklahoma City for the teams' season opener Wednesday, retained its competitive core of All-Star guards Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley, Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert, Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson, sharpshooter Bojan Bogdanovic and utility wing Joe Ingles.
So it’s good for me also to play these two games to get my cardio and my game back. I know it won’t be pretty, probably, because I didn’t play for a while. But that’s why we are playing preseason games.