When Boozer was injured season before last, Milsap stepped in and the Jazz
didn't miss a beat. In fact, many observers at the time ppined that Boozer's
return that season may have been a step backward. Boozer did have a
good season last year, but keep in mind that it was a contract year. Milsap was
as solid as ever in the minutes he had. I think we'll all be pleased with
Milsap's contribution given a larger role and more minutes.
Millsap will do fine, 15 and 10 i'm guessing. Question is who will be his back
up? If it's AK then who'll be the 3? Miles and Matthews (if he re-signs) should
play the 2 and Hayward will hopefully be able to be the backup 3. So who do we
get to start at the 3? AK will hopefully do a little of both but we
clearly need another wing and another big. Throw in another PG because we could
use an upgrade at the backup spot as well, plus Deron should get a little more
SG time to make up for points lost from Booz. Lots of questions. I
hope KOC has a lot of right answers.
Millsap is a 13 and 8 man who often disappears in agame for up to five minutes
at a time. He has shown little ability to ignite the team in the first quarter,
gets 3 rebounds per game on shots he missed but should have made. He has
limited range and at crunch time is a clunk from the field and at the line.Let's hope he can step up. And help make others better.
Doesn`t look good for this season,we`ll be very lucky to win
40.Millsap,18/12,may be an all-star
Milsap is going to struggle as the defenses pack it in with the NBA's worst 3
point shooting team (especially until Ocur gets back). He will get his 10
rebounds but probably more like 10-12 points. He also needs to improve his free
throw shooting because he'll be on the line more. Maybe he could take Gains with
him to free throw camp.
When Millsap played the season Boozer was injured he did very well but when
Boozer got back 2/3 of the way through the season there was nothing left of
Paul. He was beat up and his numbers had fallen off dramatically.
The teams who played him the first time did much better when they came back
against him. His inability to go either hand at the hoop makes him
much easier to defend and his shorter stature is also going against him.Jazz fans may hope that Millsap can step in but when ESPN listed pf's in
the league Boozer was number 3 and Millsap did not crack the top 20.I hope Paul does great but in reality the Jazz will need more help.
Millsap was good for about 20 games, then his body broke down. He was exhausted
and couldn't handle it (He even admitted it!)You guys have
selective memories. At least we have a fantastic coach.
Unfortunately there are some amazing teams out there...even our division is
better than it ever has been.
Utah needs players ..period. Use that cash that Boozer freed up and go sign some
players. I would like to see the Jazz get some foreign players in the mix as
well as some proven vets. The Jazz need size inside for sure.
Agree Doug10. The year Millsap filled in for Boozer, he was worn out and
disappeared at the end of that season. Yeah, yeah, yeah, Millsap plays with a
lot of heart. But it ain't gonna work having him be the focal point of the
offense (defenses will really key on him). He's a great backup PF but I just
don't see him leading the Jazz deep into the playoffs. Udonnis Haslem isn't
much of an answer either. Jazz are in trouble for 2010-2011 season. They'll be
lucky to make the playoffs, especially with Memo unavailable until Christmas or
the All-Star break.
It would be nice if that happened but we are going to go downhill big time. You
can put lipstick on the pig but it won't change it. Where are we going to find
the points we get from Boozer and Korver? Willams is going to look go elsewhere
too after this upcoming season, you can count on it. Andre will be out most of
the season like he is every year and we will be in even more trouble.
Sloan is a genius! Why, if we just pick up our games, we'll be okay. Brilliant.
Oh, wait, what's that you say? Other players on other teams are also picking up
their games too? Gee, I never thought of that. Oh, crap, we're dead.
Outside shooting and rebounding are the biggest problems. The Jazz
have let most of the FAs that could have been helpful get away. It is like they
are not willing to make reasonable offers on some of them. 5 Mill a year for
Korver is not unreasonable. Morrow's offer is a reasonable deal. DEN
will get Amundson for Cheap. Mahimni is going nowhere and could be had for 1-2
mill but the Jazz do nothing. Haslem has many options and will get a long term
contract. If the Jazz have a plan it is not obvious other than to
try to develop what they have and then maybe do something at the trade deadline
when prices will be cheaper.They have both a depth and quality
problem to start the season.Maybe they know how much Fes/Koufos will
improve with playing time? Now that they have to play them.Maybe
they have specific players in mind and are waiting for the right trade to open
up. I do not have great faith in the Jazz front office. However, if
they can replace Boozer and Korver with players who play D and O they will be
I will look at the glass half full instead of half empty. Sap has one more year
experience and will do fine. CJ started to come around at the end of the
playoffs and I expect him to have a breakout year. Wouldn't it be nice to have
Kosta keep the fire in him he had in the Summer games. Maybe Fess can get out of
the eighth grade.. Hayward will be in the thick of it for ROY. Lets hope they
keep Matthews and he improves even better.D-Will is in high gear and should have
a banner year. It would be nice if AK would be injury free.Hopfully KOC can
work out some trades. With Booze exemtion he has enough to go after Oakafor
(SP?) with colliston thrown in for Price. They do want to lesson their payroll
and are willing to give up collison with another player. Cheers to a great
I feel like the Ship is sinking, and if the Jazz can not put a winning team
together for Sloan D-Will and the fans, chances are high you could lose out on
all mentioned. The Jazz are not even close to being a top 10 NBA team with this
roster. Better pay Al Jefferson and MLE for Shannon Brown, give us a chance to
Millsap is better now than the year he filled in for Boozer. His outside jumper
is much better and his inside game has improved. Look at what he did in the
playoffs against LA. He will keep getting better. The problems are
at C and wing.Fes/Koufos are going to get a lot of playing time.
They are going to be bad. However, they should improve (maybe
quickly) with that much playing time. As a rookie Koufos played as well as Okur.
His WP48 was actually better. With Boozer gone they both may rebound much
better. The Jazz were weak in rebounding. They are weaker now. That has to be
addressed as the shooting is also weaker. The paint will be packed
every game until the Jazz get some outside shooting to replace Korver. Mathews
should be a little better than last year but he is not Korver. Hayward is a
rookie and not a great outside shooter yet. CJ could improve. How
hard is it to raise his shooting percentage 5%?Gaines may be ready
for back up minutes and he can shoot.
The Jazz had three power forwards last year: Boozer, Millsap and Okur. It took
a toll on all of them when they had to play considerable minutes at center. The
relief for the Jazz might come as Fesenko and/or Koufos develop. I
will be happy to see AK play some PF waiting for Memo's return. This is his
contract year. What will he be worth to the Jazz to rehire, or not?
Gaines has an eFG of .467 for jump shots (74% of his shots). He has a passing
rating of 13.7 and a hands rating of 27.8. His PER (48 minutes) is 19.5 while he
held opponents to 15.2 for a net PER of 4.3.Price has an eFG of .369
for jump shots (65% of his shots). He has a passing rating of 8.3 and a hands
rating of 18.7. His PER (48 minutes) is 11.9 (PG) and 11 (SG) while he allows
opponents a PER of 16.9 at PG and 19.5 at SG for nets of -5 and -8.5.He may be a local, a Sloan Pet and make some spectacular gambling plays.
However, Gaines is a far better player who should know the system by now. Price refuses to make the changes that would the team and make the
second team run the way it should. It is all about him and his show boating
gambling plays. Sloan playing Price is evidence that he does not
always do what is best for the team to win. Gaines or another true PG would help
i am sorry but this is not high school, or college. U need talent to win in the
nba. I know that coach will get everything he can out of the players we have but
talent wins and we lack talent. go jazz.
Bugoff hit it with Milsap better now because his offensive game is more
versatile and his outside shot better.You guys not hanging with Fes yet,
remember another big center named Shaq in the mid 1990s...people said he was too
soft, needed to be more aggressive at the rim, and he responded big time. Most
of the time in the last 10 years, though, he has just banged people in the chest
and dunked. Well, Fes is a better dribbler than Shaq already, almost as good a
passer as Shaq already, and just needs to finish around the rim better. Show us
Fesenko!!You guys railing about lack of 3-point shooters on Jazz, well
there are 3 healthy ones...William, CJ, and now Hayward. CJ has to learn to set
his body right (no lean left or right) before launching his 3s...watching Kobe
on film would help him with that.One more thing about Hayward...he, like
Kirilenko, can rebound and dribble up half the floor, but Hayward has better
foot speed. Look for Hayward, Williams, CJ, Matthews fast
The inside game is only efficient if the paint is not packed. The outside game
is efficient if the Jazz have a strong rebounding team (that is one way LA kills
them).Defense wins championships. The Jazz are losing players who
excelled at offense but were poor on defense. The Jazz have to ad
back shooting, rebounding and defense. They have already lost out on most of the
FAs who would help. Brown's WP48 is higher than Price's but most of
his other numbers are worse. Okafor has a WP48 of .151, salary $10.5. Not a good
deal. However, the Jazz are likely to get a trade later in the year
and get the right players. The right PF/C is not in FA this year.
They are not in the Lux tax any more so they could get Mahimni for
cheap as an insurance player. They also could pay Amundsen instead of let him go
to DEN. Either of those moves would shore up the depth at big. They
HAVE to get a shooter. They are 1 injury away from being in trouble.
They need players with NBA experience.
@Doug10- while I agree with what you said, Millsap has added something to his
game every year. Last year he improved his jump shot and his ability to beat
people of the dribble. He is also improving at scoring with his back to the
basket.My prediction is that Millsap will be a top 10 PF by the end
of the year. He doesn't have the abilities that a West and even a Randolph
have, but he makes up for it just by being such a stud every single time he
page - you're right. This isn't high school. So stop using that Junior High
shorthand.The Jazz haven't been a bad 'team' since 1982. Yea, they
only won 26 games in 2004-5 but that was still twice as many as the Nets win
this year and they had suffered some injuries. In the last 26 years they've had
one losing season. Let's all stop hanging our heads and have a little faith.
Hasn't anybody hear of Jim Valvano? Was his NC State team better than anybody
on the 83 March Madness?
Until now this has been Boozer's team. It reflected Boozer's personality. He was
soft and played when he wanted to. Sloan kissed up to Boozer. The
offense went thru Boozer. He had all of the power. He padded his stats. He
insisted he was a starter. Sloan caved. AK played back up for the good of the
team. Boozer? Not a chance. This is now DWill's team. It will
reflect DWill's personality. That is a vast improvement. DWill WILL get on
players for not performing. He plays hurt and plays to win. He is not just a
money man. The Jazz can move forward now. IF the Jazz
get the right players to max the flex the DWill team will contend. The Jazz need to add some short team insurance players and add the Right
players as they get the right opportunities. By the lock out they
may be a contender if all goes well. They are very good at
evaluating current NBA talent. It will take time to get the right 8 or 9
players. This fall is going to be very rough if they do not add
shooting and rebounding.
This is really going to be a blue collar team next season. No prima donna's or
pretty boys here. Jerry's "Lunch Pail Kids" or something along those line. I think we can all agree after five or so years, that Boozer clearly
wasn't the guy to get us past the Lakers, and to the promised land. If the Jazz
had resigned him at the price the Bulls offered him, it would have told me that
as an organization they were happy with just continuing to be good, but never
great. I think the Jazz made the right call not bringing Boozer back. Korver did spread the floor, and was a nice shooter, but he never averaged
very many points, and was very streaky. He was simply a "luxury" the Jazz
decided was overpriced in comparison to what he actually contributed on the
floor. Hayward, Koufos, and Evans all impressed me to varying
degrees in the summer league. All would be assets coming off our bench.I'm going to really get behind this team, because it's a hard hat kind of
group. Sloan won't let them suck.
The ship did not sink because of 2 shipmates! Just pick up the pieces and go
forward with more conviction than you had before the setback. What else is
there? No one lost their life, afterall this is "just" a game. The sun will come
up this fall, quit the whinning and look forward not backward fans!
Bugoff: I think CJ will come back and shoot better this year than last. Last
year was his worst year shooting and I think he hated how he shot, I'll be
surprised and frustrated if he doesn't shoot alot better. CJ started to go to
the hole alot more towards the end of the year and should improve in that area
too. Rebounding is an area he needs to improve on but that will depend on his
mind set if he is determined to get more rebounds, he will improve in that area.
The center position is a major concern especially with Okur out for a
while but his being out for a while could be a blessing, as Fes and KK should
get the minutes they need to develop. I think both Fes and KK can be major
rebounders and an upgrade defensively, especially controlling the paint.I
think it will take Hayward some time to learn what he needs to do to be
effective but he is smart and talented and I think he will contribute sooner
than alot of people think.
Re True Fan : Good post again: I'm getting tired of all the naysayers that post.
Be positive and look for the good in people, players, team, this team will be
better than people think. If we can avoid injuries. Talent wise we are thin but
by 2011 things should be in good shape. They can bring Tomic over and have two
first round picks next year. Wtih the TE's they have they will have the
flexibility to find some quality players but do it in a financially smart way if
they don't make moves just to make moves. They need to bring in the right
players not just any player.Stay positive people!!!!!
I remember a film clip the year after Malone and Stockton were gone. Sloan was
with he team made up of a few good players and a bunch of journeymen who had
been cast off by other teams.He told them they were going to do a
lot better than most people thought they would. Everyone expected 10-20 wins,
and the Jazz delivered 42.Most of you guys see the glass as pretty
empty. This team has a ton more talent than that team did, and I am confident
they will surprise.Not likely a championship team, but a solid
team... likely in the playoffs, and very well positioned for the future.Come on guys. This glass is way more than half full.
I agree with Scalman. Fes has the potential to be as good as Shaq and better
than Ming. It may take him another 2 years to develop. I think
Koufos will improve rapidly as he gets playing time. He rebounds very well. His
shooting is going to take time. He has to develop BOTH hands. He gets blocked
because he is one hand dominant (Monroe).Both Fes and Koufos need to
improve on defense. The timing of their switches is a big problem. That also
fixes with playing time with the starters. I tend to disagree with
Scalman on the 3 point shooting. Even with Korver the Jazz did not have enough
good consistent shooters who could spread the floor and run an alternative
offense. The Jazz appear to be preparing a speed/fast break team.
However, they also need the traditional Sloan flex and that takes rebounding and
more outside shooting. They need a couple of player with NBA
I agree with Jerry that other players will need to play better... but how about
trying to get some better players as well?
I think OKC has a system of young talent that some teams are trying to copy
andhoping they get and find the succes that the Thunder did last season.
Well O.K. Bugoff, maybe I was premature on Jazz 3-point shooting being solid
with Williams, CJ and Hayward, but I'm thinking like Captain L that CJ's shot
will improve. Hayward might not be playing many minutes for the first half of
the season, so I'm going to be more realistic but still optimistic and say the
Jazz will barely make the playoffs this year, but by the time the playoffs
begin, they will have solid outside shooting. I'm thinking too that it would be
a smart move for the Jazz to stick with skyman Evans and maybe skip bringing in
Raja Bell. Also, I like the way Gaines and Price battle, but the Jazz definitely
need a better back up point guard
Miles is going to pick up his game? LOL. Please Sloan, stop it.
RE: cval | 2:15 p.mAnd by doi9ng better than should havenhow did help team in long run,how did getting worse draft
picks than they should gotten help them?overachiveing when
you are rebuilding is a bad move.instead of getting dwight
howard, okafor , luol deng, deven harris, childress, jefferson, josh smith or
igoudala, they got kris humphies and snyder, and sign boozer and
okur, how did that help them in the long run?sloan did
the jazz no favors.
Captain LGive me and all of us a break, I like you but do not become
Doug10State of Utah: This is all happening because you wanted it
toSLoan "we all have to pick up theyr'e games"DWIL can
hardly wait to leaveO Conno and your championship rostrthe one positiveis maybe O Connor does nothing, and then the Jazz
do nothingforcing frustration and for "jer and his Sloanaholics to
quit"Boy that would make me a happy happy boy
Maybe what needs to happen now is for Sloan to retire, play with the players we
have and some more D leaguers and get the top pick in the draft and draft Perry
Jones. I don't know if DWill could live thru a season like that but the
way things are going it could happen.I'd love to see Sloan retire and
bring Horny in and change the way we play, Horny has the background of playing
in Sloans system but I'm sure he has his own philosophy, I would like to see
what he could do.Unless the Millers are willing to spend alot of money and
pay a lot of luxury tax penalties things are looking pretty bleak. I like to be
positive and will still try to hope that KOC will find a way to bring some
decent players but things aren't looking too good right now. Todd, being
positive and hopefull is the only way to be happy. You ought to try it.
People keep bringing up the year Millsap filled in for Booz. Well he played
great and wore down towards the end, but he played through the injuries that a
lesser man would've milked. The fact that he broke down only stresses the
importance of a quality back up. He shouldn't be forced to play 40 minutes a
night. Also, like a few posters have already stated, he has added quite a bit to
his offensive game. He used to get by on sheer hustle, but he has developed a
trusty 15ft jumper and he can finish around the rim with both hands. The Lakers
series proved to me that he is ready to handle the load. His rebounding #'s were
lower than Boozers but he outperformed him in nearly every other category. I'm
excited to see what he can do. My estimates of 15 and 10 are on the low side of
what I think he could possibly do.
Sloan says CJ Miles is "terrific." If only the Jazz had 5 CJs. Then they could
break an NBA record by loosing every game. No tickets for me this year. This is
no longer fun, just sad.
classic jerrrrry ! nute rockny couldn't have said it any better ! lets see this
john deere man pick up his game, better yet stand once in awhile during a game &
show some emotion ! His locker room speaches at halftime causes people (players)
to fall asleep at church & in the locker room !!! Time to send Jerrrrr out to