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Published: Wednesday, April 13 2011 11:00 p.m. MDT

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In My Humble Opinion
South Jordan, UT

Milsap is great if you want to get to 45 games. The problem is, he has the game of a power forward, the heart of a giant, and the height of a small forward. He's more valuable off of the bench, where the mismatch goes in the Jazz' favor because other team's bench players have less length, than he is in the starting lineup where long teams like the Spurs and Lakers and Mavericks and Celtics have too much length for him. Start Favors, let Milsap come off the bench and hand the starters the lead when they come back in.

navotas, philippines

well, hope and optimism is all we--the jazz fans--have after this season. gosh, i'd really miss watching the jazz in the playoffs. i hope the bulls win the title. lol. oh wait...that would hurt a lot! imagine; that much hated, much maligned boozer winning a championship? geezzzzz!

Burke, VA

I love the enthusiasm and the optimism. That's a big part of the puzzle and if the team and the fans remain that way things will get better. In times past - when we lost Stockton and Malone or when key players got hurt - we could always say, "Well at least we have Jerry Sloan." I'm hoping Ty Corbin has as much success as Jerry Sloan did. Let's all keep a good thought for Ty. I join Brad Rock in believing in the future of the Jazz. I can't for draft night.

Orem, UT

Okur is not a bonus, he's a liability even if he is healthy. His big contract is a money drain on the franchise with little if nothing in return. We may not be able to afford Kirilenko after his contract expires either. The Jazz are in a rebuilding mode at this time. Hopefully, some good draft picks will help in the future, but as for next season, there is little to cheer about.

Lake Elsinore, CA

Two words:

Draft Jimmer!

Winter Springs, FL


One word: NO

Jimmer has never played defense which is required in the NBA. He is short in case you haven't noticed. And no NBA team is going to let him jack up 40 shots a game.

Jimmer will not be a lottery pick - check the sports wires. His stock is dropping line a rock - rocks similar to those he threw up in the Florida game

Sandy, UT

I agree with Brad. Plenty of reasons to be optimistic and excited about the next year or two (hopefully no lock-out). I'm glad Big Al is excited. I feel for him coming here to play for Jerry, with Deron, and get to the playoffs and having those dreams short-lived. But he's happy because he knows things will turn around. This is a special team in the making, with guys who actually like being here, and who lately seem to believe in what they'll be able to do. Personally, I can't wait to watch this team blossom, and I don't think it will take that long.

Idaho Falls, ID

Ostertag over Jimmer anyday.

Lake Elsinore, CA

Hmmm ... Jimmer averaged 28.9 when he was THE guy and always had 2-3 guys on him. I think he will do alright being the 3rd or 4th option with only one guy on him. As far as defense goes, shooters play. If you can shoot, you are in the game. He can work on the defense. As far as his height, when is a 6-2 guard considered short? There are many, many NBA guards that are 6-2 or less. Again, if he's getting shots in the basket, he is in the game.

Salt Lake City, UT

Lol @ Ostertag over Jimmer. Ostertag was garbage, I can't believe that guy ever played for the Jazz.

Jimmers stick is not dropping. Its rising. He's gone from a 12th pick to the top 10. Most Draft sites have him going 8th or 7th.

The biggest need for this team is an athletic 3, who's got length and a 3 point shooter (Derrick Williams please) and another wing player who can shoot from 3. We need shooters badly on this team.

Nevada fan
Washoe Valley, NV

No disrespect to coach Sloan, but Kosta is prefect
example that coach didn't care about developing young Big's. Hopefully they keep Fes and use him (slap him around until he gets serious). You have to admit its was really cool to see Kobe on the hardwood and the big guy throw the ball at him. If he isn't in Utah don't be surprised if isn't a Laker (Kobe seems to go after guys that play him hard). I hope that they trade one draft pick and several players for some veteran knock down shooters. Here's to a very interesting off season.

louisiana jazz man
Dubach, LA

millsap is not the only one that has trouble with length al dosen't play well against length favors either same as 99 to 100 percent of all players. millsap and boz together had trouble with length. most players also will play better off the bench against bench players that's why sloan and corbin always pull millsap or al in the first quater to put them back in the second quater. their is a reason favors is not starting just because you make a couple of dunks don't mean you are playing good baskettball. he can only play well for about 5 min at a time. but he dunks the ball one time everybody starts hollering millsap to the bench start favors millsap is too small he has been by far the only consistant player. al 30 points one night 6 the next 5 cj same kirlinko NOT might want to think before you put sap to the bench might not be toom preety

Houston, TX

I would think Jimmer is a good fit. He can shoot and draw the defenders. I think he is better than Miles anyway.

Ivins, UT

Good thought Josemb.....The bulls winning a championship and Boozer getting a ring without coming off the bench. Hillerious thought. Better still, Boozer playing and losing a championship for the Bulls. lET THE DANCE BEGIN.

My prediction........The Jazz will pulverize the Bulls next year.

Iowa Jazz Fan 2
Cedar Rapids, IA

Another intriguing thing about next year: Corbin has stated several times that he prefers to "play the matchups" when allotting minutes -- he's not locked into a fixed rotation philosophy.

So -- how many combinations are available to him?

Fes is a straight 5, but Okur, Jefferson and Favors can all play either the 5 or the 4. Millsap, Kirilenko, Evans either the 4 or the 3. Hayward, Miles, Bell either the 3 or the 2. Harris and Watson the 2 or the 1. (Not counting Price and Elson -- they are gone).

Somebody do the math -- I can't. How many possible combos, depending on the opposing lineups?

This could be the most versatile team in Jazz history.

Corona, CA

Optimistic??? That's pretty funny!

nurse ratchet
South Jordan, Ut

Next year will be exciting if management does some house cleaning. Evaluate who are team players willing to work hard and dedicate themselves. Then get rid of those who don't .....MILES. Figure out what made the team go from such an awsome start to bottom feeders and fix the problem. They tanked long before Sloan and Williams left. Why?? Is everyone in the locker room on the same page?? Fans are getting tired of SOS year in and year out. We want more.

Eagle Mountain, UT

I disagree with you completely. I think next year the Jazz have the potential to be very good. O'Conner has proven that he can pull off the big deals. The Williams trade was brilliant. The Jazz have a core of very good young players, money to spend and two lottery picks to use or trade. Let Kirilenko go I wouldn't mind seeing Bell and price go. Hope Okur can be back in good form though I doubt he will play much next year.
Unless you can get a very good, athletic center in the draft, go for the best player available and trade Fes or Okur and a lottery pick for a center upgrade if possible.

San Jose, CA

A tag for Oster... in a 7 game series Tag had more blocks in 1 game than Shaq had in the 7 game series when against each other. Whenever tag came to play or was at least trying...and lost his head and got a T-foul. I noticed that Sloan would back up his fight with a Head Coach T-foul too. I just hope the Jazz can find a man with a fight in him every night like Sloan not just once in a while like tag man..

Salt Lake City, UT

If I understand it right since NJ is tied with Sacramento for the 5th draft spot there will be a coin toss to determine who gets it. The Jazz will also own the 12th pick outright before the lottery.

They also have the option of buying out Ante Tomic's contract (Jazz would pay about $5 million) this summer to bring him over. If I'm the Jazz I would much rather pay to bring him over right away than resign Fess or Elson. From what I've read if Tomic were in this year's draft he would be a mid to late lottery pick.

If ever there was a year that the Jazz would want 3 rookies with lottery talent it would be next season.

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