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Published: Sunday, April 17 2011 12:42 a.m. MDT

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Anonigma
Murray, UT

It's a matchup thing.
Milsap can't gaurd Odom at the 4. But he can easily gaurd a Luis Scolla or a Carl Landry at the 4. Milsap's a good defender, his size just hurts him. You can see him making up for his size by his steals. People forget that he's the #1 steal person on this team.

I think Corbin's going to play it differently depending on the day. That's what I like about Corbin.

Now, what about on the days when you're versing the Rockets? Who do you start? Well, you go smaller. Start Harris, Hayward, Favors, and Jefferson. For the 2/3 position, it could be either Miles or better yet, draft someone.

Miles has got to develop on the bench till he pulls out of it. He has to play against easier opponents. That's how he'll pull out of his inconsistency.

Bugoff
Houston, TX

There is not reason to trade Millsap as long as he is a team player (SF and coming off the bench occasionally). Millsap is an above average PF and improving. The front line is NOT the problem.

The Jazz have to add outside shooting. That improves AJ's shooting percentage (efficieny) as he will kick the ball out to a real shooter. It opens up the inside for the AJ/Millsap/Favors. It balances the offense.

Go to 82 games and look up the Jazz Net Per by position. The Jazz are 2+ at PF and C. Both Millsap and Favors are scoring more than scored on. They are .5+ at SF. This should be improved and Millsap can help there.

They are -4.7 at SG (the big glaring problem). This is the primary reason why the Sloan system collapsed this year. The SGs allowed 5 more points than they prevented. The team points differential for the year was -1.9. The average loss was less than 2 points. They would be in the playoffs if the SG differential were 0.

The PG position is also negative. That is how much the SG position effected the Sloan system.

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

Paul may be great trade bait, he has a strong proven style and would complement some players in the league. Unfortunately for the Jazz his foot speed is not great and Jefferson took defensive lessons from Boozer so Milsap can't cover his guy and Jefferson's so those two together spell defeat in this league.

If Paul goes so should AK and Elson and Price and CJ. AK has done the best in the Jazz system but he is spending major minutes hurt now. His body is breaking down. This season and last he missed over 25 games, and even if the Jazz paid him $5 million and he sat for $1.5 million of that it would not be fair to other players.

The Jazz also need to find a home for Fes, he has proven uncoachable, Bell should also go see if he can get on with Kobe and the Lakers as he was a huge disappointment this season not only to himself but the fans as well.

The team needs revamping and that means it is unlikely to see success in the next year or two.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Bugoff.....Did I just read that the SF differential was +? Hummmm....Isn't that where the horrible defender named CJ plays? Bell and Hayward were in the negative. That's strange.........

Motappin
Sandy, UT

Paul Millsap is a stand-up team player who gives us everything he has every night. He can post, pass, shoot with great range, and rebound (I want to see even more of that though). He's a great asset to this team in whatever position.

Motappin
Sandy, UT

Now I have that song stuck in my head. Thanks Jody.

louisiana jazz man
Dubach, LA

like i said before when you'all get tired of watching his game send him on back home. i think you will regrett it who is going to replace him? favors he has done nothing but make a couple of dunks a game fes does that may or may not ever do anything. big al? big al who ain't that big good luck with that . you say he cain't guard ain't seen anybody else that guard better when boz was here he guarded his man and boz man still the same size. now they get big al who has never played def ain't fixing to start. it's a little much to ask a 6'8 man to guard the whole team. utah funnels the other team to the middle so two men have to make the stop on their man and everybody else. who is in the middle? al and millsap. hard enough in the nba to guard your own man without picking up the slack for al cj harris raja who is not a great defender. probly the two rookis will come in shooting 53 percent and great defenders. yea send him packing

Bugoff
Houston, TX

@Miles Your implied point is well taken. CJ is actually okay on D and I rarely give him grief on his D. I do have a big problem with his shooting percentage but this year I began to realize that CJs inconsistency and shooting percentage was partly a function of the poor design/implementation of the latest version of the Sloan flex.

A big part of the meager + at SF on NET PER is AK. He is still the best player on the Jazz as rated by raw WP48 and adjusted WP48.

The Jazz can't lose the top 3 WP48 players (Boozer, DWill and AK) and replace them with players who have 1/2 the WP48 and expect to win much less make the playoffs.

The Jazz can raise the WP48 of AJ and Millsap by adding wings who can shoot. CJ's WP48 will also improve if he has another shooter to help open up the inside. Harris has to assist more and raise his shooting percentage to be an effective PG with the Jazz. Wings who can shoot may help him also.

Signing or replacing AK is a top priority. Another shooting SG is crucial.

Jazz-Nation
Lehi, UT

If we could only be able to clone Milsap! I would start Milsap at the 1, 2 , 3 ,4 and 5! Not really but you gotta love SAP! He is a machine!

GO JAZZ!

LAJazzFan
Los Angeles, CA

Why do people think that a player (just because his height "fits" a certain position) can over the course of a couple of months acquire certain characteristics that he has not had over his entire life???

Evans played center and PF his entire life. I have not seen his ability to shoot from distance or put the ball on the floor. Isn't that what a SF needs to do? Evans is a scrap minutes PF who will impress with his dunks, and hopefully become a defensive pest too. However, given his size and limited skill set, I think his days in the league are numbered.

Similarly, Milsap is a PF- always has been. He can match up with Ron Artest-type SFs. Otherwise, he could be a liability there. I hope that he and Favors split time at the 4 next year, and over time he takes on the 6th man role- which he could be very good at.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Evans will never make it in the NBA.........

Bugoff.......CJ reminds me of Carmelo in his type of game. CJ is good with the ball in his hand and taking guys off the dribble. Carmelo was a 29% 3 point shooter in Denver. In New York he is over 40%. Those are interesting numbers due to change in offensive philosophy in NY. In Utah, CJ should never shoot the 3, but attack the basket. He is a great finisher, when going at the basket. He is a horrible finisher as a set shooter. Now if the system changes, perhaps CJ can be a good 3 point shooter?

As far as Millsap. He is a small 4. Never will be a good 3 except against the Lakers who play Odom at the 3 at times. If the Jazz need Millsap at the 3, it's time to trade him.

Captain L
Provo, UT

Getting Milsap to play the 3 is for the purpose of getting Milsap, Favors and Big Al on the floor together, Favors needs more playing time to develop and we need his D, playing Paul at the 3 allows all 3 to get more minutes on the floor. Right now we don't have anyone that is ideal to play the 3. AK is (excluding his poor shooting), but he is not under contract. That is why I think we need to go for a long, athletic, good shooting 3 in the draft.
Hayward and CJ are best suited to play the 2.
Milsap is a valuable piece to the puzzle, as he can play multiple positions and he works so hard. He's not ideal at the 3 but he can give some minutes there. Depending on who the Jazz draft, I would be apposed to trying Milsap as a 6th man & CJ as a 6th man depending on the match ups. Bigger, less mobile, start Paul, smaller, more active start CJ, neither are ideal to play the 3, but together maybe it wouldn't be too bad.

JazzFanMontana
Hamilton, MT

I think you guys are crazy thinking we should even consider trading Millsap. If Millsap acted as the center piece of our offensive machine, he would easily average 24 pts per game and make the all star game.

Millsap is a very good passer and has a nice outside shot and has shown he can shoot the 3. Putting Millsap at the SF position actually requires other teams to counter and that's a tuff move for most teams. I believe Millsap can play the 3 in quite a few situations. He is quicker than most people give him credit for and better defensively also. He may have a hard time defending some SF but those same players will really struggle guarding Millsap. I love the philosophy. It's very similar to the Laker philosophy. They make the other teams counter for their size. It does not matter that they are slower at the PF and SF positions because they are bigger and taller making scoring a challenge even if you beet them off the dribble. I do think we need to bring back AK and play Millsap at the SF/PF positions depending on matchups.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

@CJ Miles

you cant compare CJ to Melo...why? Melo is better...CJ? perennial role player...Talent wise they are very far apart...and i doubt CJ would be a good 3pt shooter...he takes ill advised shots...i saw him shot a three on the move...without his feet set...i called the shot a miss...and it was...the line wasnt there...it was obvious from the release...but i am willing to give CJ one more year...to prove his worth...if not...we should've given morris almond the shot of 6 years...lol

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

Millsap's leading the team in steals can't be ignored. If he'd only get over the refs, he'd improve dramatically. Sometimes he can't believe he's getting called for a foul when the replay shows it was one. The coaches need to educate him so that he can get the refs on his side with a better attitude towards them.

Comparing CJ to Melo is funny. Melo can put the ball in the hole in ways that make you say WOW! Don't recall CJ doing that to me. Maybe a few little wows, but never WOW!

I can see Favors as Millsap's PF backup for 2011-2012 IF a viable 3 and backup are available. Otherwise, it'll be a messed up lineup again. After awhile, I see Favors working his way into the starter PF position with Millsap backing him up, and maybe then with Millsap getting 3 time (his minutes shouldn't be cut too much even if Favors becomes the starter).

Let's all hope Hayward's late season success carries over to next year. With Miles backing him up at 2, we'll be fine at the 2, finally.

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