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Published: Monday, May 9 2011 11:45 p.m. MDT

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Bugoff
Houston, TX

The Griz are for real. Since losing the inefficient and expensive Rudy Gay they have adopted Sloan's approach of pounding the ball inside with great results. They have Z BO and Gasol inside. They also have guards who can shoot. It works, it jumps their team WP48 into contention.

For years the Jazz had Stockton to Malone or DWill to Boozer. The whole team was designed around them. It produced consistent playoffs but nothing more.

Boozer has been replaced by Millsap who is not as polished (yet) offensively. Harris, a slasher, is low on assists and shooting percentage has replaced DWill who was good at both.

AJ a true inside specialist has replaced Okur. AJ's WP48 is 2-3 times greater than Okurs for most years.

For the Jazz to be successful they have to have wings who can shoot.

DWill and Okur could open up the inside for Boozer. Millsap can extend his range some. Harris is not a consistent outside shooter.

The wings have to open the inside up for AJ and so Harris can slash.

The wings also have to defend to fix the pick and roll problems.

Wings are the top priority.

Bugoff
Houston, TX

Note: I am not saying to abandon Sloan's approach. I believe in efficiency.

I am saying that the key to the Jazz future success is now in the wings. They have to defend better and also shoot well enough to force open the inside and keep it open.

That creates room for AJ inside. He is world class in the low blocks. It also makes Harris much more efficient. He needs more assists but he can't carry the outside shooting.

The approach and nature of the flex has changed and has to change, Stockton/Malone and DWill/Boozer are gone.

Note: the GRIZ have several shooters. They improved with the loss of Gay as the approach moved from Gay gunning to efficient play by Gasol and Z BO.

The Jazz have no choice but to follow this model if they want to win.

They will be just as bad next year if KOC/Miller do not get wings who can shoot and defend.

Corbin has to open the inside but he also has to insure that the wings do not replace the inside game.

It is a matter of efficient balance.

Draft/trade/dive for wings.

Bugoff
Houston, TX

One more thought. The Griz were hitting on all cylinders even after Mayo and Conley fouled out as Vasquez hit his early shots. But when Vasquez faltered they hit the wall.

If you don't have guards making shots the inside game falters. That sums up the last half of the year for the Jazz. Next year they can chase the TWolves for the bottom or they can contend.

It all depends on getting the right wings with enough D and consistent shooting.

There are other weaknesses but the wings are the priority. Especially with 2 PGs who can't shoot. Who in the draft can shoot, defend and contribute next year?

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