ok ok so I am down on Dwill. He is a very talented guy but I did not like his
attitude in even his rookie year. Has everyone else forgotten that he skipped
his meeting with Stockton before his rookie year because he "had to go pick
up his new Mercedes?" I really hope Harris is successful. Perhaps, I am
being too optimistic.
I like Harris. I think he is a back up, not a starter, but he is a good point
guard. I think he does the following well:1- Pushes the ball2- Penetrates well3- Good energy, has good quicknessHe needs
to improve the following1- Turnovers- He can be erratic at times2-
Defense- Needs to use the quickness to his advantage and play better defense3- Screens- That is what Stockton was so good at that people do not realize.
The Jazz offense relies a lot on screens. Stockton was called a dirty player
because he set such good screens. Harris is not Stockton, but it is an
essential part of the Jazz offense.4- Shooting- He can score, but is not a
great shooter. He is still early enough in his career, he should be able to get
more consistancy in this area.
I am typically the optimist for the Jazz, but I'm not sold on Harris yet. I am
not seeing him pass the ball, and we were chucking up shots at the last second
most times down the floor. Worse than anything, I noticed that every time
Harris was on the floor, the Blazers were getting wide open jumpers. He simply
will not rotate. If he has "record breaking speed" then he should be
able to rotate better than anyone else on the floor. I would love to see Harris
and the trade exception go to some other team for someone who can really run the
offense. Weren't the Celtics trying to shop Rondo out? I would take him in a
Locke just posted that SI has us finishing 26th and nba.com has us finishing
27th, if that happens we will get the 4th or 5th pick in this next draft. This
is a strong draft , so it wouldn't be a bad yr to be so bad but I don't really
think we'll be that bad. They have GS finishing 8th and 11th worst, if these
predictions prove accurate we will get two more good lottery picks. Time will
tell but it looks like we need to be patient. I hope Hayward and Favors have
I think Earl does a better job calling plays and feeding the ball then Harris
does. Harris is kind of a run and gun shoot first PG, who wants to speed up the
game and play small ball. If the Jazz drift too far away from Sloan's original
system stop calling plays, and try to play one on one, they will end up in the
lottery every year.
Ed, your way out in left field with your comments, DWill may not have been the
best leader but he was way better than Harris (so far), DWill would at least
look to get his teammates involved and then if they weren't available, then he
would take the shot. Harris looks to shoot first and that is why he has such a
low assist rate. I'm not impresses with Harris assist wise or on D, even his
offense is questionable. I hope he proves he can be the leader we need but so
far he stinks. The Jazz need to use the trade exception to get a better point
guard or get one in the next draft.
I keep hearing the hype, but so far not too impressed with Harris- seems too
selfish for my taste in a point guard. I was very impressed with Cantor's play
last week, it has been a long long time since we had a center (or anyone in the
middle for that matter) who is willing to play position defense. Favors also
If he can play within the offense, we don't need him to be a dominating
presence. He needs to be a leader, and get guys involved/score. Having a
dominating PG isn't a recipe for wins. We need a 2 that can score/create their
own shot, and interior defense.
EdDWill was a cancer to our team since day one? Wow. Did you watch
any Jazz games during that span, or do you simply blame him for Jerry Sloan and
say he was like that all the time? There is a reason our team was a mess at the
end of last season and has continued to be one.Anyway, I hope Harris
can play well for us. I think he can do what we need him to and can help lead
don't think a hamstring kept him from passing the ball, not much of a excuse. i
only seen one game so far but looked worse this year. better use the trade
exception. earl looks better than him and when they play a good team they make
earl look preety bad.
Unlike the other comments here, I think Harris is an improvement over D-Won't.
The latter was a cancer to the team from the first day. His constant whining
about not starting, his pouting over PT, his freezing out of team-mates. I am
glad he is gone. I was tired of watching him walk the ball up the court, just
to pass it, eventually, to his pal, Boozer. Harris's speed and energy are
encouraging and his attitude is a huge improvement over D-Wont.He is
the only real veteran on this team of young guys. If the kids are not in the
right place on offese, Harris is going to take the shot, himself. D-Won't would
have tried to throw passes to them that he thought they could not handle. Let's
support the guy. It is no wonder players want out of Utah. The critics on
these threads are too negative.
As the point guard on this team, the distributer, it is vital that he get
everyone involved in the offense. So far we have not been seeing that. He is a
shoot first type of point guard with a scorers mentality. delivering the ball to
his team mates is more of an after thought. If Harris becomes the type of point
guard we really need on this team I will be pleasantly suprised. I hope he
proves me wrong.
I'd rather want Kirk Hinrich...playing PG...a solid defender...could shoot an
open trey...and is a pass first PG...for me...Harris is at his limit...way too
injury prone...and looks to shoot rather than to pass...
Every knew that Harris is no John. I want him to be a play maker and a person on
the floor who makes every one around him better. He may also have leadership
skills which is some thing the Jazz need badly. I want Harris to prove he can
turn this young talent into a force to feared. We have a chance to be huge this
season if guys are unselfish and the Jazz gel together. I have yet to see signs
of the Old Harris. He has the quickness and range. I hope he can do what the
Brass expect from him.
At least he looks a lot like D-Will. That's gotta count for something
What I want to know is can he step it up on defense? Jefferson and Harris are
the worst defenders on the team.