Nice article Jody. Sounds like the bigs are ready to play! Ready to rumble! It
get's me stoked for the up coming season! Go Jazz!
Great that all four come to camp in good shape, but the article didn't
exactly mention Derrick Favors defensive ability. That is what separates him
from the other three. That is why he needs to be on the court during crunch
time. His gradual progression as an offensive player is important, too, but he
has already arrived as a standout defensive stopper. I can't wait to see
the quicker Kanter in action also, but he still needs to play lots of backup
minutes this year as he grows offensively and defensively. Milsap, as always,
will be a solid Jazz player offensively with his various moves and put backs off
offensive rebounds and also defensively with his quick hands (like Malone).
Jefferson, hopefully, will be supportive of Favors playing some center this year
since I see Favors as the probable starting center next year.
Derrick Favors separates himself from the other three bigs with his defensive
prowess in the paint. He deserves to finish games and probably start them as
well as either the PF or center for the Jazz. Great to see all four have come to
camp in good shape.
I do wish the Jazz to do the best that they can this year. I would be nice to
have them have a real break out year where they do better than what pundits are
predicting especially in an age where NBA teams like the Heat and Lakers try to
load up on the best players that they can to guarantee championships. It does
look like this strategy has worked for the Heat, but it sure would be nice to
see a little guy (the Utah Jazz) beat the bullies down.
Being deep is a good problem. Everyone talks about the bigs but ALL of the
positions have the problem. I would like to see them send Murph to the D-league
right away so he can get lots of minutes to develope. He might be the dagger
shooter the Jazz have been looking for.
Point taken. I could've mentioned Favors' defensive abilities. For
him, I decided to focus on what he hoped to improve on. I'm sure there will
be plenty of opportunities to discuss Favors' D, though. Thanks for the
Corbin showed his hand in his comments. Corbin is also a free agent after this
season which means he will do whatever it takes to win every night and in this
league veterans win. Big Al and Millsap will be getting the bulk of the minutes
even though it would be better for the long term interests of the team for
Favors to get more minutes.Count on another season of screaming for
the bench players to get more minutes while Big Al witnesses all the pick and
rolls sent his way......again.
I"m sayin maybe it's not that difficult to use 4 bigs. Maybe it's
time to be the "baddest" defensive team in the West. How about we use
all 20 fouls going forward. If you come to our house and try to go to the paint,
you'll have to work hard... ! just sayin...
it doesn't matter who wins the first game of the season. What matters is
who gets 14 wins in the playoffs. You don't play the players that are best
today, you play the players who need PT to be able to produce that 14th win.