I feel that Burks should have been in the starting lineup since game 1. He did
really good in summer league and has proven that he can drive to the basket and
either get fouled or score. He has been missing some open layups lately, but
that is because he is out of shape. If he sits on the bench like he has most of
this season, then he will likely leave, just like other SG's for the
Jazz.It's time to put Randy Foye at the back up Point Guard
spot. He has the ability to handle the ball well and take the ball up the court
no problem. Watson is a good player for defense, but has missed some horrible
layup shots and is a waste of space on offense. Tinsley has improved his jump
shot but has some inconsistent nights and is not known for his defense. I
personally would put Tinsley in over Watson because of his great passing to
these young players on the Jazz. They need to play Foye at the point guard spot
when Mo is not in and play Burks more minutes at the 2 spot.
@MDPThe reason the Jazz struggle with their starters in during the 1st and
3rd is because the talent level is so close between our starters and our bench.
Thus, we get all of the complaints about the lineup- "x should start, y
should come off the bench. Trade this person etc." Most teams have a
significant change when their starters sit down. We have 8-9 deep of starters,
not all stars, but starters. Millsap, Favors, Jefferson, Williams, Williams,
Foye, Hayward, and others could be debatable. My point is, when playing most
other teams, when our opponents bench their starters, it is as if our starters
never left the floor.Not that it means much, but my starting 5 (with
a healthy Mo)Mo WilliamsHaywardMillsapFavorsJeffersonBenchTinsley (Not sixth man-just 1st back up to Mo)BurksFoyeWilliamsKanterEvansWatson
I don't watch all the jazz games but I watch enough to see the obvious.
I'm a basketball player and a former coach, so I think I can judge talent
and effort. Here's the obvious:1) Hayward is the best player on the
team, he should start and the offense should go through him--not "black
hole" Jefferson.2) Hayward is easily the best defender on the team, he
should start3) Hayward gives the best effort of anyone on the team, he
should start.4) Trade Jefferson for a top rate post defender and
rebounder--if he can score that's a bonus, but it's not necessary.5) This year's Jazz team is not going to make the playoffs, so put your
team together for next year and make players, defenders, scorers and rebounders
out of them.6) Burkes should start7) Starting five is Hayward,
Burks, Kanter, Millsap, Roy Williams8) Second five is Foye, Williams,
Favors, Carroll, Watson, Tinsley...etc.There's a lot of talent
on this team, but Corbin must demand they play defense, rebound and make free
Burke is talented for sure, but he need to pass the ball more and not take shots
all the time. He's like the black hole, give him the ball, and you
won't get it back. I hope to see more of him on the floor.
If Corbin feels so bad about not giving Burks minutes then let us see him put
his money (Burks) where his mouth is. Just because he has older vetrans does not
mean they can play better. And while you are at it Corbin you have a player
named EVANS who could use a liitle time too..
@mdpIn my opinion it's because the Jazz have 12 players who are at a
similar skill level. The starters aren't as good as most teams top 5. But
the bench is much better than most teams in the league. If you started the
bench, and played the starters on the second team then you would see the exact
same thing. Jazz need to be patient and try and pry a superstar away from a team
in a trade.
The obvious observation is that the second team has consistently been outplaying
the first team- my only question is whether it is because of hustle and defense,
or because they normally play against the other teams reserves.The
Jazz always seem to fall behind in the first and third quarters when the first
team plays outside and refuses to defend.
I know I'll be following the Jazz more after the football season. Looking
forward to seeing Burks playing some point (especially now with Williams out)
and he, Favors, Kanter and Hayward playing more minutes. Foye's scoring and
Mo Williams's all-around play have been a plus for the Jazz, but the young
guys need to play, too. If that means sitting Millsap and Marvin Williams more,
that's ok by me.
I would love to see some changes made with the line up. I think the way you play
should earn you more min. If a guy is not doing his job be that even a starter
shorten his min. Why not let the guys who are doing well continue to improve?