There's nothing wrong with a logjam. It will make the players earn their
time instead of feeling entitled to a certain number of minutes. And the
adversity will show what kind of PEOPLE populate the Jazz roster.Last year proved that Raja had picked up an entitled attitude somewhere in his
career. When he wasn't earning his minutes, he showed his true colors when
under pressure. Corbin started him much longer than any fan wanted Bell to be
starting. Yet, even then Bell felt he should get minutes without earning
them.Tinsley also showed what kind of person he is. He never moaned
or complained. While on the bench, he still encouraged and taught the other
players, even those taking minutes at his position. He must have been working
hard in practice because he was ready when his time came. He was consistently
gracious and humble through all he went through last year. I opposed his signing
in 2011. I was ecstatic about it in 2012. If I had a young son, I'd want
him to be like Tinsley, not Bell.How will our other players react?
Let's find out is my opinion.
Opinions are great. The Deseret News just recently published an article talking
about the many players that can now play more than one position. So why not
just put the five best players on the floor for the given situations the Jazz
players will find themselves during a game.
The NBA is a game of nightly matchups. Never especially here in Utah with the
talent that is as competitive as it looks should there be a "set in
concrete" starting lineup. The more balance the better in my opinion.
I agree with u Meadow but as we saw last year that was not the case. In the 4th
quarter no matter how good DF was playing PM or Jefferson would come back into
the game. It also took R Bell getting injured before Burks was given more time.
So i look at it like this Ty has to do a better job with the talent he has. 2nd
i think we need to something different with the 4 and 5. Someone needs to go.
As KOC has said many times, you can't ever have enough big men. Well, the
Jazz do now, but, as you pointed out, they have two undersized big men in
Millsap if he plays PF and Jefferson if he plays center. I think that
Millsap's minutes will definitely go down this coming year, but who knows
what will happen during the next few months. Right now, I see Jefferson starting
in front of Kanter at C, Favors starting in front of Millsap at PF, Marvin
Williams starting at SF, Hayward at SG and Mo at PG. Burks and Kanter should be
a load for the others to try and handle in practice, as their impatience at not
i think its more wise to deal Al Jeff since he had a good statistical season
last year...and getting a role player for the PF/C slot...since we want to
develop Kanter and Favors as the Future C and PF respectively...We need to show
Favors that he is wanted and needed here in Utah...or else he would bolt...when
some team...gives him a huge contract...we want our youngsters to know that
right here is there future and right here they could win a championship...that
being said...we cant win with Al Jeff...people who are saying that it is because
of Al Jeff why we got into the playoffs...clearly haven't watched the
games...box score statistics is very shallow...and it doesnt show how big of a
liability he is...we need a PF/C who would thrive as a backup...with no qualms
of starting or not...i thought Millsap would be that guy...but apparently...he
would prefer to start...i say..Deal Al Jeff now...then Millsap later...
Obviously Mo Williams starts at PG. Tinsley or Watson get back up minutes (tough
call) but maybe Burks plays minutes there as well. That way, if he backs up
Hayward at SG, he still gets close to 25 minutes. Those minutes might not be
enough for Burks though. Burks is developing quick and will have
summer league and camp this year (no lockout issues). The second year guard
could play alongside Hayward if Gordon jumps to SF. Problem there is Hayward is
really a SG. Burks is definitely a SG. There is wing confusion.The
Jazz also have issues at both forward spots the way the roster is currently
constructed. Marvin Williams will need to play SF (PF log jam). If Hayward does
slide over (SF), Marvin's minutes will drop. That's not good, so Burks
needs grooming at the point. Hayward could split time at SG and SF so that Burks
gets more minutes. But if Gordon gets hurt, then the Jazz have lost a big minute
guy at two positions. The SF position was without quandry. Now with
Marvin starting, who backs up? Resign Josh Howard? Kirilenko with a price
reduction? All positions log jammed now.
I think Kakashi's comments are right on! Anyone who thinks Jefferson is
good for this team must not be watching him on defense. There is a reason he has
been traded so often in is relatively young career. The Jazz need to show DF he
is the future. I think Millsap moving to the three was brilliant last year, and
Millsap needs to understand that. I also read that Sap is looking for a huge max
money extension that will make this decision for the Jazz. I also think that we
are over looking the possibility that Jefferson will have more health issues. He
is already showing signs that he will be a IR risk in the future, something SAP
has never been. This team still lacks a true starting point guard! Mo was let go
because he was a tweener, like Harris, like Ronnie Price. I'd say trade
Jefferson and use the money to extend Sap and hope to get a true point guard.
Play Mo at the two and back up point. Is this team planning on playing Burks at
the point? I like Burks!
The Jazz have to play the young guys for these reasons:1- There are
only four ways to get better: Draft, Trade, Free Agents and developing your
talent.2 - Get the youngsters experience. You don't get better
without PT. The Jazz blew a great chance to develop the young guys last year
because not only didn't they play them, they had no chance to practice them
during the compacted season. Last year they could've played them lots
during a shortened season, and their fresh legs would've overcome more
experienced players' fatigue.2- No top-tier free agent is going to
want to come here unless they see the young guys have potential.3- It is
very possible the Jazz blew their best chance of a good draft by missing out of
the lottery last year, so developing talent and attracting free agents requires
Hello guys. Ak coming to town.
I have read on these blogs where some people think KOC is a genius and other
state he is incompetent. With this teams current make up, I prefer to think the
Reports are saying the Jazz are in the hunt to sign Kris Kaman. Hmmm. Sounds to
me like Big Al could be on the move. I think big Al "IS" the log jam
because he has to start and has to play center. I think the right four or five
big men can co exist if they know their roles on the team.
@ A K FanFor reals man?
First off Big Al isn't that bad of a defender, if he plays one on one or
against bigger guys like Bynum or Dwight. The reason Big Al looks bad on D is
that we have no perimeter defenders to keep the guys out there and Big Al is
slow to stop them all by himself. Its hard to ignore his offensive numbers when
he puts up 20/10 a night. He does need to keep the ball moving or shoot quicker
instead of standing there waiting for the shot clock to hit 1. Second, Milsap can play the 3 position on offense not on defense. Milsap
doesn't want to chase guys like Durant and so forth around all night on the
perimeter. If Milsap and accept his role and come off the bench
then he can still keep playing the 4 until the fourth quarter, especially in
close games. Just think of a bench with Watson or Tinsley at PG, burks at SG,
Milsap or another signing at the 3, Milsap at 4, and Kanter at the 5.
Jazz have a deep team that could take them far this season. If not at least the
Jazz have a lot of money coming off the books after this coming season and they
can pick and choose who they want to go forward with.
I think Marvin Williams is a replacement for Josh Howard and Raja Bell, he and
Hayward could switch roles depending on where a longer defender is needed.
Hopefully Marvin shoots better than Raja did.I hear the Jazz are
interested in Chris Kaman, he's a good defender and rebounder who can also
score. If they can get him, the Jazz would probably trade away Al Jefferson
who's been accused of being a black hole on offense. This will enable
Derrick Favors to develop more quickly. Millsap could go back to being a starter
Interesting about Chris Kaman. I've seen him play. He's one of those
guys who doesn't seem to get into it much...often shows lack of aggression
to the rim. No doubt, he is a decent rebounder. Occasionally, he has a big game
stat-wise, but then, not so much. He would make a good backup to Favors at
center, though, if Jefferson leaves in a trade. Yes, I'm thinking more and
more of Favors at center and Kanter at PF. Favors rules above the rim. I'm
already thinking of Westbrook driving to the rim and getting denied by Favors.
Kanter at PF? Away from the basket, who will he guard and how will he score?Replace Jefferson with Kaman? Jefferson plays every night. Kaman may or
may not show up and he never plays defense.Play the kids? They would
be ruined getting their heads beat in every night. And fans would be screaming
when the Jazz are 26-56 with Jefferson and Millsap on the bench.Jefferson a liability? He's the Jazz' only go-to guy. After four
fruitless possession, he can get a good shot. Millsap can't. He gets
swatted or takes low percentage fall-aways. Jefferson led the team in blocks; it
wasn't close for second place. Jefferson gets as many assists/game as
Millsap in comparable minutes. Jefferson has the bulk to defend big centers
(Kanter does also). Favors would be physically overmatched.When I
first moved here in the 1980s, Jazz fans were known around the league for having
high basketball IQs. Now it's come to this. Our MVP is the problem. We want
to put guys where they have little chance of success. We want an offensive
blackhole who has no interest in defense (Kaman).Seriously?