Those of us supporting more minutes for Favors, Kanter and Burks want to see
more consistency, too. This will happen as these players gain more experience,
which comes of course after playing more minutes. I see some clouds lifting
after the trade deadline. 21-19 is not so bad considering the amount of road
games that the Jazz have played so far. I see a stronger second half and good
playoff run (higher seed and win at least one series) for this deep team. Go
The injury to Mo Williams was devastating in regard to consistency. Right now,
that is the big problem. Big Al has been playing well since the well publicized
death of his grandmother. That is a nice story. However, either AJ or Sap is on
the trading block with their expiring contracts. The Jazz have a plethora of
expiring contracts. In addition, Favors and Kanter need to play. At the end of
the year, the Jazz could make a big move with plenty of cap room space. They
could trade for or draft a top notch guard. They did that with D-Will. I
wonder how that worked out!
The injury to Mo HAS hurt consistency- but only because he is a shoot-first
guard who insisted on being the goto guy- with poor results. Now the Jazz have
an opportunity to develop a better goto guy. Anyone really prefer Mo launching
a double-teamed 3 at the end of the game to Hayward driving? Mo is
the 37th best point guard in the league rated by his PER. Hayward is the 19th
best shooting guard, with the bulk of his numbers coming since Mo went down.
Since Mo went down, Demarre moved up to the 17th! spot for small forwards,
Millsap to 4th and Al to 9th in their positions. All improved dramatically
without Mo.It will take some time to settle down and work out
leadership, but the Jazz are better without Mo.
Correction: Hayward is #10 among shooting guards.
It would be better if Mo would take plenty of time off to heal his leg to make
sure it is 100% before trying to practice. Then he should practice up on passing
the ball to set up his team mates for good shots.