Just for perspective, let us remember that Karl Malone was the 6TH power forward
taken in the 1985 draft. There is still a lot of random luck in the draft. You
never really know how a draft pick is going to turn out. The Jazz's second
pick could turn out to have a more successful career than the first pick. A sky
high draft pick is not the guarantee.Oh, in earlier commend, I left
out Jeremy Evans at power forward. But in reality, he is not a
"starting" power forward. He is not a good match up against Blake
IMHO, if Marvin Williams does not come back, the Jazz have ZERO power forwards
on the roster. That is, Favors plays better at center, and Kanter plays better
at center, and Gobert is definitely a center. The Jazz will be looking to draft
a power forward, so they won't necessarily be looking for Jabari Parker or
Wiggins, both of whom look more like a 3 than a 4.If the Jazz draft
a 2 or 3 with the lottery pick, there will not be enough rotation minutes to
take advantage of Hayward, Alec Burks, and the new pick all on the same roster.
If Raul Neto comes over to the NBA from Europe, the Jazz in no way need another
point guard. (If the Jazz draft a small forward with a high lottery pick, it
would indicate they are preparing for the end of the Hayward era in Utah).Everything points to the Jazz going after a power forward in the
upcoming draft: Julius Randle or Noah Vonleh.
To expand on my previous comment, I really like Trey and think (hope) he will
become a great point guard. This year was a time for him to learn and adjust to
the NBA game but that makes his job harder when he's not playing with some
all star type players. Right now the Jazz have some very good players but
they're young and they're not all star caliber at this time. I think a
team with some great players can get by without a great point guard but a team
with young good players like the Jazz need a great floor leader to make the team
play to its potential. Trey needs to improve his shooting but more importantly
he needs to learn to break down the other teams defense and create scoring
opportunities for his team mates. Trey is not there yet. I think if the Jazz
are going to open their wallets on a serious free agent it should be a point
guard. That will give Trey time to learn from a floor general by coming off the
bench for awhile.
All of us, including me have been referring to out core 4 as the young guys for
a few years now. Well the time has come to let them be the veterans that they
are now. They need to take the veteran minutes that have been given to RJ and
Williams this year. A lot will depend on who the Jazz draft too. Wiggins and
Parker will need a lot of minutes at the 2, 3, or 4 spot and Williams and RJ
would just be taking time from them ( if the Jazz are lucky enough to get one of
these young bucks ). We will certainly bring in some veterans but as been said
before they need to be top of the line talent to be taking minutes from our
guys. I think the Jazz will get a player like that so we will likely see some
different lineups on the floor next year but I for one hope that Alec Burks will
be our starting 2 guard. The point guard needs to be addressed. Trey is
getting better and might be ready next year but this team is a solid point guard
away from improving dramatically.
@dirty hippieRJ will get a multi year deal somewhere...because he is
still shooting over 40% from three point range. I did not profess
to be able to "produce allstar veteran from thin air" but rather simply
made the point RJ is not worth a multiyear deal he WILL get elsewhere
considering the status of our team. He and the Jazz are a different
stages...even he himself said so mid season when he was spouting off before the
trade deadline. I'm simply agreeing with his point. He is decent at what
he does but that is not where the Jazz are at.Hypothetically, given
our current salary cap situation we do have the money to go buy an allstar
veteran and the free agent market is pretty full this year.That
being said the organization has committed to the youth movement and as such they
need to get on with it not muddle around playing average vets while draft picks
sit on the bench.RJ is not a 10th or 12th option shooting over 40%
from 3 point range. Duh.
Willaims and Jefferson will continue to play in the NBA because they have
skills, don't cost too much, they are smart, and they are good guys. I
hope they stay with the Jazz.
John Lucas should be selling popcorn in the stands. He is not an NBA player.
It's all like shuffling chairs on the Titanic, the ship is still doomed...
@ Jazz SourceIf you know of a way to get all star caliber veterans
to appear out of thin air than maybe you should consider sending your resume to
the Jazz front office? There's just no way in this plane of reality that RJ
might demand a big multi-year deal, let alone receive such an offer. If he
doesn't get gobbled up by a championship challenger as the 10th or 12th
option from the bench, the Jazz should do everything in their power to get him
to come back, hopefully with Marvin in tow.
I think the Jazz should let them all go along with their coach Corbin and his
assistants. If the new coach wishes to retain of the assistants he can do it
on his terms.
@ Vera Louise So we have all these young draft picks sitting on the
bench for what then? Jefferson and Williams sucked 48 minutes a night from our
young picks/players who desperately need game experience. If we
need veterans we need allstar veterans that can carry a team to victory and
teach young players how to win. We don't need mediocre veterans sucking up
minutes from young guys who are more athletic and need minutes to get better.Marvin Williams is a young enough rotation player in his prime to
consider bringing back. No chance would I be investing in Jefferson for a in a
big multi year deal at his age. Jefferson still thinks he is a top tier
starter/difference maker.Corbin is a veteran lover and played them
too many minutes given the objective of developing our young talent. That
problem will be solved "in short order though". Watch the news for the
I would be happy to see either Williams or Jefferson come back. What is wrong
with having a veteran to mentor the youngsters? They did a good job this past
year. However, wherever they end up, I wish them good luck and thank them for
what they did this year under difficult circumstances.