Brad Rock: Jazz fans have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about franchise's future

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  • Captain L Provo, UT
    April 15, 2011 3:41 p.m.

    Several people have mentions Burk as a possibility for the Jazz to pick but Chad Ford says his weakness is he's not that good of an outside shot, or at best he is inconsistent, CJ the second, I'm not sure we should use a lottery pick on him.
    Knight is athletic and 6'3, so he could be a good pick, but he seems to be a shoot first pt and although that would be OK, I'd rather see the Jazz draft a pass first pt. I say that and then at the same time I wouldn't mind seeing the Jazz pick Jimmer, Jimmer's shooting is special and the Jazz could really use that.
    I really think the Jazz need to draft to fill the need at the 3 spot, even if AK were to come back, he is getting old and is injury prone. Vesely or TJones would be my pick. I love Vesely's length and motor and versatility. Jones has very good handles for is size and can go inside or outside.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    April 14, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    KOC sounded pretty positive about CJ for next year. He wants AK but it really depends on the money. AK will decide if he is back. KOC indicated Memo needed most of next year to really figure out what he could do (it took Brand a couple of years to recover and play well). I doubt if KOC is trading Memo unless he is a complete bust next year.

    Williams declared for the draft. I doubt if the Jazz get him. I am not sure who they get.

    Claiming Jimmer can't defend is Lame. His first step is very quick and he can stay in front of most PGs about as well as DWill could. He will be playing PG not SG. Or he is a 3 point specialist who spreads the court and prevents paint packing. That alone merits drafting him. How many games would the Jazz have won if they unpacked the paint? No sagging back.

    Burkes and Knight would also be good picks.

    Fes is cheap insurance. Watson deserves to be back.

    The Jazz are going to contend next year if they get 2 or 3 more good players and fix the needs.

  • Jaggie Logan, Utah
    April 14, 2011 11:08 p.m.

    There are a bunch of shooting guards around the league that would love to see Utah draft Jimmer. They already light up the Jazz from the 2 position, so why not make it easier for them.

  • Wombat1247 Mount Beauty, VIC
    April 14, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    Agree with most posters here
    would like to see
    1. CJ back team option
    2. Memo & Bell traded for a 3 or a 5
    3. Draft a 3 & 1 - I like Williams or Barnes, but its a long shot, Jimmer or Knight with the 12th pick - also like Burks
    4. resign Fes - still a big body with right training could be an asset - big players take longer to mature
    5. Let AK go - better long term without him
    6. Price & Elson - gone - thanks but no thanks

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    April 14, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    Jimmer will do just fine in the NBA draft. He can score and is a strong player. Built like Dwill, shoots like Reddick, passes like Hayward and plays defense like a ghost. However Jimmer works hard and will work on his defense. Do the Jazz need him......NO But it wouldn't be the worst thing if they ended up drafting him with the second pick.

    The Jazz need to trade Memo's contract for a perimeter scorer/defender. For 10 million should be someone out there that fits that mold.

    Signing AK would be a huge mistake. It would be like signing Bell. AK's best years are gone and by the time the Jazz are a top team again, a AK contract would be a thorn in their side again. Let him go.

    Fes is a tough one. I would re-sign him.

    I would try to package Bell with Memo to get rid of Bell. However it is possible that Bell comes back strong next year due to his ego and wanting redemption after his poor showing this season.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    April 14, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    The Jazz have a lot of talent AND AJ, Harris, Hayward and Favors will be better next year, if for no other reason than they know the offense and each other. Millsap's range will improve. Okur may be able to contribute. Two lotto picks will help. Watson should be back. CJ will be back.

    On Jimmer, he would have an easier NBA transition with the GS, PHO or NY. However, he would fit in nicely with the Jazz as the 3rd PG with time to adjust/develop for a couple of years while he also contributed as a 3 point specialist in the right match ups.

    His role is going to be vastly different so his game is going to be vastly different. He can shoot. He has a 36 inch vert. He can handle the pressure of 2/3 defenders. He can play D when it is a priority.

    If the Jazz don't get Jimmer they will get Knight, Burkes or a good SF who can shoot.

    The Jazz should be in the thick of things next year. An effective salary cap of 75 or 80 mill would really help the Jazz.

  • atrulson Bothell, WA
    April 14, 2011 3:00 p.m.

    I take issue with the word meaningless" being used for any game. So what if you don't make the playoffs? As long as you hae a house full of fans there is reason enough to play hard.

  • BillM75 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2011 2:57 p.m.

    Jimmer will be picked in the top 14. Only chance he won't is if the Jazz' 12th pick moves into the top 3, and by 12 he may well the best player left the way this draft is shaping up. He'll be fine, so long as nobody expects him to come right in and be Chris Paul.

    I am optimistic about the Jazz. This was always going to be a tough, transistion season, even before Sloan & DWrist left. Some very bright flickers near the end, but we still have a long way to go and will need some luck.

  • ji bae Saint George, UT
    April 14, 2011 2:33 p.m.

    OrlandoJazzFan | 7:49 a.m. April 14, 2011

    Jimmer will not be a lottery pick - check the sports wires. His stock is dropping line a rock - rocks similar to those he threw up in the Florida game

    You have no idea what you're talking about. Guaranteed Jimmer is a lottery pick. Name 14 players that will (not should be, in your opinion) be drafted ahead of him.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2011 2:08 p.m.

    If I understand it right since NJ is tied with Sacramento for the 5th draft spot there will be a coin toss to determine who gets it. The Jazz will also own the 12th pick outright before the lottery.

    They also have the option of buying out Ante Tomic's contract (Jazz would pay about $5 million) this summer to bring him over. If I'm the Jazz I would much rather pay to bring him over right away than resign Fess or Elson. From what I've read if Tomic were in this year's draft he would be a mid to late lottery pick.

    If ever there was a year that the Jazz would want 3 rookies with lottery talent it would be next season.

  • ericNorCal San Jose, CA
    April 14, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    A tag for Oster... in a 7 game series Tag had more blocks in 1 game than Shaq had in the 7 game series when against each other. Whenever tag came to play or was at least trying...and lost his head and got a T-foul. I noticed that Sloan would back up his fight with a Head Coach T-foul too. I just hope the Jazz can find a man with a fight in him every night like Sloan not just once in a while like tag man..

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 14, 2011 12:37 p.m.

    I disagree with you completely. I think next year the Jazz have the potential to be very good. O'Conner has proven that he can pull off the big deals. The Williams trade was brilliant. The Jazz have a core of very good young players, money to spend and two lottery picks to use or trade. Let Kirilenko go I wouldn't mind seeing Bell and price go. Hope Okur can be back in good form though I doubt he will play much next year.
    Unless you can get a very good, athletic center in the draft, go for the best player available and trade Fes or Okur and a lottery pick for a center upgrade if possible.

  • nurse ratchet South Jordan, Ut
    April 14, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    Next year will be exciting if management does some house cleaning. Evaluate who are team players willing to work hard and dedicate themselves. Then get rid of those who don't .....MILES. Figure out what made the team go from such an awsome start to bottom feeders and fix the problem. They tanked long before Sloan and Williams left. Why?? Is everyone in the locker room on the same page?? Fans are getting tired of SOS year in and year out. We want more.

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    April 14, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    Optimistic??? That's pretty funny!

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    April 14, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    Another intriguing thing about next year: Corbin has stated several times that he prefers to "play the matchups" when allotting minutes -- he's not locked into a fixed rotation philosophy.

    So -- how many combinations are available to him?

    Fes is a straight 5, but Okur, Jefferson and Favors can all play either the 5 or the 4. Millsap, Kirilenko, Evans either the 4 or the 3. Hayward, Miles, Bell either the 3 or the 2. Harris and Watson the 2 or the 1. (Not counting Price and Elson -- they are gone).

    Somebody do the math -- I can't. How many possible combos, depending on the opposing lineups?

    This could be the most versatile team in Jazz history.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    April 14, 2011 10:03 a.m.

    Good thought Josemb.....The bulls winning a championship and Boozer getting a ring without coming off the bench. Hillerious thought. Better still, Boozer playing and losing a championship for the Bulls. lET THE DANCE BEGIN.

    My prediction........The Jazz will pulverize the Bulls next year.

  • GoodGuyGary Houston, TX
    April 14, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    I would think Jimmer is a good fit. He can shoot and draw the defenders. I think he is better than Miles anyway.

  • louisiana jazz man Dubach, LA
    April 14, 2011 9:36 a.m.

    millsap is not the only one that has trouble with length al dosen't play well against length favors either same as 99 to 100 percent of all players. millsap and boz together had trouble with length. most players also will play better off the bench against bench players that's why sloan and corbin always pull millsap or al in the first quater to put them back in the second quater. their is a reason favors is not starting just because you make a couple of dunks don't mean you are playing good baskettball. he can only play well for about 5 min at a time. but he dunks the ball one time everybody starts hollering millsap to the bench start favors millsap is too small he has been by far the only consistant player. al 30 points one night 6 the next 5 cj same kirlinko NOT might want to think before you put sap to the bench might not be toom preety

  • Nevada fan Washoe Valley, NV
    April 14, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    No disrespect to coach Sloan, but Kosta is prefect
    example that coach didn't care about developing young Big's. Hopefully they keep Fes and use him (slap him around until he gets serious). You have to admit its was really cool to see Kobe on the hardwood and the big guy throw the ball at him. If he isn't in Utah don't be surprised if isn't a Laker (Kobe seems to go after guys that play him hard). I hope that they trade one draft pick and several players for some veteran knock down shooters. Here's to a very interesting off season.

  • CocoNutzz Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2011 9:12 a.m.

    Lol @ Ostertag over Jimmer. Ostertag was garbage, I can't believe that guy ever played for the Jazz.

    Jimmers stick is not dropping. Its rising. He's gone from a 12th pick to the top 10. Most Draft sites have him going 8th or 7th.

    The biggest need for this team is an athletic 3, who's got length and a 3 point shooter (Derrick Williams please) and another wing player who can shoot from 3. We need shooters badly on this team.

  • CaliforniaCougar Lake Elsinore, CA
    April 14, 2011 8:51 a.m.

    Hmmm ... Jimmer averaged 28.9 when he was THE guy and always had 2-3 guys on him. I think he will do alright being the 3rd or 4th option with only one guy on him. As far as defense goes, shooters play. If you can shoot, you are in the game. He can work on the defense. As far as his height, when is a 6-2 guard considered short? There are many, many NBA guards that are 6-2 or less. Again, if he's getting shots in the basket, he is in the game.

  • Aggie84 Idaho Falls, ID
    April 14, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    Ostertag over Jimmer anyday.

  • Motappin Sandy, UT
    April 14, 2011 8:17 a.m.

    I agree with Brad. Plenty of reasons to be optimistic and excited about the next year or two (hopefully no lock-out). I'm glad Big Al is excited. I feel for him coming here to play for Jerry, with Deron, and get to the playoffs and having those dreams short-lived. But he's happy because he knows things will turn around. This is a special team in the making, with guys who actually like being here, and who lately seem to believe in what they'll be able to do. Personally, I can't wait to watch this team blossom, and I don't think it will take that long.

  • OrlandoJazzFan Winter Springs, FL
    April 14, 2011 7:49 a.m.


    One word: NO

    Jimmer has never played defense which is required in the NBA. He is short in case you haven't noticed. And no NBA team is going to let him jack up 40 shots a game.

    Jimmer will not be a lottery pick - check the sports wires. His stock is dropping line a rock - rocks similar to those he threw up in the Florida game

  • CaliforniaCougar Lake Elsinore, CA
    April 14, 2011 6:52 a.m.

    Two words:

    Draft Jimmer!

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    April 14, 2011 5:46 a.m.

    Okur is not a bonus, he's a liability even if he is healthy. His big contract is a money drain on the franchise with little if nothing in return. We may not be able to afford Kirilenko after his contract expires either. The Jazz are in a rebuilding mode at this time. Hopefully, some good draft picks will help in the future, but as for next season, there is little to cheer about.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    April 14, 2011 5:16 a.m.

    I love the enthusiasm and the optimism. That's a big part of the puzzle and if the team and the fans remain that way things will get better. In times past - when we lost Stockton and Malone or when key players got hurt - we could always say, "Well at least we have Jerry Sloan." I'm hoping Ty Corbin has as much success as Jerry Sloan did. Let's all keep a good thought for Ty. I join Brad Rock in believing in the future of the Jazz. I can't for draft night.

  • josemb navotas, philippines
    April 14, 2011 3:32 a.m.

    well, hope and optimism is all we--the jazz fans--have after this season. gosh, i'd really miss watching the jazz in the playoffs. i hope the bulls win the title. lol. oh wait...that would hurt a lot! imagine; that much hated, much maligned boozer winning a championship? geezzzzz!

  • In My Humble Opinion South Jordan, UT
    April 14, 2011 1:17 a.m.

    Milsap is great if you want to get to 45 games. The problem is, he has the game of a power forward, the heart of a giant, and the height of a small forward. He's more valuable off of the bench, where the mismatch goes in the Jazz' favor because other team's bench players have less length, than he is in the starting lineup where long teams like the Spurs and Lakers and Mavericks and Celtics have too much length for him. Start Favors, let Milsap come off the bench and hand the starters the lead when they come back in.