Utah Jazz: No comparison, Devin Harris is his own-style point guard

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  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    Dec. 27, 2011 6:31 p.m.

    ok ok so I am down on Dwill. He is a very talented guy but I did not like his attitude in even his rookie year. Has everyone else forgotten that he skipped his meeting with Stockton before his rookie year because he "had to go pick up his new Mercedes?" I really hope Harris is successful. Perhaps, I am being too optimistic.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Dec. 27, 2011 8:37 a.m.

    I like Harris. I think he is a back up, not a starter, but he is a good point guard. I think he does the following well:

    1- Pushes the ball
    2- Penetrates well
    3- Good energy, has good quickness

    He needs to improve the following
    1- Turnovers- He can be erratic at times
    2- Defense- Needs to use the quickness to his advantage and play better defense
    3- Screens- That is what Stockton was so good at that people do not realize. The Jazz offense relies a lot on screens. Stockton was called a dirty player because he set such good screens. Harris is not Stockton, but it is an essential part of the Jazz offense.
    4- Shooting- He can score, but is not a great shooter. He is still early enough in his career, he should be able to get more consistancy in this area.

  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 26, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    I am typically the optimist for the Jazz, but I'm not sold on Harris yet. I am not seeing him pass the ball, and we were chucking up shots at the last second most times down the floor. Worse than anything, I noticed that every time Harris was on the floor, the Blazers were getting wide open jumpers. He simply will not rotate. If he has "record breaking speed" then he should be able to rotate better than anyone else on the floor. I would love to see Harris and the trade exception go to some other team for someone who can really run the offense. Weren't the Celtics trying to shop Rondo out? I would take him in a heartbeat.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Dec. 26, 2011 5:39 p.m.

    Locke just posted that SI has us finishing 26th and nba.com has us finishing 27th, if that happens we will get the 4th or 5th pick in this next draft. This is a strong draft , so it wouldn't be a bad yr to be so bad but I don't really think we'll be that bad. They have GS finishing 8th and 11th worst, if these predictions prove accurate we will get two more good lottery picks. Time will tell but it looks like we need to be patient. I hope Hayward and Favors have breakout yrs.

  • Theeng2 Holladay, UT
    Dec. 26, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    I think Earl does a better job calling plays and feeding the ball then Harris does. Harris is kind of a run and gun shoot first PG, who wants to speed up the game and play small ball. If the Jazz drift too far away from Sloan's original system stop calling plays, and try to play one on one, they will end up in the lottery every year.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Dec. 26, 2011 3:21 p.m.

    Ed, your way out in left field with your comments, DWill may not have been the best leader but he was way better than Harris (so far), DWill would at least look to get his teammates involved and then if they weren't available, then he would take the shot. Harris looks to shoot first and that is why he has such a low assist rate. I'm not impresses with Harris assist wise or on D, even his offense is questionable. I hope he proves he can be the leader we need but so far he stinks. The Jazz need to use the trade exception to get a better point guard or get one in the next draft.

  • mdp Bountiful, utah
    Dec. 26, 2011 1:02 p.m.

    I keep hearing the hype, but so far not too impressed with Harris- seems too selfish for my taste in a point guard. I was very impressed with Cantor's play last week, it has been a long long time since we had a center (or anyone in the middle for that matter) who is willing to play position defense. Favors also looks great.

  • Ted's of Beverly Hills Las Vegas, Nevada
    Dec. 26, 2011 12:42 p.m.

    If he can play within the offense, we don't need him to be a dominating presence. He needs to be a leader, and get guys involved/score.
    Having a dominating PG isn't a recipe for wins. We need a 2 that can score/create their own shot, and interior defense.

  • Tyler Holladay, UT
    Dec. 26, 2011 11:20 a.m.


    DWill was a cancer to our team since day one? Wow. Did you watch any Jazz games during that span, or do you simply blame him for Jerry Sloan and say he was like that all the time? There is a reason our team was a mess at the end of last season and has continued to be one.

    Anyway, I hope Harris can play well for us. I think he can do what we need him to and can help lead this team.

  • louisiana jazz man Dubach, LA
    Dec. 26, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    don't think a hamstring kept him from passing the ball, not much of a excuse. i only seen one game so far but looked worse this year. better use the trade exception. earl looks better than him and when they play a good team they make earl look preety bad.

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    Dec. 26, 2011 9:23 a.m.

    Unlike the other comments here, I think Harris is an improvement over D-Won't. The latter was a cancer to the team from the first day. His constant whining about not starting, his pouting over PT, his freezing out of team-mates. I am glad he is gone. I was tired of watching him walk the ball up the court, just to pass it, eventually, to his pal, Boozer. Harris's speed and energy are encouraging and his attitude is a huge improvement over D-Wont.

    He is the only real veteran on this team of young guys. If the kids are not in the right place on offese, Harris is going to take the shot, himself. D-Won't would have tried to throw passes to them that he thought they could not handle. Let's support the guy. It is no wonder players want out of Utah. The critics on these threads are too negative.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Dec. 26, 2011 9:20 a.m.

    As the point guard on this team, the distributer, it is vital that he get everyone involved in the offense. So far we have not been seeing that. He is a shoot first type of point guard with a scorers mentality. delivering the ball to his team mates is more of an after thought. If Harris becomes the type of point guard we really need on this team I will be pleasantly suprised. I hope he proves me wrong.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Dec. 26, 2011 8:08 a.m.

    I'd rather want Kirk Hinrich...playing PG...a solid defender...could shoot an open trey...and is a pass first PG...for me...Harris is at his limit...way too injury prone...and looks to shoot rather than to pass...

  • forgetyourself Layton, UT
    Dec. 26, 2011 6:33 a.m.

    Every knew that Harris is no John. I want him to be a play maker and a person on the floor who makes every one around him better. He may also have leadership skills which is some thing the Jazz need badly. I want Harris to prove he can turn this young talent into a force to feared. We have a chance to be huge this season if guys are unselfish and the Jazz gel together. I have yet to see signs of the Old Harris. He has the quickness and range. I hope he can do what the Brass expect from him.

  • Anonigma Murray, UT
    Dec. 26, 2011 2:46 a.m.

    At least he looks a lot like D-Will. That's gotta count for something

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Dec. 26, 2011 12:24 a.m.

    What I want to know is can he step it up on defense? Jefferson and Harris are the worst defenders on the team.