Randy Hollis: Utah Jazz: Lineup may be tweaked after break

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  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Feb. 28, 2012 4:04 p.m.

    Jose Calderon would be an outstanding fit for the Utah Jazz. Who knows what rumors have meat to them, but I hope this one has some meat.

    If I were the Toronto Raptors, however, I'm pretty desperate at SF/PF. So the Raptors are likely looking for Favors or Millsap, or possibly pairing Gordon Hayward with a true PG such as Earl Watson. That would be my guess.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    Feb. 28, 2012 1:12 p.m.

    ESPN reporting that Jazz and Raptors have been talking about a trade involving Jose Calderon.

    There's your point guard.

    But -- if you were the Raptors, who on the Jazz would you demand for Calderon?

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Feb. 28, 2012 12:26 a.m.

    Kakashi, Hayward is too slow to play point. He would be unable to guard any PG in the league at his foot speed.

    Another point....I watched Hayward play defense the last two games. I focused on him. He is out of position constantly. He needs to get that fixed. He may make hustle plays but he is horrible in help defense and rotation. He was in no-man-land a lot during the games I watched.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Feb. 27, 2012 6:14 p.m.

    @CJ Miles

    you do know that ever since Hayward started playing ball...he was a PG first...he switched positions in college...he could still play point...they better bid farewell to Harris and Big Al...if possible...trade Devin Harris for Greivis Vasquez + a 1st round Draft Pick(i dont think this is possible since no one would want Harris)...Trade Al Jefferson to the Suns...for Michael Redd and Marcin Gortat...Trade Bell for future 1st or 2nd round pick...Redd would only be a filler...to see if he can go back to his oldself...if he does...he would be a decent trade chip...and we could sell high before the trade deadline...Millsap for sure would not want to relinquish his starting PF slot...people would still say...we still dont have a go to guy...then...the coach should mention this to his team...who would be that guy who'd take the shot...and make it a point that as of now...there is none...and challenge his individual players to improve...and be that man...be the winner for the team...

    Favors - Kanter
    Millsap - Gortat - Evans
    Howard - Miles - Evans
    Hayward - Redd
    Vasquez - Watson - Tinsley

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Feb. 27, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    The solution is simple. Start CJ.

    Burks is not a point guard. Neither is Hayward. You can't take a player and turn them into a point guard. You either have the PG mentality or you do not. It is not something that is taught to a player.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Feb. 27, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    @ Shaybo, I agree with you that Hayward could play point, but he is long & tall & strong enough to play SF and the Jazz are short-handed there with Kirilenko gone and Howard still recovering from last year's knee surgery. So, he will play SG a lot and SF some. I think Burks and Hayward have both shown that they can make different types of passes, some zipped and some with touch. Harris only sometimes has shown me an accurate zip pass, although you guys in Utah see the team more than I do. I think Burks might already be a better passer than Harris, and he is potentially a better shooter and slasher with a finish. The Jazz need a point who looks to dish first, but can also score (like D-Will). Burks, despite his desire to go to the rim, is often very unselfish, a la Hayward. I hope their first pick in the draft is a superior shooter at the SF position.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Feb. 27, 2012 3:06 p.m.

    If your going to make any changes Ty you had better get Sloan's approval first huh?

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 2:34 p.m.

    Starting Howard over Bell doesn't make much sense to me. Bell is the G/SF with the best field goal shooting percentage and best 3-point shooting percentage on this team. Starting Howard simply lets opponents play a zone at the opening tip.

    If we want to develop some of our young talent, we really need to bring in a shooter to help provide some offensive options. AJ and Sap are working overtime every night!

  • NYJazzFan East Elmhurst, NY
    Feb. 27, 2012 10:23 a.m.

    Jazz at close to .500 is better than expected BUT this team can definitely do better. I agree with the idea that there should be a combination of veterans and young players in the starting lineup, which would put some veterans with the 2nd unit.
    Starting: Bench
    pg - Harris: Watson
    sg - Howard: Bell
    sf - Hayward: Miles
    pf - Favors: Milsap
    C - Jefferson: Kanter

    This will give the Jazz some balanced scoring with both units. If Bell plays terrible, than insert Burks. Same for Hayward, and Miles. If Hayward plays terrible, start Miles and if Miles is playing terrible give Evans some minutes. This team can fight for the 6th seed..Go Jazz

  • Hugh G. Hater Swat Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 1:36 p.m.

    Another puff piece by desnews.

    Starting Hayward is not the answer.

    Harris and Watson cannot control the game or score.
    Bell is injury prone and past his prime.

    Show the veterans the door and make some trades.

  • sandrus cedar Hills/ utah, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 12:59 p.m.

    Jazz management needs to implement a long term plan and let Coach Corbin develop the young guys, even if it hurts his coaching record. Playing the veterans will undoubtably lead to more wins this year and better job security for Tyrone but I don't care if they miraculously got in the playoffs as the last seed and lost in the first round. KOC refuses to say the team is rebuilding and as long as they have that mentality the future growth of the team will be stunted. The big question is, would the fans still support the team if they were losing almost all of the games but gaining valuable experience for the young guys and are the Jazz willing to lose of revenue that would result from sacrificing wins and being competitive this year in favor of building something that could be very special in the future. So far, it doesn't look like they are!!

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 11:04 a.m.

    @Scalman, I think Burks is going to be a great player is this league but from the 1 game he did start at point guard looked like more of a Harris type guard and not so much a playmaker. Having said that I can see absolutely no harm in giving him that role and see if he could develop into a playmaker, we certainly have nothing to lose in trying that. I think there might be some hope Hayward at that spot also, what we have now is certainly not working.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 10:56 a.m.

    There is no lineup change Corbin can make that will transform this team into anything more than an 8th seed type team (at absolute best) that would be gone in the 1st round of the playoffs. It's time to accept that fact, set down and determine which players are going to be with this team long term, start playing them major minutes and immediately start shopping everyone else. My list would include Jefferson, Milsap, Howard, Bell and Harris to go on the block.

    Even though Corbin does not believe in shooting 3's you have to have that threat. There is no getting around the fact that the Jazz need at least 2 players that can light it up from downtown, they will never be a top tier team without some outside firepower.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Feb. 26, 2012 10:54 a.m.

    Who the Jazz REALLY are:

    - A team without a superstar

    - A team without a rudder (a bona fide PG)

    - A team without a go-to guy (a la Malone)

    - A team with a starting line-up of support players

    - A team without a three-point threat (or two)

    - A team without a plan (developing players--record be damned)

    - A team without an effective free-throw coach

    - A team with a lot of youth and inexperience

    In essence, a team that has the record you'd expect of them.

    On the bright side, the Jazz have:

    - A team with a number of promising young players

    - Possibilities in trades and future draft picks to further enhance the team's roster

    There's hope, but not for this year.

  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 26, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    The problem I see is that we lack consistent offensive weapons so we go to Big Al on every play, even when he has gone cold, or when he is worn out in the 4th. He is an excellent weapon, but he cannot be our only one. I thought we played well when we treated Milsap like the "go-to guy" occasionally. Also, I wish we would completely adjust our offensive scheme occasionally just to throw off the defense.

    If we end up losing in March like we did in February, we will get a higher draft pick which, combined with our other pick (Golden State I believe), may be able to be packaged with Harris for some other PG. Currently, I think I would take any other starting PG in the league over Harris.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Feb. 26, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    The biggest problem I see with the Jazz is correctable, coaching. The wholesale substitution patterns are a joke. Why do the young guns all have to come in at once together? I think that the veterans need to be split up. The question is, does Corbin have enough backbone to do it. I would like to see him start a couple of the young guns and bring a couple off the bench. Gradually insert the backups within the flow of the game as to not disrupt the momentum. The young guns will develop sooner if the play amoungst the veterans. Personally I would like to see Favors, Milsap, Howard, Burks and Harris (Until he is replaced at the trade deadline) start. If big Al doesn't like it then maybe he can start playing some defense and pass the ball back out to his team mates once in a while when double and triple teamed. It comes down to who is running this team. Is it Big Al or is it the coach?

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Feb. 26, 2012 5:56 a.m.

    I can be patient as long as Burks, Kanter, and Favors are playing considerably more minutes next year. I just checked the list of point guards who are expected to be in the 2012 draft, and the experts are predicting it to be a below-average group for this position. Would any be an improvement over Alec Burks? Are you listening, KOC?