Utah Jazz basketball: Big men making strides, giving Jazz good chances to win

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  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Nov. 16, 2012 4:59 p.m.

    Great metaphor...human rain delay...had a good laugh on that one. I too think that Favors starting would lead to a wider + / - differential. Besides, the Jazz will get better guard scoring this year with Foye and Mo and eventually, Mr. Alec Burks, so a little less scoring with better defense on the front line is a good trade-off.

    I'm seeing Burks coming on as the backup point guard, should Williams or Tinsley get hurt. I still think that Burks, Kanter, and Favors will be starting next year, so I'm willing to be patient until then.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Nov. 16, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    Jefferson is a huge liability on defense! Even if his offensive game is better, he is too slow on both ends of the court. Most of the time he holds the ball way too long, giving teams a chance to double him. His passing ability is worse than any big man in the league. He was traded by Boston and Minnesota for a reason, he's a human rain delay. He looks good against other slow big guys, but anybody with an athletic bone in their body go's around him with a half baked hair fake. The entire team gets more fouls called on them when he fails to rotate on defense. I'd trade this guy for a cheese sandwich and a pack of Twinkies. Millsap is the man to keep, Favors will get better with minutes, and Kanter is a twenty year old that hasn't played much. Kanter beat Dirk Nowiski's scoring record at the Nike Hoop summit. If you think Jefferson's slow (but decent) offensive skills are better than Favors, subtract the amount of points he gives up in the game by allowing slam dunks, and layups on the pick and roll.

  • LAJazzFan Los Angeles, CA
    Nov. 16, 2012 2:46 p.m.

    The problem with the big 3 lineup is that keeping Marv or Hayward as the SF might actually present a better starting 5. Sap's 3pt shooting percentage is not going to be 70% in every game,and if he spends quality minutes at the SF will probably drift closer to 30%. He is too slow to keep up with the fast wings on the perimeter. Marv or Hayward can keep up with the wings, still present size and will be better outside shooters over the course of the season.

    Sap is a great talent, but anchoring the second unit in his natural PF position (he would dominate) and shifting some minutes to Favors (who can cover Al's defensive deficiencies) would be a better option for the team, in my opinion.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Nov. 16, 2012 10:53 a.m.

    First of all it was clearly pointed out that Jefferson does not want to be traded to Boston but just said that was his first home and he likes Boston but he made it clear he does like playing for the Jazz. So there are no rumors about Al getting traded to Boston. I also agree that right now Jefferson is more valuable to the Jazz than Favors and he is one of the best post players in the game offensively. But Favors has so much potential that Corbin needs to get him more playing time. I've said before I would like to see Favors, Jefferson and Millsap start and Favors now needs to be playing 30 plus minutes a game. Kanter can be called upon to back up both Favors and Jefferson so that Kanters minutes can increase gradually. I also think Burks needs more time on the floor to develop his game too but it's tougher to get him him while Foye continues to play well

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Nov. 16, 2012 9:53 a.m.

    Favors is not better than Jefferson. Defensively, yes. Offensively and all around, no. He doesn't have an offensive game, his points come on hustle and garbage plays. That is great, but if the jazz lost Jefferson they would be alot worse than they are now. Why not keep Favors as a backup like they have been doing and give him 25 minutes a game?

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Nov. 15, 2012 8:35 p.m.

    Not to worry, there's already rumors of Al Jefferson wanting to go back to Boston. If the Jazz did the trade now, that would give them the opportunity to keep Paul Millsap around (which would be my preference).

    A lineup of Millsap, Kanter, and Favors would be a tough matchup for any team. Great rebounding and solid defense, Jerry Sloan would love that team.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 3:44 p.m.

    Wouldn't it be great if Ty Corbin realized how great Favors was and actually played him the minutes he deserves. I'm so tired of watching Al Jefferson make no effort on the defensive end of the floor, especially when Favors is willing to play both ends of the floor.
    The best thing the Jazz could do would be to trade Jefferson, he's a defensive liability and a black hole on offense.