Utah Jazz: Jazz's Foundation Five could see more time on the court together

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  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 11:48 a.m.

    I like the name of the "foundation five". Letting them gel together is what is important. Would agree with Terry using Evans as the sixth man. I would use him in both the 4 and 3 spots. Gobert with the older vets and Evans would be a pretty good bench. A little over three weeks for the trade deadline. I would hope the Jazz could pick up some good pieces. RJ and Marvin would help a vet team in the thick of the playoffs. Take a player they don't use and a pick and there you have it. Beans and Rush could also be used for some pieces. Marvin has made his money so he could be resigned for a much lower contract.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Jan. 27, 2014 11:02 a.m.

    Obviously, this has been a frustrating year not only for the players but the fans as well. The idea is to develop players but not to win. They want a chance at a big draft choice. The Kings come to town tonight. They have not been playing Cousins or Gay, their two best players. The winner of the game moves out of last place in the West with a fading chance of a high draft choice. David Stern is retiring. A new commissioner will have to make some big decisions to keep the NBA from just being a playoff organization. I have already read allusions to the Miami Heat being so good that they don't even care about the regular season. The idea is to make it tougher to get into the playoffs. Sure, it is all about money. The East may have three teams with losing records in the playoffs. Good teams in the West will chew each other up including Golden State who are coming to town on Friday in an effort to earn the right to play the Heat in the Final.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    I think it is about time to stop referring to what Burkes does off the bench a "spark". He averaged better stats and shooting %'s than Hayward has as a starter!

    Thankfully Hayward has started shooting better %'s of late but this is a career trend of his. He starts poorly and gets better as the season progresses.

    Reality says starting all these guys will likely cause issues. Alec Burkes needs the ball alot to do what he does. There are only so many possessions to be had. Kanter demands the ball in the post (and he is like his mentor...a black hole) he rarely passes out of the post. Trey Burke shoots a bit more than I care for.

    There probably is not enough ball to go around to let them all do their thing. Some of them will inevitably not be utilized in relation to their skillset.

    Playing Favors and Kanter together? Neither one of them can guard a stretch 4 who shoots outside. Kanters defense, especially pick and roll, is like Al Jefferson. Absolutely awful. Conversely his footwork is off the chart amazing for a player his age/experience.

    I say trade Kanter for value.

  • gehelmke Bastrop, TX
    Jan. 27, 2014 9:07 a.m.

    Interesting that the core group has only been on the court as a unit for 31 minutes the entire season...Give or take a minute or two, that's 1.5% of the time. And more than that, it's indicative of the fact that Ty Corbin has ignored the program Dennis Lindsey set in motion when he didn't re-sign any of the vets from last year's team....This year was supposed to be a year when the core group spent a lot of time on the court together, both to get game experience, and to get to know each other's habits, likes, etc. I remember comparisons to the way Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Timmy Duncan know each other.

    It hasn't happened. Instead, Corbin has had two vets who will be gone next year out on the floor for a total of some 2,274 minutes...in an effort to satisfy his own agenda.

  • jamsenior SANTAQUIN, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    People underestimate RJ's leadership value as well as Marvin. I want the young to play a lot but the reality is they are still learning.. RJ has been there and done that before in most situations. Good vets are still needed. Show me a championship ring made up of 5 men 22-24 yearsold. There isn't because of inexperience. Very seldom do you see a rookie lead team to victory. Those that have are all in Hal of Fame. Magic and bird are the only one in recent years. It even took Jordan 4-5 years before he could win championships because they had to get the right coach and players and then build chemistry..

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    Jan. 26, 2014 9:58 p.m.

    Well Well, Jody has decided to put on, "a little gentle pressure". I like it. As for Corbin's plea about the bench points. A second team of the veterans on this squad would probably play well together besides they don't need to play much about four minutes at the end and beginning of the first and second quarter and the third and fourth quarter. Use Evans as a sixth man with the starting five shifting around depending on who is coming out.