Utah Sports Ruckus: Grading the Jazz's rebuild so far

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  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    April 23, 2014 9:24 a.m.

    It's stupid to 2nd guess picking Hayward over George. Both are good players and the Jazz wanted Hayward. The assertion that there is no team identity is correct. They have no defensive toughness nor do they have a 2 minute offense that the team believes in. In Sloan's time the Jazz knew exactly how they were going to close out games and it came down to execution. This jazz team gives it to Hayward and he shoots an off balance 30 footer. They need a coach that the team can believe in.

  • CougarColby Fort Benning, GA
    April 23, 2014 7:13 a.m.

    That was a great article and obviously written according to one man's opinion. It still bugs me that the organization (apparently) stood being D-Will more than Coach Sloan. It was well known for years that Coach Sloan was not a big Player Ego person. You come to play and play how I (the Coach) want you to.

    I think the Jazz have pretty much done everything right since then. I would love to Paul George in a Jazz uniform, but the likelihood of him staying in Utah in not very high. Hayward has more of a chance at staying which could have been a big reason why they drafted him. As much as we love Utah and our Jazz, the rest of the country doesn't really feel the same way. There is no Glamor. A player isn't going to take his persona far being in SLC.

    I'm excited for what the coaching change brings. I'm hoping Lionel Hollins gets an opportunity to interview!

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 22, 2014 8:08 p.m.

    I think assuming the Jazz could have gotten a long term asset for Jefferson or Millsap is folly.

    My guess is that team looking to sign and trade with them, which is what it would have taken for them to get something in return, would have wanted the Jazz to take back salary in return, which was completely contrary to what the Jazz were trying to do going into this season. The only contracts they took on were one year contracts expiring this off season.

    It also isn't as if Millsap or Jefferson were max contract guys, so there was absolutely no motivation for their teams to seek a sign and trade, because they didn't have to venture into the realm that only the Jazz could contractually offer.

    So grading that move is totally off.

    I absolutely give that move an A+. Now, what they do with the financial flexibility remains to be seen, but the move was absolutely spot on.

  • NumpDuck Madison, WI
    April 22, 2014 6:31 p.m.

    It's an amateurish pundit move to grade someone on criteria you arbitrarily set up. I'm talking about the idea that it is best for development that they young guys play a certain amount of minutes. Kanter, for instance, totally sucked for most of the year on defense. It's a totally accepted practice that playing time is used to motivate a player to get better at something. Burks is another example. He got the ball as a number one option coming off the bench which developed his game and that didn't happen when he started with the other young guys. Another example is that playing Williams and Jefferson helped create a more viable team which helped the young guys more than if they were just thrown out there to struggle with about one and half 3 point shooters. And finally, Lindsey himself said he had no problem with the minutes and rotation.

    I agree with a lot of your grades but your ideas about minutes and development make it seem like you don't know much about basketball.

  • I<3tennis Sandy, UT
    April 22, 2014 5:23 p.m.

    I'm impressed with your ability to read the situation, explain it and make spot on analysis. You're impressive. I also like that you don't candy coat anything and just tell it how it is. It's refreshing and realistic. I enjoy reading an honest opinion and inteligentl comments.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    April 22, 2014 4:57 p.m.

    Paul George may be good...but he isnt a superstar yet...he is a solid player..and would be a great second option....i think Paul George is like an athletic Joe Johnson....a good player...but cant be the number 1 guy...evidence being the almost collapse at the end of the season by indiana...and their first game loss to atlanta...i do not take away anything from Paul George at this point...he is indeed the better player than Hayward...but we have to look at how the team's system and players fit in...would we be better if we had Paul George? probably...we wouldnt know...and i am guessing...the Jazz would let Hayward walk...if the asking price is too much...Nik Stauskas could replace Hayward if we are able to draft him