Am I the only one who sees that the Jazz have a log jam at the 4-5 spot? All the
bigs are playing well right now. I guess it is a good problem to have if your
the Jazz. I still think the Jazz should make a trade to get another wing player,
someone who can create and shoot the ball. I am not trying to be negative, but I
dont think the Jazz need AK and his 17 million dollar contract. I would use that
to get under the cap and bring in a shooter.
miami needs some players but they have noone to trade for and no money to pay.
@ Jazz-Nation: i see it too...they have too much people at the 4-5...come next
season...they'll get another one in Tomic...they need to get wings...and a legit
3-pt threat...why not Trevor Ariza?...Ariza is definitely a better shooter than
AK...but AK has a lot of advantages...one...he could swat the ball...two he
could defend multiple positions...and he is at his best when he is patrolling
the paint and helping on the weakside...they need to develop Gordon Hayward and
Jeremy Evans...not just through D-league...they need them NBA quality
minutes...like they used to during the old days...where there wasnt a
D-League....look at Morris Almond...he dominated the D-League...and where is he
now?...rookies need playing time with real NBA caliber opponents to improve...i
think...they should just tank this year and make it a season long practice
session...so that they could build up a very strong chemistry....just look at
the spurs...its chemistry that wins them games...if everyone new what they need
to do...they'll win..
Re all previous posters:If I could choose to have a log jam at any
position it would be at center. What a great problem to have.I also
think the Jazz could use another wing, but trading AK, who will play almost
exclusively on the wing when Okur comes back, seems counter intuitive. I can't wait to see Okur back in action, the Jazz are unquestionably better
with him. He will provide the two things the Jazz are missing the most-
rebounding and outside shooting.
It certainly is a nice problem to have an abundance of quality big men. Al
Jefferson has played well thus far offensively at center and can keep improving
defensively. I think Memot Okur could play the 3 within the offense. Why can't
he be the wing player we need? I can't wait to see him play again - wish we had
a time table but I'll bet he's able to play in a game in a few weeks.
Maybe, just maybe Okur will finally kick fes outta the rotation. Come on Memo!!!
Re Gdot-aka-whitelightning : I hope your wrong, what the Jazz need is what Fes
brings to the game, defense and a presence in the middle. I worry that when Okur
returns it will cut Fes's minutes but what we need is for Fes to get more
minutes and continue to improve so he can be on the floor more. If the
name of the game is winning, Fes needs to be on the floor, his plus / minus is
usually the highest or near the highest on the team. He helps the team outplay
the other team while he is on the floor and that is what we want and need. His
individual stats may not be that great but his impact on the game and on winning
is what we need.There is more to the game than scoring.
If all these know it alls do know it all the should devide up KOC and Sloans
I'm extremely excited and nervous for Okur's return. The previous comments have
reflected all my thoughts and emotions. The anxiety I have is about
who will start games. My guess is, it will still be Al and Milsap until Okur
really gets going. Perhaps I am too worried about hurting feelings.Trading in this situation does not seem like a bad move, but we would need to
make some serous magic to happen to get a wing who will really give us what we
need. When it comes down to it, we want to be a team that can beat
the Lakers in the playoffs. If we have Fes, Okur, AJ, Milsap, and occasionally
AK working against Bynum, Gasol, and Odom, I think we have something much better
than we have in the past.Now let's start rebounding!
Imagine Iggy in a Jazz uniform. Igadola is a great perimeter defender and can do
it all. The 76's want a big man in return. Utah has the trade exception from
Harpring and the rights to Ante Tomic and could through in G.Hayward. I am
lobbying for the Jazz to trade for Iggy! GO JAZZ!
So, without a trade or injury, who goes off roster? For Fes, it's a cut it or
get off the pot year, and in the right situation, he brings fierce energy in a
big package, while Elson's contributing all over the floor in
tangible/intangible ways. Hayward's just not getting the time he needs to learn
the pro style game, so I say he goes D-League until an injury. The
"congestion" isn't as bad as it seems. Jefferson's a very legitimate
4-5, Kirilenko's another tweener who can play a range of positions (sometimes
all during one trip down the court). Millsap has 3 experience, Okur spends too
much time outside for a 5 anyway, so can he defend 4's? A question
is if either Okur or Millsap can keep up with the faster 3's. But in any case,
while I'd trade Okur for a tough, proven 3 with a sweet stroke on 3's - I just
don't believe in him in a late playoff round, sorry - if these are the Jazz, my
vote's to keep Elson and Fez and play jam-it-in-their-faces ball.