Jimmer is only going to be a backup next year (if he were with the Jazz). Would
he really pump up the crowd much if he plays 15 minutes a game? Would the
novelty wear off after a while?There's also the fact that the
benefit (he's from BYU and has strong support from a segment of the Jazz
fanbase) comes with the flip side... the other part of the Jazz fanbase that is
likely to attend home games is largely made up of Ute and Aggie fans.
Jimmer was a lose lose for the Jazz.Too much pressure on him to play
and perform well.Too much pressure on the Jazz to play and develop
him.Besides, how do we know that the Jazz didn't try to trade up to
get him? It wasn't as if the Jazz passed on Jimmer. Jimmer was drafted before
the Jazz could take him (#3 would have been wayyyy too high for Jimmer).I have full confidence that Kanter and Burks will provide us with plenty
of excitement.I wish Jimmer the best of luck. He's in a better
situation in Sacramento than what he would have had here in Utah. And Utah is in
a better situation too. Two young players that can develop and be great. Not
much pressure, they can just ease into their roles. And Ty Corbin will not be
pressured every day by BYU fans to play Kanter or Burks.
The Jazz drafted the best available athlete at the 3rd pick. Jimmer was never
projected to go as high as 3, and the Jazz would have wasted their pick on him
at the spot. No he wasn't available at 12, but that is not something the Jazz
had control over. Maybe the would have drafted him, so the pundits
seem to say, but the point is moot. To argue that the Jazz "jimmered"
the results so they didn't have to pick him is opinion without substantiation.
We all love Jimmer, but it was best for him to go elsewhere. SLC is not Provo,
and the NBA is not BYU. Get over it.
Move on Jason, move on. Sacramento has a place for thee.
Certainly you aren't suggesting that the Jazz should have taken Jimmer at #3?
Are you?....that would have been pure stupidity on the part of the Jazz. Yes,
it would have been nice it Jimmer was still around at #12 and by most accounts,
he was very likely to have been. Had the Jazz passed on him at #12 you MIGHT
have a case, however, suggesting that the Jazz waste a #3 pick on Jimmer just
shows how little the OP understands about basketball and the NBA draft.
Can we put this to bed please?-Kevin O'connor listens to all trade
offers and does his homework. So does the rest of the staff. They make a list
of who they want, in order, so they are prepared for any situation that may
arise. Teams are constantly on the phone trying to trade up or down and see
what they can get or have to give up. Multiple sources reported
that the Jazz had Alec Burks higher on their draft board than Jimmer. If both
had slid to 12, you would likely have seen the Jazz take Burks anyway. My final point is this; yes, Jimmer-mania was electric. However, the
NBA is a whole different ball game. If the team were to lose a lot,
"Jimmer-mania" would not be able to keep people in the stands....
Jimmer fans have already signed up with the Sacramento Bee, lashing out at any
column or comment which dares question the talent of James Fredette. That is
the sort of ugliness the Jazz organization just avoided. Good riddence.
Who says certain fans around here are myopic?
I'm sure Tyrone Corbin was looking forward to having 1 million back seat drivers
to help him coach."If they would have played Jimmer the whole
game, they would have won. Sure he got some shots blocked in the first half,
but it's Jimmer and he would have won the game with a 70 foot jumper, just like
that one time against..."