I can be patient as long as Burks, Kanter, and Favors are playing considerably
more minutes next year. I just checked the list of point guards who are expected
to be in the 2012 draft, and the experts are predicting it to be a below-average
group for this position. Would any be an improvement over Alec Burks? Are you
The biggest problem I see with the Jazz is correctable, coaching. The wholesale
substitution patterns are a joke. Why do the young guns all have to come in at
once together? I think that the veterans need to be split up. The question is,
does Corbin have enough backbone to do it. I would like to see him start a
couple of the young guns and bring a couple off the bench. Gradually insert the
backups within the flow of the game as to not disrupt the momentum. The young
guns will develop sooner if the play amoungst the veterans. Personally I would
like to see Favors, Milsap, Howard, Burks and Harris (Until he is replaced at
the trade deadline) start. If big Al doesn't like it then maybe he can start
playing some defense and pass the ball back out to his team mates once in a
while when double and triple teamed. It comes down to who is running this team.
Is it Big Al or is it the coach?
The problem I see is that we lack consistent offensive weapons so we go to Big
Al on every play, even when he has gone cold, or when he is worn out in the 4th.
He is an excellent weapon, but he cannot be our only one. I thought we played
well when we treated Milsap like the "go-to guy" occasionally. Also,
I wish we would completely adjust our offensive scheme occasionally just to
throw off the defense.If we end up losing in March like we did in
February, we will get a higher draft pick which, combined with our other pick
(Golden State I believe), may be able to be packaged with Harris for some other
PG. Currently, I think I would take any other starting PG in the league over
Who the Jazz REALLY are:- A team without a superstar- A
team without a rudder (a bona fide PG)- A team without a go-to guy
(a la Malone)- A team with a starting line-up of support players- A team without a three-point threat (or two)- A team
without a plan (developing players--record be damned)- A team
without an effective free-throw coach- A team with a lot of youth
and inexperienceIn essence, a team that has the record you'd expect
of them.On the bright side, the Jazz have:- A team with
a number of promising young players- Possibilities in trades and
future draft picks to further enhance the team's rosterThere's hope,
but not for this year.
There is no lineup change Corbin can make that will transform this team into
anything more than an 8th seed type team (at absolute best) that would be gone
in the 1st round of the playoffs. It's time to accept that fact, set down and
determine which players are going to be with this team long term, start playing
them major minutes and immediately start shopping everyone else. My list would
include Jefferson, Milsap, Howard, Bell and Harris to go on the block.Even though Corbin does not believe in shooting 3's you have to have that
threat. There is no getting around the fact that the Jazz need at least 2
players that can light it up from downtown, they will never be a top tier team
without some outside firepower.
@Scalman, I think Burks is going to be a great player is this league but from
the 1 game he did start at point guard looked like more of a Harris type guard
and not so much a playmaker. Having said that I can see absolutely no harm in
giving him that role and see if he could develop into a playmaker, we certainly
have nothing to lose in trying that. I think there might be some hope Hayward at
that spot also, what we have now is certainly not working.
Jazz management needs to implement a long term plan and let Coach Corbin develop
the young guys, even if it hurts his coaching record. Playing the veterans will
undoubtably lead to more wins this year and better job security for Tyrone but I
don't care if they miraculously got in the playoffs as the last seed and lost in
the first round. KOC refuses to say the team is rebuilding and as long as they
have that mentality the future growth of the team will be stunted. The big
question is, would the fans still support the team if they were losing almost
all of the games but gaining valuable experience for the young guys and are the
Jazz willing to lose of revenue that would result from sacrificing wins and
being competitive this year in favor of building something that could be very
special in the future. So far, it doesn't look like they are!!
Another puff piece by desnews.Starting Hayward is not the answer.Harris and Watson cannot control the game or score.Bell is injury
prone and past his prime.Show the veterans the door and make some
Jazz at close to .500 is better than expected BUT this team can definitely do
better. I agree with the idea that there should be a combination of veterans and
young players in the starting lineup, which would put some veterans with the 2nd
unit. Starting: Benchpg - Harris: Watsonsg - Howard: Bellsf - Hayward: Milespf - Favors: MilsapC - Jefferson: KanterThis will give the Jazz some balanced scoring with both units. If Bell
plays terrible, than insert Burks. Same for Hayward, and Miles. If Hayward plays
terrible, start Miles and if Miles is playing terrible give Evans some minutes.
This team can fight for the 6th seed..Go Jazz
Starting Howard over Bell doesn't make much sense to me. Bell is the G/SF with
the best field goal shooting percentage and best 3-point shooting percentage on
this team. Starting Howard simply lets opponents play a zone at the opening
tip.If we want to develop some of our young talent, we really need
to bring in a shooter to help provide some offensive options. AJ and Sap are
working overtime every night!
If your going to make any changes Ty you had better get Sloan's approval first
@ Shaybo, I agree with you that Hayward could play point, but he is long &
tall & strong enough to play SF and the Jazz are short-handed there with
Kirilenko gone and Howard still recovering from last year's knee surgery. So, he
will play SG a lot and SF some. I think Burks and Hayward have both shown that
they can make different types of passes, some zipped and some with touch. Harris
only sometimes has shown me an accurate zip pass, although you guys in Utah see
the team more than I do. I think Burks might already be a better passer than
Harris, and he is potentially a better shooter and slasher with a finish. The
Jazz need a point who looks to dish first, but can also score (like D-Will).
Burks, despite his desire to go to the rim, is often very unselfish, a la
Hayward. I hope their first pick in the draft is a superior shooter at the SF
The solution is simple. Start CJ. Burks is not a point guard.
Neither is Hayward. You can't take a player and turn them into a point guard.
You either have the PG mentality or you do not. It is not something that is
taught to a player.
@CJ Milesyou do know that ever since Hayward started playing
ball...he was a PG first...he switched positions in college...he could still
play point...they better bid farewell to Harris and Big Al...if possible...trade
Devin Harris for Greivis Vasquez + a 1st round Draft Pick(i dont think this is
possible since no one would want Harris)...Trade Al Jefferson to the Suns...for
Michael Redd and Marcin Gortat...Trade Bell for future 1st or 2nd round
pick...Redd would only be a filler...to see if he can go back to his
oldself...if he does...he would be a decent trade chip...and we could sell high
before the trade deadline...Millsap for sure would not want to relinquish his
starting PF slot...people would still say...we still dont have a go to
guy...then...the coach should mention this to his team...who would be that guy
who'd take the shot...and make it a point that as of now...there is none...and
challenge his individual players to improve...and be that man...be the winner
for the team...Favors - KanterMillsap - Gortat - EvansHoward - Miles - EvansHayward - ReddVasquez - Watson - Tinsley
Kakashi, Hayward is too slow to play point. He would be unable to guard any PG
in the league at his foot speed.Another point....I watched Hayward
play defense the last two games. I focused on him. He is out of position
constantly. He needs to get that fixed. He may make hustle plays but he is
horrible in help defense and rotation. He was in no-man-land a lot during the
games I watched.
ESPN reporting that Jazz and Raptors have been talking about a trade involving
Jose Calderon.There's your point guard.But -- if you
were the Raptors, who on the Jazz would you demand for Calderon?
Jose Calderon would be an outstanding fit for the Utah Jazz. Who knows what
rumors have meat to them, but I hope this one has some meat.If I
were the Toronto Raptors, however, I'm pretty desperate at SF/PF. So the
Raptors are likely looking for Favors or Millsap, or possibly pairing Gordon
Hayward with a true PG such as Earl Watson. That would be my guess.