Hayward does not get much love here...lol...everytime i see a Hayward
article...no comments...lol...imma give him some credit...and i think he is
better starting...along with Kanter Favors Burks and Foye...i think Burks and
Hayward sharing the PG duties during the game...is more efficient...at least
each time there will be a different look in the offense...just making it more
This situation albeit against a weak squad has created quite a dilemma. How can
you keep from giving playing time to Favors and Kanter? Jefferson and Millsap
are playing well but their cost is prohibitive. It's time to go with the
young guys. It is obvious now that you don't renew their contracts and go
for the salary cap which would free at least 23 million to shop around.
Jefferson at 15 million and wanting more goes with Millsap at 8 million and
wanting to be paid in that range.
@JBQ I agree that Kanter and Favors need to play more, especially now that
the trade deadline has passed. Would have liked to have seen Hayward guarding
Kanter in the practice session. The Jazz have to try and win a higher percentage
of home games throughout the remainder of the season so they don't have to
play San Antonio or Oklahoma City in the first round of the playoffs. Yes, I,
for one, am pretty sure the Jazz are going to make the playoffs. Go Jazz!
As a Celtic's fan first & foremost I would love to have both Kanter
& Haywood on the C's( The Jazz are my 2nd favorite). I also
wouldn't mind AJ or Milsap(but not both). Kanter & Haywood both have
higher ceilings in my opinion & would be welcomed before the latter
mentions. The beauty of any trade between the two teams is that I can enjoy them
both in any incarnation. That is of course moot and I will now slink away &
lick my wounds w/out further adieu...
Kanter played horrible in the Atlanta game, and Favors was awful against the
Bobcats. I'm still not convinced that both of them should be our starters.
Favors especially does not seem to be making any progress, and I wonder if he
ever will. However, I would be comfortable seeing Jefferson go elsewhere so we
can spend that money on a better PG. Not sure who we can get that is better
than Mo, but at the right price, we might be able to land a top ten PG.
@DustinIf not now when?...they'll be stuck in the bench if you
dont give them the opportunity...should they have to wait till they are 25-26
yrs old to get acclimated with a huge part of the offense?...it would work
before...but in today's game...they would need the minutes that they can
get to improve...since game minutes is different from practice minutes...
Please, for the good of the team, do not under any circumstance put Earl Watson
in the game. The youngsters are great as backups but if they played the majority
of the minutes each night the jazz would get killed most nights. But leave
Watson on the bench.
@BrahmabullIt seems to me that the bench was what keeps the Jazz from
getting killed every night. The starters routinely get us in 10 point deficits
in the first and third quarters almost every game and it's the bench that
has to dig out of those holes. You can argue that our bench is only playing
against the other teams bench and not their starters which might have some
validity, but we can't really get a sense how are bench would play against
other teams starters because your coach won't adjust the line up unless the
starters are in casts.
re: JBQ "...How can you keep from giving playing time to Favors and
Kanter?"Easy. One night Favors scores 17 and the next night it
is 8 and he fouls out. Big Al is alot more predictable and reliable on the
offensive end.As much as I despise Big Al's defense we would
have lost another 10-15 games without him on the floor.These young
guys have potential but are very inconsistent. I'm not complaining really
but it is reality and to ignore it means you are just going to be losing alot
more.Sure we have a deep bench but that does not mean they are ready
to be starters...it just means they are better than most benches and they do
make the difference between wins and losses but realistically night after night
they are not going to be able to match up against other teams starters.Gradually bring them along the rest of the year and give them more minutes as
they prove their ability to be consistent.Lets see how Kanter does
on the road in the place of Al tonight. When he can replicate results against
better teams on the road then maybe.
@Jazz SourceBig Al's point production is predictable but he has the
green light to take as many shots as he needs to get his 20 points or so. If
Kanter has a slow start like big Al does sometimes he goes back to the bench and
doesn't get the minutes to get his groove on. Another issue is with
Jeffersons points we give up a lot of easy lay ups and inside shots because of
his defensive deficiencies. I'm not just saying that, it's pretty well
documented. I believe the combination of Favors and Kanter really plugs up the
middle a lot better and even if they score less than Jefferson and Millsap the
defense they play makes up for it.