Posted by: Andy-Larsen on February 10th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Last week, this guy named Wyn Douglas created and published NBA transaction flowcharts. These flowcharts allow you to see how each NBA team acquired each player currently on their roster. This is informative because you can see each team’s approach to acquiring talent and winning games.
Let’s look at Utah’s, for example, which can be found here. Most of our player transactions are really simple: we either drafted a player with our draft pick, or signed a free agent. There are only a few exceptions:
- The pick used to draft Andrei Kirilenko was acquired in a 1996 trade.
- We traded 3 picks to get the Deron Williams pick in 2005.
- We traded Giricek and a pick for Korver,
- We saved Philly from the luxury tax (Alan Henderson, I believe?) for the rights to switch 2nd round picks (which we used to draft Fesenko).
That’s it, and its not a very extensive list. Portland, for example, has used a whole lot more creative transaction processing to get their current roster.
As you can see, Portland’s flowchart is a whole lot more complicated. Trades lead to goods then used in other transactions, which eventually lead to the current players on their roster. Portland deserves a lot of credit for what they’ve done to build their team, and Kevin Pritchard has received lots of praise for his rebuilding efforts. The reason for this is simple: Portland engages in a lot of transactions, so there is more of an opportunity to evaluate their decisions. Most of them have been positive, so when Pritchard makes a move, he stays in the public eye in a positive light.
The Jazz, however, take a different approach, built on stability rather than acquisition. This has caused a lot of criticism within the fan base, fans call the front office stagnant and afraid to make a move that would improve the team. Some of that might be true, but it’s a style that has lead the Jazz to a lot of success.
(I think I should defend this statement, because many fans would say the Jazz have been a failure, never been a success, because we’ve never won a championship. I disagree. The continued existence, stability, and level of winning that this team has had is nothing short of remarkable. The Utah Jazz play in the smallest market in professional sports (by population), and yet we have survived, and thrived. To risk everything with an all-or-nothing type of trade would be short-sighted.)
But what do you think? Should the Jazz seek to make more personnel moves in a (somewhat risky) effort to improve the team, or should we stay focused on stability in our situation?
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