Posted by: Arnell on June 4th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
In the upcoming draft, the Jazz can go either way. Can they?
It is no secret that, in this coming season, they need to strengthen their 1) Defense (Rebounds and Help Team Defense), 2) have a consistent scorer in their Wings (SF & SG), and 3) a stable/reliable Point Guard(s).
#1 – the Team’s core BIGS (Jefferson, Favors, Millsap) can sufficiently meet our rebounding and scoring needs. O’Connor already mentioned that they’re going to the draft without Okur. So, this means, that they’re definitely going to draft at least 1-Big who can help the team this coming season. My bet is they’re going to use their #3 Pick on Kanter – unless they can trade it to Wizards #6 & #18 Picks with another player (if possible, say Javalee McGee or Nick Young) or their 2012 Unprotected First Round Pick. If so, the Jazz can select Bismack Biyombo (6th), Donatas Motiejunas (12th), and Jeremy Tyler/Jon Leuer (18th) – my ideal kind of scenario. Then, if Okur ’s health is not there anymore – they should offer to buy his contract out (unless they can collect some insurance money) and use the money to acquire either Marc Gasol(Grizzles) or DeAndre Jordan(Clippers) – both are free agents come July 1st. Coach Corbin will have the whole summer and camp to figure out how to tighten up their team defense – which he was not able to do the past season.
#2 - this coming season, Gordon Hayward will be our full-time Starter as a SG and will do part-time as a SF. CJ Miles will be resigned and will do the same as reliever to GH. Will probably also see them signing a Free Agent in Joe Alexander (6′8″ SF, a double-double guy in NBDL last year, a former 1st Round #8 Pick of the Bucks in 2008 but got injured and it took him awhile to get back in his form. This guys is now ready to go back in the flow of things in the NBA). Get him, Jazz (before another Team will) ! See http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Joe-Alexander-1185/ These 3-Guys plus Millsap, who can also slide as a SF (depending on the match-up), will be more than a handful and can score a bunch.
#3 - for a Stable/Reliable PG’s, we actually still have Devin Harris (First round 5th Pick in 2004, was also a 1-time NBA All Star). During his exit interview, he pledged to up his leadership and my hope (given time to gel and Corbin’s system installed during this summer) that he will also UP his Assists in helping his team become better and score more wins. I believe that the Jazz will resign Earl Watson as he will to continue to be the glue and provides veteran leadership to the team. A true PG that will bring energy with the 2nd Unit. If need be, Harris can even come in to play as a SG to Watson once he found his mid-range and 3-point shooting this coming season. For a 3rd PG, hopefully – they are able to find a way to pick up Shelvin Mack (probably by Buying a Pick or part of the Sign & Trade deal). If not, I am okay to bring in Kyle Weaver. But, I have a gut feel that somehow the Jazz can find a way to find a diamond among the rough for our future PG this year, if not next year (remember, we have GS Pick in 2012).
To sum up this coming season’s line-up:
Center(3): Jefferson, Gasol/Jordan, Tyler(R)/Leuer(R)
Power Forward(3): Favors, Biyombo(R), Motiejunas(R)
Small Forward(3): Millsap, Alexander, Evans
Shooting Guard(2): Hayward, Miles
Point Guard(3): Harris, Watson, Mack (R)/Weaver
That is a total of 14-Players. I will be willing to resign Fesenko (15th Player) – and, hire a Developmental Coach for the BIGS (i.e. Karl Malone) . We can always send a few of the Rookies to the Utah Flash for further develpment and gain playing time. As to Mr. Raja Bell, either Trade him for a Future 1st Round Pick or Buy him out – and, offer him to become part of the Coaching Staff as a Defensive Coach. I think he will like it.
(Note: Even if the Jazz would like to and offer AK a reasonable contract, more likely he will go for the highest bidder which is probably the NJ Nets or, guess who? - the Trailblazers!).
Yes, if I have my way in putting the Utah Jazz together this coming season, it will be this way !
I would like to hear your side of things . . .
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