Posted by: Patrick on July 3rd, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
The more I read, the more I like it. Mo Williams and Marvin Williams could actually be much better than one would assume at first sight. I was one who said that Harris was playing out of position last season. He was a SG, not an elite one, but a very good one. The bad thing was we were using him as a PG. He did the best he could, but his game is that of a SG. Only Elite Shooting guards are known for being combo guards or PG’s in the league. The rest are described as tweeners or what ever else you want to put on them.
So what does this have to do with Mo and Marvin? We play a kind of game that both can excel at, instead of making them play whatever we need so that they get playing time. Even if they dont do any better than they did on their former teams, they are both upgrades at the PG and SF positions. The great thing is, if we are right, they both will improve and be a much needed improvement over what we had last season.
Next, they make the whole team better. Remember how teams started squeezing the paint last season, making it harder on our bigs. Remember how we made an average of 4 3pt shots a game, usually by different players last season. How other teams were making as many 3 pt shots as we attempted, which was dismal at best for us. Remember Paul and Al both getting the ball and the double and triple team seemed to materialize as they got the ball.
Now throw in 2 guys who you have to respect or they will make you pay from the perimeter. I bet if teams try and crowd out our paint this coming yr they pay for it. Are we where we want to be, probably not, but I doubt you see us scratching to make 8th place in the playoffs this season.
I am actually excited to see what else KOC has in store. I would call this a successful off season if we see Bell and CJ in other uniforms, it would be icing on the cake. No more second highest attempts, at a very poor rate. Its really too bad that they couldnt pull off a deal to swing something like this.
Magic get Al, AK (sign trade 5 mil), NJN 2015 first round, 2017 first round, and Tinsley,
NJN get Howard, Bell, CJ (sign trade)
Utah get B Lopez (sign trade 6 mil), Brooks, NJN 2013 first round.
Then we sign Paul to an extension starting at 8 mil. Could be a very different team, especially if brooks shows some signs of making a good back up PG.
Feel free to put them in any order you want. The nice thing is everyone would have a hard time agreeing on a lineup for the talent below. A season to learn to play with each other, another to age and then what do you have?
Mo, Burks, Watson
Hayward, Brooks, Burks, Murphy
Marvin, Hayward, Carroll, Murphy
Sap, Favors, Kanter, Evans,
Favors, Kanter, Lopez
toss in Green or Ilayosava. In time you have depth and major talent. Add shooting and defense. Hahaha. I cant seem to right one of these without coming up with some wacked out trade scene. But gets the mind to thinking, doesnt it.
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