Posted by: IGWjazzfan on July 23rd, 2012
Hmmm I don’t know, is it like an egg roll?
Say we go into next season with our current roster. Can the front office convince Millsap to take on a bench roll? If so will he be in the running for sixth man next year? If he doesnt, what do we do with him? I feel that if we start him over Favors this year we will loose Favors to free agency as soon as he is able.
I do not think he likes the idea of coming off the bench. He wants to prove to the world he can be a starting power forward on a playoff team as he has voiced plenty of times. He will be starting this season coming off the bench as he did last year. The only way he is taking the starting spot back is if AL is traded.
Honestly I would love to see Favors start at center with Millsap our starting power forward. Then have AL and Kanter come off the bench. Al can dominate the second tier big men on offense while Kanter can rebound and shut down big me on defense. Paul and Favors would have a good 1,2 punch in our starting lineu.
Gosh I don’t know. Hey how about the coaching staff worry about that.
This is a question the jazz should have asked and answered June 1st, concerning Al as well. Neither player has a future with the Jazz as starters. If a bench role was undesirable, they should have both been moved before the draft. Maybe we can still get picks and players, but this question is long overdue.
At this point I don’t see us getting any better. I don’t know that we could move millsap or Jefferson for a better PG? The only moves to make are moves that get us better at a position than we already are obviously. Jefferson doesn’t get us an all-star PG by himself and I don’t know that we could even go after that would be worth it for Jefferson alone. Throwing in another peice in addition to Jefferson I don’t think gets us any closer to a team letting go of a star, so I think Al and Millsap are here. Lets get them both signed to extensions and continue to grow them. Al still has upside and Millsap has shown he can play the 3 a bit. His defense was actually pretty crazy last year out past the 3 point line defending and getting steals so he could actually play very well at both positions depending on the matchups. We could have a nightmare front line if we continue to devlope things. I think we showed that the big 3 were actually fairly good together. We can always look at additional options for trades later if we can’t get it to function like we want. I think we have created 2 really decent teams with the peices we have. Lots of options at multiple positons which is the direction the NBA is going towards.
Hayward 2/3/ Maybe some 1 (just throwing that out there)
Burks 2/Maybe 1
Mo Will 1/2
That gives us a ton of looks and versatility. So I think we don’t have to make him take a bench role… We can put him at the 3 if he is that upset Just a thought.
@ Omar – I hope they did but I have very little faith in Corbin.
@Jake – A 4 quality big man rotation doesn’t work. If Favors doesn’t start he isn’t going to stay.
I was listening to something David Locke did with Matt Harpring, and he said they saw Favors as a 5, particulary in the early stages on his career. Although I’m bracing myself for some backlash here I kind of agree with this. To quote Locke again, is Favors Dwight Howard 2.0? Look at the evidence – long, athletic, shot blocker, excellent defensive game, developing offensive game, no real jump shot – most points come from the paint, their numbers are almost identical for the first few years (think they have to be averaged over a certain number of minutes).
If you do see Favors as a 5, it allows you the advantage to play both Favors and Millsap from the start. This of course is unlikely as they won’t bench Al, but if the coaches really do see Favors as a 5, and the general consensus is that he will start, does this mean a trade is on the offing for Al?
Just a thought.
@ Dave, Favors has the right frame, timing – getting more confident – if he works out to the point where he has pumpkins for shoulders (Dwight has 17 pounds on him) I can totally see it. I think he has a much better jumper as well than Dwigit – much better form and release.
I don’t think there’s any point in differentiating between the 4 and 5 spot when talking about Favors/Al – the All-star balloting considered Al a 4 for some reason…But Al/Favors is the most effective starting 4/5 – Al’s a better offensive player than Millsap, especially against bigger guys and Favors compensates for his glaring defensive weaknesses.
Millsap must come off the bench, be traded or grow three inches – he measured 6′7” with shoes when he was drafted if anyone was curious (which is one inch taller than Burks). He would destroy any bench.
Al/Favors/Williams/Hayward is an enormous lineup – athletic enough to keep up with smaller guys too methinks.
In my opinion Millsap is a great bench Power Forward, but I don’t believe he will accept that role, and if he wont, we need to move him.
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