Posted by: David J. Smith on November 14th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Now, to catch-up on some Jazz thoughts:
- A lot has been said about the big lineup. Coach Corbin went with Derrick Favors, Al Jefferson, and Paul Millsap for the final 18 1/2 minutes of the Toronto game and it paid “big” dividends. Perhaps with his ever improving outside marksmanship, Millsap may be able to play more small forward. Do I think it should be the regular lineup? No. But should it be used more frequently, especially in light of certain matchups? Absolutely. In this case, the Jazz had their backs against the walls and when that happened, you should always elect to go with your best players. And I believe these three to be among our best.
- Some were or still are suspicious of Mo Williams’ playmaking skills. Well, he is dishing out dimes to the tune of 7.4 per game, good for 12th in the NBA. That puts him within half an assist of guys like Deron Williams, Tony Parker, Goran Dragic, and Russell Westbrook (granted, not all these guys are known as high-volume assist players, but are viewed as better point guards than Mo) and ahead of Kyrie Irving, Mike Conley Jr., and the Jeremy Lin.
- Guess who leads our team in steals? None other than Al Jefferson at 1.50 spg.
- Speaking of Al, it appears he has broken out of the funk. The past two outings, he has produced 25.5 ppg, 15.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 bpg, and 1.5 spg, while getting to the line 5.0 times a game (twice his season average). Not to mention his amazing three-pointer. One thing I’ve loved is how Al is stepping things up on the boards. His 11.5 rpg mark places him fifth in the NBA.
- You know, if a team ever signed Linas Kleiza, Nic Batum, Matt Bonner, and Kyle Lowry to the same team, the Jazz would never have a chance. The classic Jazz killers…
- You have to love the early-season balance we are seeing. Six players averaging double-figures (with Favors not far behind at 9.1 ppg), 10 averaging 10 or more minutes (although DeMarre Carroll is out of the rotation), and different leading scorers from game to game.
- He struggles with his shooting, but Jamaal Tinsley has been phenomenal with his passing. He ranks 3rd, just behind Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul, in assists/48 minutes: 14.0
- Shouldn’t Toronto be better than they have been the past few years? Individually, they have some very talented guys, but they cannot put it together. It’s nice to see DeMar DeRozan improving.
- With Kyle Lowry in place, and despite his gaudy assist totals, you have to imagine Jose Calderon is attainable by a team needing PG help. He has an expiring $9M contract and would help a number of teams.
- Just imagine Derrick Favors’ blocked shots potential if we played Marcin Gortat 82 games a season. By the way, Favors is fifth with 2.50 bpg.
- One thing I loved: seeing the bench’s reaction after each big shot against the Raptors. This is a team with no hidden agendas, no ulterior motives, and a lot of unity. While the road has been rocky, this feeling you can see bodes well for this season.
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