Posted by: Jake on June 8th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Given the fact that I know its been a sensitive subject regarding AK I’ll tread lightly and simply say if he did return to Utah what we would have.
Without doing a lot of adding and changing we could have a lineup like this…
Jefferson, Favors, AK, Hayward & Harris….
Not bad if coached the right way. Harris proved to be able to drop the 3 ball as can Hayward and AK. None are amazing I agree, but you get 3 very good defenders on the court in Favors, AK and Hayward. Harris has to look at the intensity of San Antonio and Thunder and see that need to get much more nasty and stop being a nice guy. Harris has a lot going for him he just doesn’t have a coach thats bringing it out of him, but he’s not bad. We’d better but thats going to be really tuff to find and even more difficult to afford unless we draft it in through trading for picks which means we’re still building for the future.
At a certain point we do need to decide if we’re going to go with the OKC model or not. If we do we’re still 2-3 years out from being where they are is what it looks like. Anyway I’m getting off point.
As a second lineup we could play…
Kanter, Milsap, Caroll, Burks and Watson/Tinsley or whoever… (I know we’ll see more new faces so things will change big time I’m sure)
But… If we do keep Big Al and Milsap then I think we’d be better off bringing Milsap in off the bench as a primary screr against second squads. Not that he can’t get it done against the first squad, and not that he won’t see big minutes against all-star talent, it’s just a balance thing. Favors is the better defender for sure so putting him against other starting PF will stop the other teams fire power is needs be, but once the second squad comes in Milsap can defend plenty well but easily out play bench players since he can outplay most starters as well. I just see it as a beter balance, and like Harden on OKC he comes in to do damage and create life. I see Milsap as someone that could provide that. He can carry a second squad. Just a thought.
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