Posted by: Jared Jardine on February 7th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I know that there are many Jazz fans that think Millsap walks on water. I am not one of them. Honestly, I am stunned that Millsap is even mentioned for an All-Star slot. Millsap is at his best when he is scrapping for every loose ball and fighting for every rebound. The Jazz are definitely not at there best when they are running plays for Millsap. IMHO playing with Jefferson down low has dramatically inflated Millsap’s statistics so far this year. Tonight vs the NY and the other night vs Golden State the defense keyed on Millsap and he wilted big time. There is a gigantic difference between a player like Al Jefferson (In my view the real All-Star candidate on this team) who can still produce even though double teamed (although we would admittedly like him to pass out of it a bit more often) and Millsap who gets consistently erased completely. Don’t get me wrong, I love having Millsap on the team, but I think it is time to put Favors back in the starting lineup and put Millsap back as the 6th man on the Jazz roster. We need Favors in the starting unit for his defense, his height, and his rebounding. It is hurting the Jazz to pretend that Millsap is the Power Forward of the future, and after watching his performance tonight it is obvious that it isn’t helping us win games either.
Looking at our record (home games and away games) it looks like we will end up around .500. At the end of the year, would we rather have spent a year (ending it somewhere in the 7th-11th best in the West) developing our young talent or letting Millsap and Bell start (and more importantly get starter’s minutes) while our young players make minimal improvement and gain minimal experience? I know Favors is still getting minutes, but the minutes that really count are the ones when you are put in with the game on the line and expected to produce. One of the reasons that Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan had a stressful relationship is because of the way that Sloan played D-Will his first year with the Jazz. If Corbin continues to treats our young talent the same way, we will continue to have our best players want to leave as soon as they are able.
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