Posted by: jason michael crannell on September 4th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Who would you like to see start this coming season for your Utah Jazz?
I agree that who finishes games is more important then who starts, but putting the right five players on the floor to begin each game really sets the tone, and is vital to the success of the team.
For sometime, I’ve been going back and forth on two possible starting lineups, and weighing the pros and cons of each. One lineup consists of Jefferson, Favors, and Millsap up front, with Hayward and Mo Williams in the backcourt. This “big” lineup was dominant last season defensively, according to the stat keeping of David Locke. I really like this lineup defensively (Jefferson doesn’t seem to be exposed quite as often with Favors and Millsap on the floor alongside him). Paul Millsap showed he could guard most small forwards, and even some guards (he really hounded the Hornets Eric Gordon way out on the floor in a game toward the end of the regular season). Favors, and Hayward are both strong defenders, and Mo Williams won’t be afraid to set a hard pick, or take a charge, unlike Devin Harris (who played the game like he was in a tuxedo most nights). How would this lineup fair against the elite level teams…I’m not sure. But, there is no doubt in my mind, that this group would more then hold it’s own against two third’s of the NBA. My second unit would consist of Foye at the point, Burks at the shooting guard, Marvin Willams at small forward, Evans at power forward, and Kanter at center.
The other lineup I like would be Jefferson, Favors, and Marvin Williams up front, with Hayward and Mo Williams in the backcourt. If Millsap was willing to accept a sixth man role, this lineup could also be very effective. I’m not sure if it would be quite as tough defensively (since you lose a great deal of grit and toughness when Paul isn’t on the floor), but it would be a bit more versatile offensively, and possibly harder to guard for the opponent on the defensive end. My second team off the bench would be Foye at the point, Burks at the shooting guard, Evans at the small forward, Millsap at the four spot, and Kanter in the middle.
Anyway, I would love to hear your thoughts on who you would like to see Corbin start this coming season, and your reasoning behind your choices.
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