Posted by: Jazzaholic on December 30th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Through the last game the Jazz +/- for the year is
D. Carroll $0.8m = +71
J. Tinsley $1.3m = +70
E. Kanter $4.3m = +51
G. Hayward $2.7m = +25
A. Burks $2.1m = +22
J. Evans $1.8m = +16
D. Favors $4.7m = +2
K. Murphy $.5m = -12
M. Williams $8.5m = -16
E. Watson $2.3 = -26
P. Millsap $8.6m = -55
M. Williams $8.3m = -63
A. Jefferson $15m = -77
R. Foye $2.5m = -133
The present starters cost $42.9m and are a -344 points, total, this year so far.
The Core4 (Favors, Kanter, Hayward, Burks) and Carroll make $14.6m and are a +171 points.
I know that for one game or a player with few minutes the +/- may not be statistically sound, but for a season, the data make some sense.
The starters have cost of $42.9m and have been outscored 344 points so far this season.
The 5 bench players (the Core4 + Demarre) cost the Jazz 1/3rd as much ($14.6m) and OUTscore opponents by 171 points year to date.
It may sound drastic, but what about putting the starters on the bench, or better yet trading them for more efficient players or draft picks, and starting the bench?
There is a 515 point difference between the starters and the bench. Somewhere along the line, you’d think Ty, or at least one of the assistants, would ask, “Why not start the young guys and bring the vets off the bench?”
It would sure benefit Paul, who is undersized and out manned against the starting power forwards in the league. He would do much better as a 6th man, than a starter.
It would give the Jazz much better pick and roll defense.
The pace of the game, forced turnovers and fast break points should all increase.
As starters, the more efficient, younger players would get more time.
As starters, the younger players would get more playing time and crunch time to develop.
It’s not like the Jazz are gunning for home court in the playoffs. They are hoping to squeeze in at the 8th spot again, it they can even make the playoffs.
Play the kids NOW. If the Jazz do make the playoffs, the youngsters will be ready to lead the way. If they don’t, what have you lost? You’ve gained the vital experience needed by your top draft picks for next year.
The vets are just not a good value. They are paid too much for their (lack of) production. Make every effort to trade them for more efficient players or draft picks. If they’re still around at the end of the year don’t resign them. Use that money for more efficient players.
Does this remind you of last year when Howard, CJ and Toxic Raja sucked up all the minutes, which should have gone to the young guys?
How much better would the Jazz be now, if the Core4 had played that extra time last year?
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