Posted by: Jazzaholic on November 21st, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
The current “BIG” lineup is not doing as well as expected.
So, why not?
Only 2 games may be too soon to tell, or perhaps the Jazz have the wrong “BIG” lineup starting the game. Randy Foye has not done as well starting as hoped, but has played very well with the second unit. Gordon and Marvin have thrived with the second unit. The key to the “BIG” lineup is clearly Derrick Favors.
I think this would be our best “BIG” lineup.
PG: Mo Williams, 6′1″, EFF +15.09.
SG: Gordon Hayward, 6′8″, +12.25.
SF: Marvin Williams, 6′9″, EFF +10.7.
PF: Al Jefferson, 6′10″, EFF +21.8.
C: Derrick Favors, 6″10″, EFF 13.83.
From the small sample size of games I’ve seen, the small forward position seems to be the key problem. Perhaps the best “BIG” line up would be with Paul coming off the bench? He has a difficult time getting his own shot and guarding the 3 point line.
Paul is too small to guard most of the starting PFs and to slow to guard most starting SFs on the 3 point line.
If Paul were to come off the bench, against the 2nd string PF, he could be more productive on both offense and defense. This would allow the Junkyard Dog, DeMarre Carroll, to come in, play SF alongside Paul and cause havoc with the other team. Randy Foye would be there to shoot 3s and Enes gives the second team low post presence, rebounding and defense. Too bad Jamaal has lost his shooting touch. Perhaps Earl will give the second unit that punch and speed they need.
It’s too bad that our two young 6′6″ guards, Alec Burks and Kevin Murphy, aren’t playing better, getting more time and able to play the point. That extra size at PG would cause some real match up problems.
Because Big Al and Paul are on expiring contracts, if they are not in the starting lineup, they will probably not resign next year. Bring either one off the bench, even if they are finishing the game and getting their minutes, and kiss off any long term signing, because they will sign with a team where they can start.
At least the Jazz mostly have efficient players on the roster, as opposed to last year, with Toxic Raja, CJ and Howard gobbling up minutes, with little production.
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